Intra Muscular Stimulation

Tender points and taut bands in muscles are often associated with myofascial pain syndromes. Abnormal signals from the nervous system creates muscle hypersensitivity and tightness through a pathway called neuropathic pain.

IMS (intramuscular stimulation, also known as 'dry needling' ) is a technique using acupuncture needles to deeply stimulate these painful muscles. Inserting the needle into the muscle creates a reflex that normalizes the feedback from the receptors within the muscle, reducing the sensitivity and tightness.

Combined with manual therapy and exercise, IMS can be a successful tool in treating pain conditions that have become longstanding and chronic, and have not responded to other treatment.

More information on IMS can be found at www.iSTOP.org.