Dry needling, a technique physical therapists use to treat muscle pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome, using acupuncture needles, is making its way into Uganda, thanks to Victoria University in Kampala.
Victoria University will on 1st and 2nd of July, 2017 conduct a two day certificate course in dry needling at the University premises. The short course is targeting medical doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, midwives and students.
The dean faculty of health science at Victoria University, Dr Krishna N. Sharma, in an interview, said the training will teach basic dry needling skills. Dr. Sharma expounded 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.
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.
To attend the training, participants will have to pay however the training is free for Victoria University Students from faculty of health science. Students from other Institutions will pay Shs250, 000 while professionals and International Participants will pay Shs300, 000 and $200 respectively.