Victoria University in Kampala is calling on medical doctors, physiotherapists, nurses and midwives to register and undertake a two day course in dry needling, the first of its kind in Uganda. The certificate training will take place on 1st and 2nd of July 2017 at the University premises. Dry needling is not a common health practice especially in Uganda but it exists elsewhere in Africa, specifically South Africa.
Victoria University students under the faculty of health science will not pay for the training but students from other universities will pay Shs250, 000 while practicing health professionals will pay 300, 000. Foreigners will pay $200. Professionals and foreigners will have their academic documents verified to affirm that they are professional health practitioners.
Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points. The human body is a complex setup which needs a deep understanding of its component to be able to address some of the issues that might arise as we go about our daily routines.
One of the mythical component of the human body are the muscles. Muscles complement the bones in holding the body structure together therefore any slight malfunction causes pain and often times general body breakdown. The dean faculty of health science at Victoria University, Dr Krishna N. Sharma explains that when a muscle fibres stop moving, they form a nod and start releasing painful chemicals.
“These chemicals will start causing pain. We call it spasm. Medicine doesn’t work much. Medicine will relax muscles but will not target the main point. The medicine doesn’t target the nod. When you penetrate a dry needle in the muscle, due to reflex, it releases the nod,” Dr. Sharma stated.
Dr. Sharma explains that the leading benefit of dry needling is that it provides the patient and health service provider a better healthcare system. “While all medicines have side effects, dry needling doesn’t have any side effects,”
“In the workshop, we are going to teach basic skills. Very few but very important skills. For example, if you know that the condition is something that can be treated with one or two sessions of dry needling and without side effects, there is no reason to offer medicine. Dry needling will improve healthcare system.”
While dry needling must be recommended by a medical doctor, it is part of the modern integrated medical treatment. The person applying must be knowledgeable about anatomy of the body.