Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

IMS has been proven to be effective in the treatment of acute and chronic injuries as well as injuries that have not responded to conventional physiotherapy treatment.

IMS involves an assessment of the injured area and determination of whether the pain has a neurologic source. The technique involves the insertion of a fine, flexible acupuncture needle into muscles that have become shortened due to abnormal stimulation from the nervous system. The needle causes the muscle to contract, which leads to a reciprocal relaxation and lengthening of the muscle. Nothing is injected into the tissues. Many clients find they are sore for about 24 hours following the treatment, and then report a decrease, or in some cases, complete resolution of their pain symptoms.

In conjunction with other treatment methods IMS can help with:

  • Relief of muscle, joint, and/or nerve pain
  • Treat and Reduce chronic pain
  • Decrease neuropathic pain
  • Fibromyalgia

IMS is effective and has few side-effects; the technique is also unequaled for finding and diagnosing muscle shortening in deep muscles. The effects of IMS are cumulative: needling stimulates a certain amount of healing, and nerve change until eventually, the condition is lessened or relieved.

Our Physios are trained with the GUNN method developed by Dr. Chan Gunn.

The number of needles and insertion points used in each IMS session depends on your needs and tolerance. Contact us and we will do an assessment to determine if this is the correct plan for you.

Deb MacLeod


Colette Stark