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Also known as “Dry Needling”, IMS is a modern technique for relieving chronic muscular tension through the use of acupuncture needles.
IMS is particularly well-suited to any condition where chronic muscle shortening or tightness is implicated
During your initial appointment, your physiotherapist will perform a detailed history and examination to determine if IMS is an appropriate treatment for your condition.
IMS needling does not involve the injection of any substance into the tissue. Instead, well-placed needles induce a reflex response that causes a shortened muscle to relax and lengthen. These changes to long-standing muscle tension can be quite profound and often benefit both the local musculature as well as the painful joints affected by these muscles. Click here to learn more.
Uses of IMS include treating:
IMS can be extremely effective on:
IMS involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into muscular tissue, targeting shortened muscles and their dysfunction in the nervous system. When an unhealthy muscle is needled, it produces a cramping or aching sensation – the needle is then kept in place until this sensation dissipates before being removed.
IMS needling produces the following effects:
To learn more about Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), including background information, techniques, effects, and the differences between IMS and acupuncture, download the articles below.
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