Victoria University Medical Students Trained in Dry Needling Techniques

Students in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Victoria University Kampala have been equipped with basic skills in handling patients using Dry Needling approach.

The two-day work shop began on Saturday July 1, and was led by Dr. Chakshu Kathuria, a visiting physiotherapist from PhysioNeeds Academy, Delhi in India.

Students pursing diplomas, degrees and certificates in physiotherapy, nursing, midwifery, clinical medicine among other human science professions were the main attendees.

Dr. Krishna N. Sharma, the dean Faculty of Health Sciences at Victoria University told ChimpReports that project aims at providing medical students with skills to compete globally.

“We are training them to prepare them for international standards so as to compete globally. In Africa, the program is currently offered only in South Africa,” he says.

According to Sharma, the trainings that were provided for free to students, “when offered as a part of staff exchange and capacity building program, they usually cost Shs35m or more.”

Students during the workshop
Students during the workshop

Kathuria, who has been teaching physiotherapy for 7 years, praised students for their inquisitive minds during the seminar.

“It is good, students are interested in learning – they want different programs again and again, plus they are interested in creating awareness in community, which plays a great part.”


She also launched a book – “Comprehensive Dry Needling” – which will soon be in book stores in Uganda.

About Dry Needling

According to Kathuria, dry needling is a technique physical therapists use to treat myofascial pain. In other words, it is used in relieving pain, she adds.

Dr. Kathuria speaking to students during the workshop
Dr. Kathuria speaking to students during the workshop

She explains that a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, is inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points.

“A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body,” she says.

She also maintains that dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles, and supported by research.

Dry needling, she says, involves a thin filiform needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues.

“The needle allows a physical therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable.”

Dry needling also improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles.

This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation.

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