Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a ‘dry needling’ technique that can be used to treat pain which is found to be of neuropathic origin (related to the nerves). It involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into shortened muscles in order to help loosen and relax them.
How can it help?
Muscle shortening can result from minor irritation of a nerve causing tender and painful bands (trigger points) in the involved muscle(s). This is a primary feature of “neuropathic pain.”
This situation can develop in myofascial pain syndromes, and is implicated in many presentations of soft tissue pain when there are no signs of injury/ongoing tissue damage or inflammation.
The goal of treatment is to release the shortened muscles, which in turn will reduce irritation of the nerve. Supersensitive areas can be desensitized and you will experience a decrease in your pain.
IMS, in effect, treats the underlying nerve issue that causes the pain.
Who can it benefit?
IMS can be used as a stand-alone treatment or as a part of a comprehensive multi-pronged approach. It can be used to address acute or chronic pain conditions.
Are you interested in IMS or unsure of how EQ Physio in Oakville can help?
Please email us at info@EQPhysio.com or call us at 905-599-MyPT (6478) for a free 10 minute consult!