Specialized In Dry Needling / IMS Therapy

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a specialized form of treatment using very thin acupuncture needles to treat myofascial pain syndromes. These chronic pain conditions occur in the musculoskeletal system, even without an obvious sign of injury or inflammation. IMS uses very thin needles to ‘dry needle’ affected areas, similar to acupuncture, but with a difference in the application. Needle insertion is guided by physical signs, not the predetermined meridians of acupuncture. IMS is based on known scientific and neurophysiological principles and focuses on assessing and treating the dysfunction of the nerve roots as they exit the spine. This is consistent with the current understanding of persistent pain, where pain conditions are caused by altered function and hypersensitivity of nerves in the peripheral nervous system. IMS aims to release muscle shortening, which further presses on and irritates the nerves. With IMS, supersensitive areas can be desensitized, and the persistent pull of shortened muscles is reduced. IMS effects are cumulative. Each needling session stimulates a certain amount of healing until the condition can recover more fully. Pain dissipates as muscles loosen.
Many individuals will find relief with IMS, especially those who have difficult, treatment-resistant chronic pain conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, “pinched nerves,” and tendonitis.

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) Can Effectively Help With: 

Get to Know Our IMS/Dry Needling Service

Effective treatment always starts with a comprehensive assessment. The therapist identifies the specific tissues that need to be targeted with the dry needling technique. Treatment is tailored to each patient’s sensitivity and tolerance, so everyone’s experience may differ.

Insertion of the needles may produce various sensations, including a “cramping” feeling as the sensitized muscles react to the needle. The number of treatments needed varies depending on factors such as the duration and severity of the condition. If you have recently experienced pain, one or two treatments may be sufficient. However, more chronic problems typically require more treatments.

Understanding Trigger Points and the Role of Dry Needling/IMS

A trigger point is a sore and painful muscle knot that can cause discomfort in other body areas. According to a pain science article, trigger points can constantly stimulate pain signals, making the body more sensitive to pain.

Dry needling is a technique our physiotherapists use to help alleviate pain, improve range of motion and muscle activation, and alter the chemical environment of trigger points. This intervention is just one of the options available as part of your treatment plan to reduce pain and help you get back on your feet.

Important Information Regarding IMS/Dry Needling Therapy

What We Offer in Our IMS/ Dry Needling Therapy Sessions

Our Dry Needling Therapy specializes in providing effective pain relief and improving muscle function. Our licensed therapists use dry needling, which involves inserting thin needles into trigger points or tight muscle bands to speed up healing.

Here is a list of services we offer:

FAQs For Dry Needling / IMS Therapy

Yes, Both IMS and dry needling are interchangeable terms used for a treatment technique that involves using an acupuncture needle to generate a localized twitch response in an overactive muscle to treat pain of a neuropathic origin.
All our dry needling therapists are physiotherapists who specialize in dry needling therapy. Dry needling is a method these therapists have been trained to use to target trigger points, muscle knots, and areas of tension in muscles and soft tissues. This method involves inserting fine, sterile needles precisely into these areas. Dry needling therapists possess extensive knowledge about the musculoskeletal structure and how to use dry needling to help their clients feel less pain, improve muscle function, and accelerate their bodies’ natural healing processes.
While dry needling is generally safe, there are some cases where it may not be recommended. People with certain medical conditions, such as bleeding disorders or infections, or those taking heavy dose of blood-thinning medications may need to avoid dry needling.
The effectiveness of dry needling can vary depending on the individual’s condition and response to treatment. Dry needling can relieve many people’s chronic pain, muscle tension, and movement restrictions. However, consulting with a qualified healthcare professional is essential to determine if dry needling is a suitable and worthwhile for your specific needs.
The frequency of dry needling sessions can vary depending on the severity of the condition being treated and individual response to treatment. Initially, sessions may be scheduled once or twice weekly, with adjustments made based on progress and symptoms. It’s crucial to follow the guidance of your healthcare provider or physical therapist regarding the optimal frequency of dry needling sessions for your situation.

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