What is Intramuscular Stimulation and how does it work?

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain of neuropathic origin. It is based on scientific neurophysiological principles. IMS involves the insertion of fine acupuncture type needles into the body where muscles have shortened or contracted. It is problems at these points that are often at the root of long term pain. While a muscle is tight and contracted it can't heal properly-with IMS you are stimulating a healing process and helping the muscles to relax.

IMS treatment is best suited to treat soft tissue pain that shows no obvious sign of ongoing tissue damage or inflammation, such as many forms of: neck/back pain, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder and fibromyalgia, amongst others. It is often effective when other forms of therapy have failed.

The treatment typically produces an achy and/or cramping sensation while the needle is in the muscle.  After a time ranging from seconds to a few minutes, the muscle typically relaxes and is usually accompanied by welcomed relief within 24-48 hours.

If you are interested and would like to learn more about IMS check out:, give us a call, or book an appointment with Chuck.

Frequency of treatments

Treatments are usually once a week, but can be spread out to two weeks, to allow time between treatments for the body to heal itself. The number of treatments you require will depend on several factors such as the duration and extent of your condition, how much scar tissue there is and how quickly your body can heal.

If you suffer from chronic pain and previous forms of treatment didn't seem to help, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) may be what you are looking for.

  • IMS treats the underlying neuropathic problem causing the pain

  • When previous therapies don’t last, IMS can help

  • No need for painkillers or anti-inflammatory medications

  • Helps to regain mobility without pain

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