In the last blog we discussed some of the different aspects of physiotherapy and one of the techniques that some physiotherapists can use is intramuscular stimulation. Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is a needling technique developed by Dr. Chan Gunn.  It is based on principles of western medicine and uses thin acupuncture needles to stimulate shortened muscles.  Over time these dysfunctional muscles can cause the nerves to become super sensitive leading to neuropathic pain, loss of joint range of motion, and altered sensations.

IMS is very effective for treating a wide range of musculoskeletal problems.  It is used for treating neuropathic pain and it can also relax the shortened muscles making them more flexible and giving you more range of motion.

To determine if IMS is required, a qualified IMS practitioner will perform a detailed assessment.  Once a diagnosis is determined, needles are inserted into the center of a shortened muscle or near the irritated nerve roots.  This can cause the muscle to relax and alleviate some of the pressure on the nerve or joint.  When the needle is inserted into the dysfunctional muscle there is usually a deep, achy pain, which quickly subsides. 

IMS can be a very effective treatment for the right conditions.  It’s important to talk to your physiotherapist to see if this is the right treatment for you.