What is IMS – Intramuscular Stimulation?
IMS or “dry needling” is not the typical Chinese acupuncture you have heard about, or perhaps even tried. IMS is a Western-based type of treatment developed by local Doctor, Chan Gunn. Needles, of varying lengths, are inserted into muscles that have shortened or contracted due to injury which causes the muscle to contract or “twitch”. The needle creates a small “wound” that encourages blood flow throughout the muscle and allows your body to heal itself naturally. This treatment allows access to deep muscle layers to reduce pain and provide immediate muscle release
What to Expect during your IMS Treatment?
Your Legend Physiotherapist will assess the injured area to determine a treatment plan then will place tiny monofilament needles into the injured area until the muscle is released. Needles are left in for a time determined by your Therapist and based on your specific injury. Removal is painless and you are left with a feeling of what is described as “relief” of tension in the affected area. And you don’t even need a band-aid! As your muscles adjust to IMS treatments, you may experience some localized soreness for up to a 24 hour period.
What Injuries Can be Treated with IMS?
IMS provides relief of:
- Low back pain
- Chronic tendonitis or bursitis
- Arthritic conditions
- Plantar fasciitis
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Joint pain
Restricted range of motion
Cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis
Call the Legend Physiotherapy Team today to see if IMS is right for you. IMS treatment is covered by most Extended Health Plans under Physiotherapy benefits.