Dry Needling Training

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)


 An in-depth course. which caters for complete beginners and those already experienced in medical acupuncture (dry needling)

19th – 21st May 2023

Professor Bob Gerwin and osteopath Simeon Niel-Asher are both world authorities in their own right on the topics of dry needling and trigger points.

This will be the second time they have been brought together in the UK to deliver this course – that means something fantastic is about to happen!

Early-Booking Discount Ends 1st May

The course fee includes training and materials, refreshments, and a restaurant lunch each day.

A £60 early-booking discount is applied automatically until 1st May 2023

Your Tutors

Bob Gerwin is Associate Professor of Neurology at the John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.  Although he has now retired from medical practice, he remains very active in teaching, writing and research.  As a doctor, his own area of expertise within neurology was myofascial pain, chronic pain and headache.

With over 50 years experience, there can be few people better qualified in trigger points, dry needling and myofascial pain.

Simeon Niel-Asher is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work on treating the frozen shoulder.  However, he too is deeply immersed in the role of trigger points and dry needling, and has cooperated with Bob Gerwin on many occasions in training courses across the globe.

As a very experienced osteopath, Simeon is perfectly placed to put this course into the context of manual therapy.

About the Course

Active trigger points play a huge role in myofascial pain.

Understanding how they work and how to treat them will have a quick and significant impact on your treatment outcomes.

IMS/Dry needling is a simple, practical tool that you can use every day.  It involves placing acupuncture needles into intramuscular taut bands/trigger points with the aim of stimulating a “twitch response”.

Treating this way is quick (mostly a few seconds) and provides immediate relief in the majority of cases, thus improving the patient’s experience.  Not only will your patients be delighted with the results, they will tell their friends all about it.

IMS is also uniquely efficient: it allows you to treat just as effectively in a shorter amount of time and is a perfect adjunct to your regular treatment protocols. 

This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about trigger point needling from Neurologist, Prof Bob Gerwin, MD, and Osteopath Simeon Niel-Asher.

In this mainly practical course you will be taught how to treat a variety of painful conditions using Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) – also known as dry needling/medical acupuncture.

The course is 75% practical, with close supervision by Prof Gerwin and Simeon.  For this reason, numbers are strictly limited.
You’ll cover 17 of the main muscular trigger points – the ones most pertinent for each body region:

    • Headache: Sternocleidomastoid, trapezius, splenius cervicis.
    • Shoulder pain: infraspinatus, latissimus dorsi, triceps, subscapularis
    • (Tennis) Elbow: extensor carpi radials longus and brevis
    • Low back pain: erector spinae (longissimus thoracis and iliocostalis, quadratus lumborum
    • Hip pain: gluteus medius, piriformis
    • Knee pain: Rectus femoris, vastus medialis
    • Heel pain: gastrocnemius and soleus

    Dates and Times

    The course takes place from Friday 19th until Sunday 21st May.

    We’ll start each day at 9:00am and finish at 5:00pm, with a couple of breaks for refreshments and an hour or so for lunch

    A very nice hot lunch is included in the course fee – nearer to the date we’ll ask for details of your allergies and preferences.


    The full cost of the course is £768.  However, there’s a £60 early booking discount available until 30th April.

    APM members also benefit from a £50 discount.

    To makes things easier for you, the cost can be spread over 4 equal, monthly instalments.  There is no additional charge, and the option to do this will appear on your booking form.


    Academy of Physical Medicine, Charles Parker Building (South Wing), Midland Road, Higham Ferrers, NN10 8DN. 

    Free parking is available in our own car park, along Midland Road and in a few other places which we’ll make known to you nearer the day.

    We can also provide you with details of local accommodation, should you need it.

    The What3Words address of our entrance: flop.stacks.then

    Places to Stay

    Nearest Train Stations


    Safety will be a very important aspect of the training, therefore all students must have a good understanding of anatomy, as well as the clinical reasoning skills to put the training into practice appropriately. A list of those who are automatically eligible to attend is shown on the right.

    Other therapists, including students of osteopathy or chiropractic, might also be eligible – please let us know if you would like to attend, and we will confirm with the tutors.


    The course is ideal for:


    Before attending, you should check with your insurance provider that they will extend your cover to include dry needling.  This is not normally a problem, but insurance is clearly essential given the invasive nature of the technique.