What is IMS / Dry Needling?

IMS stands for Intramuscular Stimulation and is a total system for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain. As a dry needling technique, it may appear similar to acupuncture, but it involves a very different approach based on neurophysiology and anatomy. Since IMS relies heavily on a thorough physical examination of the patient, only doctors or physiotherapists with advanced orthopaedic training are allowed to be trained in the IMS technique.

Needling into a “healthy” muscle does not produce the same reaction as into a tightened or contracted muscle. The desired reaction is this healing action, which is actually a tiny wound in the muscle being created. This encourages blood and healing materials into that overly tight muscle. Penetration of a normal muscle is painless; however, a shortened, supersensitive muscle will ‘grasp’ the needle in what can be described as a cramping sensation.

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