Many people confuse IMS or dry needling with acupuncture, but these are two very different treatments. As a leading provider of physiotherapy treatments in Edmonton, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about this pain relief procedure.
What is IMS/Dry Needling?
Dry needling is known by several names, including intramuscular manual stimulation (hence, IMS), intramuscular needling, TDN, DN, and trigger point dry needling. It is a relatively new procedure having been practiced in Canada, Chile, Ireland, Spain, South Africa and the United Kingdom since the 80s, and arriving in the United States in 1984.
involves putting an acupuncture needle through the skin and muscle at the site
of the patient’s pain. This activates the muscle to twitch and release, easing
the pain of common aliments like low back pain, sciatica, chronic muscle pain,
contracted or overly tight muscles, etc.
So…it’s acupuncture, right?
No! While IMS in Edmonton treatments use acupuncture
needles, it is not the same treatment. Acupuncture is a very ancient procedure
from the east that uses needles to direct and release the flow of energy in the
body. IMS is a western-born technique used to combat pain due to abnormally
Does IMS hurt?
Since the needles used are the same as the very thin
ones used for acupuncture, few patients feel the needle’s insertion. However,
most feel the strange sensation of the twitch response that IMS gives. This
twitch is a signal that the treatment is working, and it is felt as the muscles
react to the stimuli. While it can feel odd and a bit disconcerting, it is not
necessarily painful. As you get your dry
needling treatment in Edmonton, just remember to relax and breathe. The twitch
response is far less uncomfortable than the pain you are having treated.
Why get dry needling in Edmonton? Why not just
take muscle relaxants?
Dry needling is a proven treatment that does not rely
on pharmaceutics. It can give you permanent or long-lasting relief from chronic
pain without the side effects of medicinal relaxants. Some of the side effects
of relaxants include drowsiness (not good for working or driving), weakness,
dizzy spells, depression, and/or a drop in blood pressure.
Wouldn’t you prefer a long-lasting treatment without
being worried about driving or your medication interacting with other pills you
may be taking? With IMS’ proven ability as a powerful drug-free treatment, it’s
no wonder why this procedure is rapidly growing in popularity.
How to get IMS in Edmonton
Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic is pleased to provide IMS in Edmonton in
our advanced and leading south-side facility.
After consulting with you, we may recommend dry
needling on its own or as part of a set of treatments that includes some of our
other offering such as massage, exercise therapy, custom orthotics, etc. We
welcome you whether or not you have a referral, if you have been in a recent
accident and need pain relief, if you are unsure of why you are experiencing
pain – whatever your reasons for visiting us, we are happy to see you. There is
plenty of free parking outside and we direct bill where applicable, making
visits to us as convenient as they are helpful.
Contact us today to learn more about IMS in
Edmonton, or any of the many other services we offer.