Intramuscular Stimulation (Dry Needling)
What is IMS?
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) or Dry Needling is a total system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes (chronic pain conditions of the musculoskeletal system) (Gunn, 2013). This technique involves the use of acupuncture needles that penetrate the trigger points within the muscles without injecting any substance and facilitates their release. By releasing the tight bands/trigger points within the muscles IMS has been postulated to help:
- alleviate pain and tightness within the muscles themselves
- alleviate pain in the tendons and attachments to the bones (e.g. tendonitis) and increase range of motion of a joint
- relieve pressure on nerves, nerve roots and intervertebral discs (e.g. disc bulges) by lengthening shortened paraspinals muscles surrounding the spine
- delay the onset and progression of degenerative changes within a joint and the spine
IMS has been shown to be a very effective treatment approach for many conditions and has become widely used in Western Canada and starting to become more utilized in other parts of the country as well.
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