Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), or dry needling, is a treatment used in physiotherapy to target muscles and fascia in a specific area in order to reduce pain and regain proper functioning of muscles and tissues.
IMS treatment uses acupuncture needles. This technique is referred to as “dry” needling because no liquid can pass through the needle because they are not hollow.
Unlike acupuncture, Intramuscular Stimulation targets specific areas of muscle and fascia as opposed to meridian points throughout the body.
Well-placed IMS needles induce a reflex response in the muscle that causes it to relax and lengthen.
IMS treatment can be used to treat a number of conditions that cause pain, such as headaches, back pain, whiplash, tennis elbow, and frozen shoulder.
It is also used to address chronic aches or pains, limited range of motion, and stiffness in the muscles and joints.