Intermuscular stimulation (IMS) or Dry needles

Intermuscular stimulation (IMS) or Dry needles

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is the treatment of chronic pain of neuropathic origin using an acupuncture needle to stimulate a muscle. Chronic pain of musculoskeletal origin is often the result of shortened muscle(s). These shortened muscles can result in pain locally in the involved muscle(s) and/or at the joint(s) that those muscles affect or move. IMS will “relax” the shortened muscle(s) by local needle stimulation as well as heal or normalize the nerve pathways. The goal is to release tight muscles which can press on and irritate nerves. This technique can be very effective in promoting long term relief in chronically tight and painful muscles. IMS relies heavily on a thorough physical examination of the patient by a specially trained and licenced practitioner.

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), commonly known as Trigger Point release, Dry Needling, eliminates the hyperirritable area in a muscle that cause acute and chronic pain in a variety of conditions including Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) and for post-surgical patients. During treatment, a thin-filament needle is inserted directly into the trigger point within the muscle. Once the needle penetrates the trigger point, it causes the muscle to twitch/spasm, breaking up the trigger point.

Dry Needling (IMS) helps to restore normal muscle length and function, while also reducing pain quickly and effectively.

Dry needling is not the same as acupuncture. Dry needling addresses the trigger points within the muscles, whereas acupuncture focuses more on energy flow, and the needle is not inserted into the muscle. The same type of needle is used for both treatments.

Appointments always available! To book an Intramuscular Stimulation appointment, please contact Ultimate Care Physiotherapy and Massage Clinic in Calgary.

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