Dry Needling (IMS)

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) or Dry Needling of muscle trigger points is a very effective technique for the treatment of chronic pain and muscle tightness. It utilizes acupuncture needles carefully inserted into shortened muscles to stimulate the relaxation and lengthening of the muscle.

This technique can eliminate chronic pain and muscle tightness. Nerves and muscles work together to help your body move normally. This condition is known as neuropathic pain. The IMS technique involves inserting tiny needles into the area of the muscle most affected by the nerve problem. While the procedure uses the same needles as traditional Chinese acupuncture, the technique is very different.

Traditional medical practice is successful treating pain caused by an acute injury (fracture, sprain, strain) or inflammation (such as Rheumatoid Arthritis). There is more difficulty treating pain when there are minimal signs of tissue damage or inflammation such as with headaches, back pain, “whiplash”, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder or other chronic pain problems. IMS can be effective at reducing chronic pain and muscle dysfunction.  It has few side effects and excels at finding shortening and pain in the deepest of muscles.

Difference between acupuncture and IMS ?

IMS uses needling technique as does acupuncture’ but they have different origins. Acupuncture is based on Chinese medicine, where needles are inserted into acupuncture points along body system meridians to treat a variety of conditions. IMS is based on Western Medicine and treats at the source of the pain, that being into the muscle belly of the shortened muscle, and its corresponding spinal segment.

Who can get benifit from IMS?

  • Patients with neuropathic pain
  • Women who are not pregnant
  • Patients with no infection in the area
  • Those who have not found pain relief with other physiotherapy treatments