June 2nd-4th: Trigger Points, Fascia, and Dry Needling of the Low Back, Hips, & Legs



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Trigger points, Fascia, and Dry Needling of the Low Back, Hips, & Legs

Dates: June 2nd-4th, 2023

Times: Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-4pm

Venue: Hampton Inn & Suites, Avion Park Tampa FL

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Pending 20 NCCAOM PDAs

Pending 20 California CEUs, Category 1, CEP#1721

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Prerequisite: Watch the Pre-requisite video (added to your account upon purchase)

*Note: Those who took the Dry Needling seminar in November 2022 will have already watched this video.

Seminar cancellation policy:

  • For cancellations 14 days or more before the seminar, a credit will be issued. Credit must be used within 12 months from date of seminar.
  • Cancellations less than 14 days of the seminar: No refunds or credits
  • Cancellation due to COVID: This would occur only if local or State government prevented the event from taking place, for example, a shut down or preventing travel. In these cases, refunds will be issued

Course description:

Description: This 3-day seminar will teach the practitioner the skills they need to understand and implement trigger point acupuncture, also known as dry needling including understanding causes of pain, causes of trigger point formation, the role of fascia, and locating and needling trigger points. To gain solid ability in using dry needling and treating trigger points, the practitioner must have the ability to palpate, locate trigger points, and needle properly and safely. This seminar will cover all of the above along with soft tissue techniques for treating pain.


  • Understand neuroinflammation in acupuncture points and trigger points
  • Learn about fascia and the role of fascia in myofascial pain and trigger points
  • Practice fast and simple soft tissue techniques to treat the fascia and trigger points
  • Review the anatomy of taut bands and trigger points
  • Be able to palpate and locate taut bands and trigger points
  • Understand needling principles: Using correct needle size, depths, types and purpose of stimulation, and safety
  • Understand needle technique: depth, manipulation, needling safely
  • Review pain referral patterns of all areas of the body and trigger points covered in the seminar
  • Review treatment approaches



9:00-9:15: Introduction

9:15-10:45: The fascial system: What it is, intro to fascial planes, the role of fascia in myofascial pain and trigger points; necessity of treating/why we need to address the fascia

10:45-11:00am: Break

11:00am-11:15am: Palpation of fascia, demo

11:15-12:15: Palpation of fascia hands on practice

12:15-1:15pm: Lunch

1:15-2:30: Important treatment considerations, inflammation of trigger pts, central sensitization, txt aspects/dose of treatment

2:30-3:00: Demos – Techniques to treat the fascia

-Assessing the fascia; skin rolling

-Superficial needling

-Soft tissue techniques

3:00-4:00 Hands-on practice of above

4:00pm-5:00pm: Clinical pearls, treatment planning, summary of the day, bringing it all together


9:00-9:30: Trigger points/Dry needling: Review of important concepts and definitions; role of peripheral and central sensitization

9:30-10:00: Importance of palpation, location, and understanding of trigger points in tissue; new “locations”; locating and treating trigger points based solely on palpation; fascial considerations

10:00-10:30: QL location, functions, pain referral patterns, Palpation and needling

10:30-10:45: Demo of QL needling

10:45-11:15: Hands-on practice, locating and needling the QL

11:15-11:30am: Break

11:30am-1200pm: Multifidi location, actions, pain referral patterns; conditions it is commonly involved in

12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch

1:00-1:15: Multifidi demo

1:15-1:45: Multifidi hands-on practice

1:45-2:15: Gluteus trigger points (maximus, medius, minimus) lecture; actions, locations, referral patterns, common conditions that cause trigger points; functional effects of trps

2:15-2:45pm: Demos of needling the glutes

2:45-3:15: Hands-on practice of needling glute trigger points

3:15-3:30: Break

3:30-4:00: Trigger points of the TFL/IT band lecture

4:00-4:15: Demo of needling the TFL/IT band

4:15-5:00: Hands-on practice of needling the TFL/IT band



9:00-9:30: Lecture – trigger points of the adductors; actions, functions, causes of, pain referral patterns; differential diagnoses

9:30-9:45am: Demos – needling the adductors

9:45-10:15am Hands-on practice, locating and needling the adductors

10:15-10:30: Break

10:30-11:00am: Lecture: Actions rec fem, vastus lateralis, VMO; common injuries and causes of trigger points; functional deficits caused by trigger pts; pain referral patterns

11:00-11:15: Demo of needling the trigger points of the upper leg

11:15-11:45: Hands-on practice of locating and needling trigger points upper leg

11:45-12:15 Trigger points of the lower leg: Gastroc and Soleus lecture

12:15-1:30: Lunch (45 minutes)

1:30-1:45: Demo of trps of lower leg

1:45-2:15: Hands-on practice, locating and needling trigger points of lower leg

2:15-2:45: Trigger points for ankle injuries (inversion and eversion muscles, peroneal and tibialis posterior)

2:45-3:00: Needling demos of inversion/eversion muscles of lower leg

3:00-3:30: Hands-on practice

3:30-4:00: Research in trigger points; Trps as an evidence-based treatment


About the instructor and assistant:

Dr. Jamie Hampton, DAOM

Dr. Hampton is a doctoral graduate of The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the oldest TCM school in the US. She has worked in leading San Francisco Bay Area hospitals for the last 18 years with an emphasis on true integration and collaboration within fast paced clinical settings including the ICU. While she was an adjunct professor through University of California, San Francisco she also had the privilege of teaching grand rounds to medical students. This experience blossomed into a faculty position at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medical College in Berkeley, CA where she taught advanced needling technique, gynecology and advanced formula writing through 2018. This solidified her love of teaching and connecting with her students, conveying the power of TCM and all its abilities. Dr. Hampton was also co-founder of Golden Leaf Acupuncture in Berkeley, CA which was University California Berkeley’s leading provider for students as well as faculty and staff. Currently Dr. Hampton is in private practice, specializing in orthopedics and pelvic floor Acupuncture. She has been practicing trigger point dry needling since 2006.

Dr. Hampton teaches Pelvic Floor Acupuncture and Trigger Point Dry Needling through ASE Seminars LLC.

Assistant Instructor: Darren O’Rourke, L.Ac. 

Darren O Rourke, L.Ac, NMPT, R.Herb, has been a licensed acupuncturist in Dublin, Ireland since 2013 and a Neuromuscular Physical Therapist since 2015. He graduated from the Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland and participated in an internship in the Neurological department of the 2nd Provincial Hospital of Nanjing, China. Darren specializes in the treatment of the Musculoskeletal system. He runs his own private practice and works with professional athletes including individual fighters and football teams. Darren is passionate about the integration of dry needling and manual therapeutic techniques becoming more established into the field of acupuncture and feels it will place Acupuncturists as the go-to therapists for MSK conditions. Darren is a teaching assistant for seminars with Dr. Jamie Hampton and Dr. Anthony Lombardi. He also teaches in Europe, and was a speaker at the 2023 Orthopedic Acupuncture Symposium.