Edmonton | Physiotherapy | Massage Therapy | Acupuncture
What is IMS?
IMS or Intramuscular Stimulation is a therapeutic treatment used for chronic pain in the body. It’s an evaluation of chronic pain invented by Dr. Chann Gunn during the 1970s. Chronic pain is way more complex and persistent than acute pain. It lasts longer than three months.
IMS is used to conduct a detailed and thorough evaluation of a patient’s chronic pain. During this evaluation, patients are asked to describe their chronic pain history, where it occurs, its origins and patterns, and how it feels. Generally, the pain occurs in more than one area. It feels like an aching or burning sensation.
Our practitioners at our Edmonton clinic look at the range of motion of the affected areas and the balance in nearby areas like the shoulders or neck. The patient’s nails and skin are also carefully examined to check the skin’s reaction to any touch or pressure applied.
The assessment segment of the IMS treatment is very thorough, detailed, and important. After this, the treatment part comes where needles are inserted into key muscular trigger points. They are also inserted in corresponding muscles along with the affected muscle/s.
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a modern therapeutic treatment procedure used for treating muscular pain. It’s also known as trigger point dry needling (TPDN). These trigger points are in muscles where the pain origins, and this pain is known as “myofascial pain”.
During dry needling, filiform needles are inserted into the skin. These needles are short, fine, and made out of stainless steel. Because these needles aren’t injecting any fluid into your body, this procedure is known as “dry” needling.
Dry needles are placed at the “trigger points” in your tissues or muscles. These points can be hard muscles or knotted areas. It helps release those knots to relieve the muscle’s spasms or pain. Physical therapists or practitioners at our Edmonton clinic choose the time duration for needle insertion.
Are IMS/Dry Needling Safe Treatments?
Both Dry Needling and Intramuscular Stimulation are safe for those experiencing chronic pain in their body or muscles. Our clients can ask our practitioners at our Edmonton clinic, who are qualified and highly skilled and have a vast knowledge about our physiotherapy treatments.
If you’re interested in either of these techniques, you can ask our practitioners by calling us at 587-635-5555 to book an appointment at our Edmonton clinic.