IMS Physiotherapy

By: Sturgeon Valley Physiotherapy  31-03-2016
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What is IMS Physiotherapy (Intramuscular Stimulation)? Are you suffering from tightness in your lower back? The chronic irritating pain you are feeling may be caused by muscles shortening or contracting and pulling on tendons, causing strain as they move. When a muscle is tightened and contracted, pain is felt and your range of motion is restricted. Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) Or Trigger Point Dry Needling can activate the shortened muscle to relax, alleviating muscular tightness and spasms. To release a tight and contracted muscle, a thin needle is inserted into trigger points or ‘knots’ within a muscle. You are unlikely to feel the needle penetrate the skin. If the muscle is healthy and normal (not tightened or contracted), there will be no pain felt from the needle. However, if the muscle is super sensitive, shortened or dysfunctional, a peculiar sensation will be felt, much like a Charlie horse or a muscle cramp. This sensation is caused by the muscle twitching or grasping the needle. Once this minor discomfort disappears, it will be followed by a feeling of relief and comfort. The goal of IMS treatment is to release the shortened muscle and allow it to relax and return to its normal state, ultimately desensitizing the nerve and alleviating the pain.

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