Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) Or Trigger Point Dry Needling can activate the shortened muscle to relax, alleviating muscular tightness and spasms. To release a tight and contracted muscle, a thin needle is inserted into trigger points or ‘knots’ within a muscle. You are unlikely to feel the needle penetrate the skin. If the muscle is healthy and normal (not tightened or contracted), there will be no pain felt from the needle. However, if the muscle is super sensitive, shortened or dysfunctional, a peculiar sensation will be felt, much like a Charlie horse or a muscle cramp. This sensation is caused by the muscle twitching or grasping the needle. Once this minor discomfort disappears, it will be followed by a feeling of relief and comfort. The goal of IMS treatment is to release the shortened muscle and allow it to relax and return to its normal state, ultimately desensitising the nerve and alleviating the pain.
The chronic irritating pain you may be feeling may be caused by muscles shortening or contracting and pulling on tendons, causing strain as they move. When a muscle is tightened and contracted, pain is felt and your range of motion is restricted.
Get relief from that nagging pain and discomfort that just won’t go away. IMS Therapy combines thorough assessment with dry needling treatments, which has been shown to help chronic pain.
Remove that tense and tight feeling in your muscles that is pressing on your nerves and causing you pain. Dry needling provides a difference you can feel right away.
Ease your heightened nerve sensitivity and start moving normally again, without having to be on high alert. Dry needling lets you finally move on from that old or ongoing injury.
Live pain free from your aches and pains! IMS physiotherapy treatment is best suited to treat myofascial pain (chronic soft tissue pain that show no visible sign of ongoing tissue damage or inflammation) these can include:
By targeting the trigger points in the affected area, IMS therapy can:
IMS treatment has its roots in traditional Chinese acupuncture but uses current Western medicine’s understanding of the neurophysiology of pain to identify underlying nerve irritations to treat chronic pain issues. IMS therapy uses the same fine needles as acupuncture. However, IMS practitioners use their knowledge of anatomy to target specific needle points. The needle is inserted directly into the site of the affected area. In contrast, acupuncturists insert needles in pre-mapped out points in the body that relate to different parts of the organs and meridians in the body.
Registered physiotherapists administer our IMS/Dry Needling Therapy, so if you have extended health benefits that include physiotherapy, you may have a portion (or all) of your treatment covered.
When you are suffering from chronic pain, painkillers and other medications only mask the pain to your brain, but does not resolve the root of the problem. At Body Restoration we have certified Gunn IMS qualified physiotherapists that have undergone post-graduate studies in advanced IMS therapy. We collaborate between our physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists and apply IMS therapy as part of your treatment plan. Our team-based approach allows us to bring you the best care possible.
Body Restoration is a collaborative rehabilitation centre in Edmonton, Alberta, offering you high quality care for IMS therapy: full assessments, dry needling treatments, physiotherapy and more.
We are a collective of multiple specialties all under one roof, providing the care you need to make chronic pain a thing of the past.