Posted on March 07, 2017

Rumailah Hospital’s Physiotherapy Department recently organized a ‘Dry Needling Workshop’ for clinical physiotherapists to master dry needling in add to existing manual physical therapy interventions for the treatment of myofascial pain.

The course was conducted by the South Africa-based company, Optimal Dry Needling Solutions (ODNS) Institute, the largest and most well established dry needling education group in the world. Around 31 HMC physiotherapists took part in the six-day course which featured topics at foundation and advanced levels about dry needling concepts. This was followed by an examination with ODNS certification which was accredited by the Health Professions Council - South Africa. Delegates completing the course were awarded with 42 continuing professional development credit points from the Qatar Council of Healthcare Practitioners. 

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“Dry needling is a technique that physical therapists use to treat myofascial pain which is a chronic pain disorder. The technique uses a dry needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points. With myofascial pain syndrome, pressure on sensitive points in the muscles (trigger points) causes pain in seemingly unrelated parts of the body. This is called referred pain. Myofascial pain syndrome typically occurs after a muscle has been contracted repetitively,” explained Dr Noora AlMudahka, Chief of Physiotherapy at Rumailah Hospital.

She said the concept of dry needling was popularized by Dr. Peter Baldry (the late British medical acupuncture expert) in the early 1980s as a safer approach to needling certain difficult muscles. Dry needling is a neurophysiological evidence-based treatment technique. “This course developed physiotherapists into skilled professionals in using dry needling to alleviate pain and improve clinical outcomes. The course provided an opportunity for qualified physiotherapists to be trained and licensed to use dry needling to assist in improving treatment effectiveness and patient satisfaction,” said Mr. Ayman Raafat, Supervisor of Male Outpatient Physiotherapy at Rumailah Hospital.

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He noted that the ODNS Institute presents courses internationally and supports ongoing research and evidence-based protocols. “The ODNS Institute regularly runs courses in Europe, Middle East and the United States. They are also an accredited by the South African Physiotherapy Association. We are proud to have worked with them to train our physiotherapists to become experts in dry needling,” Mr. Raafat added. Following the completion of the course, participants were able to isolate myofascial pain, its dysfunction and carry out treatment using dry needles.