Developed by Vancouver Physician Dr. Gunn, Intramuscular Stimulation(IMS) is a therapeutic technique that involves the insertion of extremely fine “atraumatic” needles into affected/ injured muscles. Although IMS uses the same needles as acupuncture, it is founded on an entirely different theory. Often referred to as “dry needling,” IMS is a unique and invaluable approach to treating chronic muscle pain and neuropathic pain. In fact, Dr. Chan Gunn was admitted to the order of Canada for his revolutionary work with pain.
In most cases with appropriate physiotherapy, muscle injuries will heal quickly and with minimal scar tissue. However, some muscle injuries become chronic, and the healing process comes to a dead halt. Healthy muscles are soft and supple when relaxed. Muscles that are in a chronic state of injury are hard like rocks and become extremely tender to touch. They don’t really ever relax. Once muscles injuries have reached the chronic stage, traditional physical therapy and massage techniques are often inadequate and only provide temporary relief. On the other hand, IMS penetrates deep into the muscle and produces effects on both the muscles and the nervous system controlling them. The result is effective, long term pain relief and muscle relaxation.
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