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IMS Therapy

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) Therapy, also known as dry needling, is a specialized treatment method used to relieve chronic muscle pain and improve muscle function. Developed by Dr. Chan Gunn, a Canadian physician, IMS therapy targets myofascial trigger points in muscles, which are often the source of chronic pain and dysfunction.

Here’s more detailed information about IMS Therapy:

How IMS Therapy Works:

  • Fine Needle Insertion: During IMS therapy, fine, solid needles are inserted into specific muscle trigger points. These trigger points are taut bands of muscle fibers that may be causing pain, stiffness, and restricted mobility.

  • Neuromuscular Approach: IMS therapy is based on a neuromuscular approach to pain management. It targets both the muscle and its associated nerves. The needling stimulates these nerves, promoting muscle relaxation and relieving tension.

Key Features:

  • Customized Treatment: IMS therapy is highly individualized. The practitioner assesses the patient’s specific pain and muscle issues and tailors the treatment to address those problem areas effectively.

  • Comprehensive Approach: IMS therapy is often used in conjunction with other therapies such as physiotherapy, exercises, and lifestyle modifications. This comprehensive approach ensures a holistic solution for musculoskeletal pain.

Conditions Treated:

IMS therapy is employed to address various conditions, including:

  • Chronic back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle spasms

Benefits of IMS Therapy:

  • Pain Reduction: Patients commonly report a reduction in pain after IMS therapy, as the treatment releases muscle tension and relaxes trigger points.

  • Improved Muscle Function: By promoting muscle relaxation and improved blood flow, IMS therapy enhances muscle function and mobility.

  • Increased Range of Motion: Many patients experience improved range of motion in the treated areas, allowing for better flexibility and movement.

  • Minimally Invasive: IMS therapy is considered minimally invasive, with patients typically experiencing minimal discomfort during the procedure.

  • Safe and Effective: When administered by trained healthcare professionals, IMS therapy is generally safe, with a low risk of side effects.

It’s important to consult with a qualified healthcare provider or physiotherapist to determine whether IMS therapy is a suitable option for addressing your specific musculoskeletal pain and muscle issues. This therapy can be a valuable component of a comprehensive pain management plan for those dealing with chronic muscle discomfort.

Vaughan Woodbridge

Andrew Chan, R.H.N., DOMP, B.Sc., DO (Euro)

Ankit Patel, H.BscKin, MPT, MCPA

Seong Eun (Tina) Ra,
R. Ac

Daniel Galano,
MT

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