What is Intramuscular Stimulation?

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.

Benefits of Intramuscular Stimulation

IMS treatment is great for any condition in which chronic muscle shortening or tightness occurs.

Dry needling promotes blood flow by deactivating trigger points in the muscle that restrict blood and oxygen delivery.

It also promotes healing by creating tiny (and safe) injuries in the dysfunctional muscle. The body then responds to these injuries by producing more collagen and protein that can help restore a muscle’s normal function.

IMS treatment can also reduce pain by improving muscle extensibility and contractibility, which can relieve pressure from joints and nerves and also release tight muscles and decrease muscle spasms.

Overall, dry needling is a great way to reset your muscles and nervous system, allowing you to focus on establishing more appropriate movements when it comes to both exercising and your day-to-day life.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often can I receive IMS treatment?

IMS treatments are usually done once per week but can also be done every two weeks, depending on your condition and situation. The frequency depends on the severity of your pain and how long you have been experiencing it. However, it is not recommended that you receive dry needling treatment more than once per week.

How long does it take for IMS treatment to work?

IMS treatment can help you find relief from pain as soon as the first treatment! However, you should expect three to four sessions to see results and about eight to ten sessions before your injury begins to settle.

Does dry needling hurt?

There is minimal pain involved with dry needling. Most patients can feel a dull ache and a slight pinch from the treatment. You can expect some aching and cramping, but this sensation lets your therapist know that they have hit a trigger point that is causing movement issues and pain.

After the session, you may feel sore for a day or two, but the achiness should quickly subside. Overall, the bit of pain you experience during dry needling is certainly worth the relief you will feel from this treatment.

Intramuscular Stimulation at River Stone

Our team at River Stone Wellness is patient-focused and dedicated to providing you with the best physical care for your unique needs.

We design and implement comprehensive and effective treatments to beat pain, stress, and injury.

Intramuscular Stimulation is one of the many wonderful physiotherapy treatments we offer at our South Edmonton clinic.

If you’re ready to live a relaxed and healthy life, we’re ready to get started!

To book your appointment or learn more about IMS treatment, don’t hesitate to get in touch.