The dry needling technique is fast becoming a tool for physiotherapists the world over to treat patients with muscle pain and it is coming to Uganda, thanks to Victoria University Kampala.
On 1st and 2nd of July 2017 at the University premises, interested medical doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, midwives and students will undertake a two day certificate course in dry needling, the first of its kind in Uganda.
Dr Krishna N. Sharma, the dean faculty of health science at Victoria University, says that the training will teach basic but important dry needling skills. 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. 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,” Dr Sharma explained.
According to Wikipedia, dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is the use of either solid filiform needles (also referred to as acupuncture needles) or hollow-core hypodermic needles for therapy of muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome.
Dr Sharma explains that when muscle fibres stop moving, they form a nod and start releasing painful chemicals. These chemicals will start causing pain, a condition now referred to as 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.
Training at Victoria University
Register for a Certificate in Dry Needling at Victoria University.
Training will take place on the 1st and 2nd of July 2017.
Venue: Hall 401 of Victoria University
Training Duration: 2 Days (8 Hours per day)
Victoria University FHS Students: FREE
Students from other Institutions: 250,000 UGX
Professionals: 300,000 UGX
International Participants: $200