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Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

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IMS is an anatomy specific form of acupuncture performed by specially trained physiotherapists and some doctors.  It has its roots in traditional Chinese acupuncture, but is fundamentally different in many ways.  IMS uses Western medicine’s understanding of the neurophysiology of pain and Dr Chan Gunn’s assessment techniques of identifying underlying nerve irritations to treat chronic pain issues.

It is a therapeutic form of treatment performed by a physiotherapist that utilises thin, solid, filament needles to stimulate neuromuscular tissues. Myofascial trigger points, or “knots” in the muscles are needled because they are part of the production and maintenance of the pain cycle and they can often refer pain to other areas in the body. IMS is helpful in “reseting” dysfunction in the muscle being treated so that specific, active strengthening can be resumed.

Therapeutic effects include:

  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Pain relief
  • Reduction of Headaches
  • Increase range of motion

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