Intramuscular Stimulation

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) also known as trigger point needling, is used to treat myofascial pain. IMS’ objective is to relax the nerves that have gone into spasm. Most commonly, these spasms are caused from muscle shortening. These shortened muscles cause irritation to other muscles and joints causing sensitivity. To achieve this muscle relaxation, the needle is inserted into trigger points to release the tight or irritated muscle. 

IMS was developed by Dr. Chan Gunn, a founder of the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain, clinical professor at University of British Columbia and University of Washington. Dr. Gunn’s objective was to create a technique that was drug free and that provided pain relief.

IMS can treat conditions such as: whiplash, spinal disc problems, low back pain, headaches, and much more. IMS treatments are dependent on each individual, this includes, the number of needles used, the amount of treatments,  and the duration each treatment.

Specific Techniques


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