What is Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)?

By: Reza Ghannadan
Qubecore Physiotherapist

What is Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)?
IMS is a unique treatment for the relief of muscular pain that combines traditional acupuncture techniques with modern, scientific neurophysiological principles of western medicine. During IMS treatment, acupuncture needles are inserted into muscles to relieve painful conditions caused by nerve dysfunction. The location points for the needles are determined by detailed physical examination based on western anatomical knowledge. The result is an effective treatment for pain of neuropathic origin (pain caused by shortened muscles and irritated nerves).

What are the effects of IMS?
• Pain relief
• Increased mobility and range of motion
• Increased strength
• Promotion of tissue healing
• Increased blood flow
• Lengthening of muscles by releasing shortened muscles

What conditions are treated with IMS?
IMS can treat many conditions that are caused by nerve dysfunction and chronic muscle tightness when there is no acute injury or ongoing inflammation. These can include the following.
• Low back pain
• Neck pain
• Rotator cuff (shoulder) injuries
• Tennis elbow
• Golfer’s elbow
• Achilles tendinopathy
• Plantar fasciitis
• Hamstring injuries
• Repetitive strain injuries
• Whiplash
• Headaches

How many sessions are needed?
This depends on the nature of the injury, the length of time it has been going on for and other factors. It is best to speak with your therapist so he/she can do a full history and assessment to ensure whether or not it is the right treatment for you. People usually notice a difference after 2 sessions depending on the injury.

QubeCore Sports & Rehab offers IMS in North Vancouver for a wide range of injuries and conditions. To book your IMS session, please call the clinic or book online with our physiotherapists.

Clinic: 604.210.2274
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