Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), also referred to as dry needling is a very specific myofascial trigger point therapy using acupuncture needles.
IMS treats the cause of pain and there are multiple benefits from IMS and it is a very effective treatment for acute and chronic pain. The needles are inserted into the muscle belly in various locations throughout the muscle ‘trigger points’ and the goal for the therapist is to release the muscle which is tight and possibly shortened, pulling on the attachment sites of the muscles and presenting as pain within the body. The needle goes in, there is no electricity or any other input, just the mechanical movement of the needle going in and out the muscle to cause the release and stimulation. This increases blood flow and allows the muscle to start the healing process while helping the muscle to relax to a more ‘normal’ state.
The effects of IMS are really patient specific however can be instant for some and for others; the cumulative affect each session of IMS stimulates a certain amount of healing until the condition is healed.