Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)




Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a total system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes (chronic pain conditions that occur in the musculoskeletal system when there is no obvious sign of injury or inflammation) developed by Dr. Gunn and has a solid foundation in its radiculopathic model of pain, which is now supported by many experts in the field.

A thorough evaluation will be performed to determine the appropriateness to utilize IMS technique as a part of the client’s rehabilitation process. This evaluation is conducted by our competent certified physiotherapist trained to recognize the physical signs of neuropathic pain. IMS relies heavily on the physical examination which is indispensable since chronic pain is often neurological as opposed to structural, and therefore, invisible to expensive X-rays, MRI tests, Bone and CT Scans. Failure to recognize these signs will result in an inaccurate diagnosis, and thus, a poor starting point for physical therapy.

IMS is a dry needling technique, aimed at releasing muscle shortening that may cause pain or dysfunction in an affected area. It assists with desensitizing of supersensitive areas and treats the underlying neurologic condition that causes the pain. The therapist inserts an acupuncture needle into a tight band of muscle or irritated nerve root near the spine evoking a threefold reaction. First, it evokes a reflex relaxation (lengthening) response in the shortened muscles. Second, the needle causes a small injury that draws blood to that area thereby initiating the natural healing process. Last but not the least, it creates an electrical potential in the muscle normalizing the nerve functions in the affected area. When the muscle relaxes it reduces the pressure on the tendons and joints subsequently reducing pain and inflammation in the affected area. Nerve root impingements are resolved by reducing the muscle spasms in the surrounding muscles.