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Written by Davey Jenkins   
Thursday, 24 December 2015 16:21

Functional Integrated Dry Needling Course FIDN - Level 1 comes to the UK and Europe in 2017

Functional Dry Needling Courses Available to Book for 2016 - click here 

I first met Dr Mihir Somaiya from Mumbai earlier this year when we delivered Kinesiology Taping courses together in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He also took time out to spend several hours demonstrating his FIDN techniques and explaining the benefits to his many patients following this technique. 

A few months followed with Dr Mihir sending me the relevant literature on pain pathways and how his FIDN techniques have had  positive results with his clients at his Mumbai Physiotherapy clinic. This had me very interested indeed!

I was then lucky enough to be invited to Mumbai to spend 5 Days time with him in his practice where he expertly instructed in the  me use of his FIDN techniques in a real life scenarios with his clients I had the opportunity to meet with some of his past clients and of course his current clients who are in for treatment for various neural and musco-skeletal issues.

I must say the results as expected are quite superb. After discussing symptoms , treatments , timescale of treatment and results with his clients these are techniques i will most definitely be introducing into my clinical practice.

FIDN is an essential addition to anyone who is in clinical practice and i you weren't sure about attending the FIDN course then think again. This course is a must !

Dr Mihir recently taught at the De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines and before arrriving to teach in the UK in April he will be teaching FIDN in Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

Whats different about Functional Integrated Dry Needling to "Normal" Dry Needling and what is it for?

  • Normally dry needling is done on trigger points but what if there are no trigger points? 
  • Hence FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATED DRY NEEDLING is a new phenomenon which is done on not only trigger points but tender points.
  • FIDN also follows the peripheral nerves and therefore the flow of the pain pathways.
  • Intra discal needling and the stimulation of the cartilage /menisci of the knee will be demonstrated and taught. 
  • For more details see the course itinerary below.

Who Can Attend, Entry Requirements?

The course is open to Sports Massage Therapists, Remedial Massage Therapists, Physiotherapists, McTimony Chiropractors, Osteomyologists, Homeopaths, Shiatsu practitioners and Manual therapists. It is also recommended for General Practitioners, Chiropractors and Osteopaths for CPD. 

Therapists must be qualified and have a good working knowledge of surface anatomy, palpation skills, physiology and basic pathology. 

Course Tutor

Taught by FIDN foundr -  Dr Mihir Somaiya of the Asia Health Care Center, Mumbai, India. 

These 20 hours courses consist of a minimum 4 hours study via manual before attending the course.Then a practical 2 Days,16 hours taught by Dr Mihir .

On Completion of the course Balens Insurance Can offer both a top-up policy to your current policy or provide full cover including the use of Functional Integrated Dry Needling to your current practice.



As we all know that unless required nobody in the world want to go for surgery or on medications as far as musculoskeletal pain is considered.

According to the statistics by WHO (2015-2016) an approximate of 82% people opted out not to go for surgery for spine and 76% not to go for knee replacement surgery.
The following treatment ensures and helps in avoidance of surgery for various conditions with proper references and researched papers. 

Course Details and Itinerary
  • Functional Integrated Dry Needling for Pain management and Functional Rehabilitation is a neurophysiological evidence based treatment which is based on the anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the human body unlike acupuncture which is based on meridians as per the old Chinese technique. 
  • The needling is performed on the trigger points, tender points, the pain pathways(modulation of PNS to CNS) which then are responsible for the proper conduction to the muscles, which is responsible for core pain management and functional rehabilitation(Pain is the means by which the Peripheral nervous system (PNS) warns the central nervous system (CNS) of injury or potential injury to the body).
  • The course has also high weightage of proper mechanism of stimulation of cartilage of knee joint with evidence and subsequent antidode effect.
  • The course is developed by evidence based practice as well as references from the earlier studies.
  • The functional dry needling training can help in providing the healthcare professionals as a great tool to serve their patients and clients with great result in conjunction to their therapeutic modalities.
  • Functional integrated dry needling course also helps delegates in developing adequate knowledge in diagnosis and proper evaluation of various conditions and how to safely needle them.
  • Delegates will develop skills to not only give treatment or needling for pain management but also restoring their functional abilities and restricted movements.
  • Delegates will be having enough practical and laboratory sessions so as to get hands on needles and also to maintain OSHA standards and guidelines of safe needling and avoid any adverse effects. 
Module 1
Functional Integrated Dry Needling is a two day course and has a total credit or CEU’s of 16 HRS.
 Physical Therapist, Acupuncturist, Chiropractisioners, Medical Professional people can attend this course. 
The Course will consist of the following:

9 am to 12 noon

What is dry needling? 
Different Models of dry needling
Introduction to pain
What is functional dry needling?
How does it act?
(1) Nerve Flow Stimulation.
(2) Antidode Mechanisms.
(3) Stimulation of the pain gate mechanism & nociceptive fibers.
(4) Cartilage stimulation

Indications of dry needling
Effects of Functional dry needling
(1) Analgesic effects
(2) Biochemical Modulation
(3) Mechanical Effects.
Adverse effects of dry needling
Limitations of dry needling

12 noon to 1pm

1 pm to 3 pm

Understanding needles.
Handling needles.
Self practice needling.
Directions of insertion/ basic insertion techniques.
Maintaining posture of the patients during needling and safety.
Introduction to the concept of Functional integrated approach & the concept of pain which is a way by which the Peripheral nervous system (PNS) warns the central nervous system (CNS) of injury or potential injury to the body needling concept which is based Neuro physiological effects is explained in detail. 
How to use dry needles, various sizes of needles and its importance 
Handling of the needles by maintaining atmost safety, direction of the needle, manipulation of the needle after insertion.
Procedure/hygiene/consent for from the patient/ proper disposing of the needles.

3pm to 3.30pm

Tea Break

3.30pm to 5.30pm

The functional integrated approach of needling of the following muscles, bands and tendons & its functional areas of the lower limb will be explained in detail with the practical sessions:

Gluteus Maximus.
Iliotibial Band. (TFL)
Tibialis anterior
Tibialis posterior.
Adductor Hallucis
Extensor Hallucis brevis.
Flexor Hallucis brevis.

5.30pm to 6pm
Revision and questions

Day 2
9 am  to 12noon

The functional integrated approach of needling of the following muscles, bands and tendons & its functional areas of the face, upper limb & trunk lower limb will be explained in detail with the practical sessions:

Splenius Capitis.
Semi Spinalis Capitis.
Upper trapezius.
Pectoralis major.

12pm to 1pm


1pm to 2pm

Supra spinatous.
Infra spinatous.
Brachio radialis.
Extensor pollicis longus.

2pm to 4pm

The needling of the following Conditions or deformities & its functional points as well as symptomatic points will be explained in detail with the practical sessions:
Carpel tunnel syndrome.

4pm to 4.30pm

Tea Break

4.30pm to 5.30pm

Exam (Theory & Practical)

Certificate Presentation and discussion on requirements on progression to the FIDN Level 2 course.

Functional Dry Needling Courses Available to Book for 2016 - click here .


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