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IMS/Dry Needling

Physiotherapy IMS Dry Needling in London Ontario

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) or Dry Needling is a total system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes. As part of Skye Physiotherapy’s treatment options in London, Ontario, we employ IMS. The treatment uses acupuncture needles and penetrates injured muscle tissue that has become contracted and shortened from distress.

IMS is grounded in western medical science and has a solid foundation in its Radiculopathic Model of Pain, which is supported by many clinical experts including sports medicine doctors and orthopedic specialists. Radiculopathic Pain or Neuropathy is ongoing pain (without ongoing injury) caused by a malfunction in the pain sensory system. Simply put, when a nerve link to a part of the body fails, that part becomes highly irritable and extremely excitable. The most common cause of neuropathy is every day wear and tear or overuse

IMS treatment uses acupuncture needles and penetrates injured muscle tissue that has become contracted and shortened from distress.

If you would like to read more about Dry Needling and  GUNN IMS, please refer to the University of British Columbia website http://ubcgunnims.com.

 

IMS at Skye Physiotherapy in London Ontario

 

IMS relies heavily on a thorough physical examination of the patient by a competent practitioner, which is trained to recognize the physical signs of neuropathic pain. Examination, diagnosis, rationale for selection of points for treatments, as well as progress of therapy are all determined according to physical signs of radiculopathy.

 To schedule an appointment for IMS with Stjepan please call the clinic at (519)-963-1875.

How Does it Work?

 

The treatment involves dry needling of affected areas of the body without injecting any substance (Botox, pain killer, corticosteroid). The needle sites can be at the epicenter of taut, tender muscle bands, or they can be near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated and supersensitive. Penetration of a normal muscle is painless; however, a shortened, supersensitive muscle will ‘grasp’ the needle in what can be described as a cramping sensation.

 

What are the Benefits?

 

1)    A stretch receptor in the muscle is stimulated, producing a reflex relaxation (lengthening).

2)    The needle also causes a small injury that draws blood to the area, stimulating the natural healing process.

3)    The treatment creates an electrical potential in the muscle to make the nerve function normally again.

 

The goal of treatment is to release muscle shortening, which presses on and irritates the nerve. Supersensitive areas can be desensitized, and IMS is very effective for releasing shortened muscles under contracture, thereby decreasing mechanical pain from muscle pull. It effectively treats the underlying neuropathic condition that causes the ongoing pain.

 

IMS assessments are 1 hour in duration and treatments thereafter are 45 minutes in length.  Female and male patients should wear shorts, and women should wear a tank-top or sports bra to the assessment.  IMS initial paperwork and consent requires 10 minutes of time to complete prior to your assessment.  As there is a goal if introducing inflammation to the neuropathic tissue, IMS patients should consult with their family doctor regarding a reduction of or cessation of their anti-inflammatory medication during treatment. 

Who Should Not Be Treated with IMS?

Although IMS is an excellent treatment for neuropathic conditions, patients who are pregnant, take blood thinners, have symptoms of a systemic infection, or are receiving spinal manipulation to the neck should contact our office before booking an assessment.

 

 

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a total system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes. As part of Skye Physiotherapy’s treatment options in London, Ontario, we employ IMS. The treatment uses acupuncture needles and penetrates injured muscle tissue that has become contracted and shortened from distress.
IMS is grounded in western medical science and has a solid foundation in its Radiculopathic Model of Pain, which is supported by many clinical experts including sports medicine doctors and orthopedic specialists. Radiculopathic Pain or Neuropathy is ongoing pain (without ongoing injury) caused by a malfunction in the pain sensory system. Simply put, when a nerve link to a part of the body fails, that part becomes highly irritable and extremely excitable. The most common cause of neuropathy is every day wear and tear or overuse