DRY NEEDLING / INTRAMUSCULAR STIMULATION (IMS)

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The Dry Needling/IMS Process

Trigger point dry needling, also referred to as intramuscular stimulation (IMS) and/or intramuscular therapy (IMT) is a procedure in which acupuncture needles are inserted into the skin and muscle.  It is a physical therapy modality used in conjunction with other therapies to treat myofascial pain syndrome, chronic pain, tendonitis, Jaw pain, Whiplash Injury, Sports Injury and to improve sports performance.

Dry needling involves insertion of filament needles into the muscle that has contracted and become shortened.  These shortened muscles compress and irritate the nerves. The aim of dry needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain. Dry needling is an effective treatment for chronic pain, such as chronic low back pain and sciatica symptoms.

This technique is unequaled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction. The needles used are very thin and most subjects do not feel the needles penetrate the skin.  The needle can be targeted at the site of taut, painful muscle bands, and/or can be near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated and super-sensitive.

Intramuscular dry needling can reduce pain while increasing flexibility and range of motion by:

  • Stretching receptors in the muscle by stimulation, producing relaxation or lengthening.
  • The needles cause a small injury that draws blood to the area, initiating the natural healing process.
  • The treatment creates an electrical potential in the muscle to make the nerve function normally again.

The Twitch Response

A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with the insertion of this needle. However, if the muscle is sensitive, shortened, or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel pain as a sensation like a muscle cramp. This is the “twitch” or “cramping response.” This sensation lasts only a few seconds.

Your Questions About Dry Needling/IMS Answered:

How many dry needling/IMS treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required depends on several factors: your general health, the duration and extent of your condition, the prevalence of scar tissue, the condition of your nerves, and how quickly your body can heal.  If the pain is of recent origin, one treatment may be all that is necessary.  The average person responds very well within four to six treatments.

How effective is dry needling/IMS?

IMS has a remarkable success rate, as proven by the elimination of symptoms and signs, even for chronic pain.

Is this the same as acupuncture?

No. While both treatments use acupuncture needles, IMS and acupuncture are very different procedures. Acupuncture is a traditional Eastern medicine that focuses on energy flow within the body. IMS is a newer Western treatment that specifically targets muscle pain. Acupuncture is typically painless while IMS elicits a twitch response.

So, this hurts a lot, right?

Do not expect dry needling/IMS to hurt. However, thanks to the twitch response and the fact that the treatment is actively releasing over-tense muscles, you may experience some light discomfort.

Should I take pain medication beforehand?

There is no need to take pain medication for IMS or dry needling before your treatment. Our gentle physiotherapists make the experience as painless as possible, and medications that dull your senses beforehand can reduce the effectiveness of the treatment over the long term.  Over-the-counter pain management can be taken after the treatment, if you so desire.

Is IMS/dry needling affordable?

ProActive Physiotherapy is a direct billing clinic in south Edmonton. Most of our services are covered (all or in part) by most benefit plans.

How do I get the best dry needling/IMS treatment in Edmonton?

As your local physiotherapists in the Duggan community of Edmonton, we welcome both new, returning, and referral patients. Call our clinic or book through our website to learn how dry needling/IMS treatment in Edmonton can dramatically improve your movement, your muscles, and your life.