PPT Clinic owner Richard McDonald delivers the PPT Dry Needling Courses through his sister company Dry Needling Ireland. Both Level 1 and Level 2 courses are on offer from Dry Needling Ireland. You can visit the Dry Needling Ireland website here.

COURSE HIGHLIGHT! After completion of the course students are given FREE membership to Dry Needling Ireland where they will have access to video demos of all the techniques they learned on the course. They will also be able to take part in the members discussion forum should they have any questions or have advice/experierences on dry needling to share with fellow members. This service is entirely FREE and membership is life long!


This 3 day course offers you the opportunity to qualify and practice in the area of trigger point dry needling and will give you 21 CPD hours. It is a comprehensive course covering basic to advanced needling techniques from head to toe.
With more techniques and anatomical sites covered than traditional 2 day dry needling courses, you'll be able to treat patients immediately and with confidence the very next day after you've completed the course.

This educational programme will prepare health care practitioners to treat myofascial trigger points by dry needling. Participants will learn various dry needling techniques using solid filament needles. Please note that all techniques are purely dry needling techniques that are effective, evidence based treatments that have been researched and proven to help treat musculoskeletal dysfunction. 
This is a training programme with immediate clinical applicability upon completion.


This course is suited for qualified health care practitioners with a knowledge of anatomy and sports & recreational injuries. If you are unsure, please check with your insurer if dry needling is within your scope of practice.

PPT Dry Needling Graduates

Course is most suited to;

  • Doctors

  • Nurses

  • Physiotherapists

  • Physical Therapists

  • Osteopaths

  • Chiropractors

  • Sports Therapists

  • Manual Therapists

  • Massage therapists



Trigger point dry needling (TrP-DN) is an invasive procedure in which a solid filament needle is inserted into the skin and muscle. The use of soild filament needles or 'acupuncture needles' is the only similarity with acupuncture. Dry needling is western medicine. It is 100% evidence based from scientific research.

As the name implies, TrP-DN is directed at myofascial trigger points (MTrPs), which are defined as "hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band". It is estimated that MTrPs are the primary cause of pain in 30–85% of those with musculoskeletal disorders. TrP-DN is a treatment technique used by health care practitioners around the world. It has been recognised by prestigious organisations such as the Cochrane Collaboration and is recommended as an option for the treatment of persons with chronic low back pain, and general chronic pain. Several clinical outcome studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of trigger point dry needling.  

Day 1:

The Pelvis and Lumbar Spine

Day 1 begins with a short lecture on Dry Needling including current myofascial and trigger point concepts, physiology of muscles and pathophysiology of trigger points ,superficial and deep Dry Needling, referred pain, contraindications, the do’s and don’ts of Dry Needling, clean and safe needling techniques, needle types and needle choices. and how to set up your clinic work station for safe hygienic needling, 

Participants will begin their needling in the superficial buttock (glute max) and progress to the deep buttock (glute med, min and piriformis), the TFL and the lumbar spine (erector spinae, multifidus and quadratus lumborum).


Day 2:

The Thorax and Cervical Spine

Day 2 starts with a quick review of anything that students want to recap from day 1.  This helps you feel a bit more comfortable with needling and grows your confidence before we introduce you to the thorax and cervical spine. Surface anatomy and palpation skills are challenged here as you work the cervical spine, over the entire rib-cage and around the scapula. Knowledge of your surface and functional anatomy here is very important. This section of the course is also a great way to re-hone and develop those palpation skills and anatomy knowledge. 

We start with the traps and levator scapulae. We then progress to the rhomboids before moving on to the cervical spine muscles. Followed by the rotator cuff group and we finish off with the pecs and lats.

Day 3;

The Extremities

On day 3, you will be feeling much more confident with the needles. Like day 2 we will go step by step giving you the opportunity to practice your technique as much as possible and go back over anything you wish to practice again. We will cover the muscles of  the lower limb (quads, adductors, sartorius, hamstrings) and the lower leg (popliteus, gastrocs, soleus, peroneals, tib anterior) and the muscles of the upper limb (deltoid, biceps, triceps, brachialis, brachioradialis) and the forearm (supinator, pronator teres, common flexors and extensors) 

Participants will be able to apply all the techniques they have learnt on this course immediately in their own practices.


Richard McDonald is a physical therapist and runs two physical therapy clinics in Dublin. He is a certified Dry Needling Practitioner through the Institute of Dry Needling and is qualified in Dry Needling and Advanced Dry Needling techniques. He tutored on Club Physio dry needling courses in Ireland as well as his own courses from his clinics and in the UK. He also teaches a taping and strapping course from his clinics and in the UK.
Richard also holds a Masters degree in Sports Medicine, and has worked with various sports teams over the years including
Terenure College RFC 1st XV & school SCT, St. Mary's College RFC U-20's & senior 2nd XV , Ballyboden GAATempleogue Synge Street GAADIT GAA, and Kildare Senior Hurlers. He is Currently working with Terenure College RFC 1st XV looking after their senior squad that play in the All Ireland League in the top Division 1A. He also covers the GAA teams in DIT and Blackrock RFC women's 1st XV


Course will take place in Harbour Clinic. 28 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.


11th, 12th, & 13th Oct 2019.  Friday 1pm to 7pm, Saturday 9:00am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm Bookings can be made by emailing richard@pptclinic.com

Or by phone to 087 982-1052.

First come first serve, only 10 places available


SPECIAL OFFER OF €450 FOR  DRY NEEDLING COURSE on 11th, 12th & 13th Oct 2019. BOOK TODAY!

The cost of the Dry needling course is €500.00. All course fees are non refundable and must be paid before the commencement of the course.

  • All needles will be provided for use during the course.

  • You will be asked to bring along some other equipment to the course

  • An illustrated electronic course manual shall be provided

  • A signed certificate of attendance shall be awarded on completion of the course.

Places are limited in order for participants to get the maximum exposure to needling techniques.

Places will be guaranteed on a first come basis. 


'The dry needling course was brilliant and I would highly recommend completing the course with Richard if you’re considering dry needling. The 3 days were very enjoyable and Richard has vast knowledge and made learning the techniques easy and fun while keeping patient safety to the highest standards. I look forward to completing more courses in the future with Richard'

Leon Cassin

'This was the most enjoyable course I've completed to date. Richard was excellent, a fountain of anatomy knowledge who gave constant support and guidance throughout the course in a non pressurised environment. All material covered was evidence based so I would highly recommend. Thanks Richard'

Rachelle Power

'I attended the dry needling course with Richard and had a great time. Richard's knowledge of anatomy is second to none. Richard is very easy going which makes for a good relaxed atmosphere, this helps a great deal as the course is quite intense. I would highly recommend this course to anyone. I will most definitely be back to do another course with Richard in the future'

Killian O'Neill

 'I would highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to acquire the knowledge through hands-on intervention using Dry Needling to help facilitate pain relief.  Richard is an amazing calm highly educated teacher in this field.   His ability to demonstrate his skill and knowledge came across within his teaching and I felt very comfortable and capable of grasping the practical understanding attached to this amazing technique.  Over the 3 day period I administered TrP relief within our group to other class participants and could see visibly the remarkable myofascial pain relief  being achieved.  This is a highly valuable tool to have within your scope of practice.

Thank You Richard for being a great teacher and giving a great weekend course'

Geraldine Nicholson

 “The Dry Needling Level 1 course held by Richard is perfectly organised and presented, and the execution of his teaching is second to none. I would highly recommend this course over any other dry needling course, as the support both on and off the course was excellent, and the method of teaching made it so much easier to learn”

Andrew Boylan


Please note:

This Dry Needling course is for healthcare therapists / professionals (physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, podiatrists, soft tissue and manual therapists, doctors, nurses, medical specialists and acupuncturists) for whom dry needling is within their scope of practice and are legally permitted to needle in their registered country. No minimum dry needling or previous acupuncture experience required but presumed anatomy, advanced palpation skills and clinical expertise is expected due to the advanced nature and in depth structure of the course. Professional indemnity insurance as per your professional body is also a pre-requisite.
Sports / rehab / massage therapists can apply subject to scope of practice with your professional organisation, theoretical and practical experience and having professional indemnity insurance.
If you are not sure whether Dry Needling falls within your scope of practice, please ask your professional organisation and or insurer