Why IMS for Pain?
IMS needling is an effective way to reduce pain in the muscle or trigger point. Once the pain and tension in the muscle improves the muscle is able to work more effectively and efficiently. Many patients report that this type of relief allows them to work on strength and participate in a work out program more easily.
Who Gets IMS?
IMS physiotherapist practitioners perform a complete assessment including a medical history and specific physical testing for the diagnosis. Once a full assessment is complete, your therapist will let you know if you are a good candidate. In same cases, out of town patients can call and talk to the physical therapist for a brief consult. This is often enough for the patient to know their chances of success. If IMS treatment is indicated, sessions are usually scheduled once per week to allow time for the body to heal.
What Does it Feel Like?
Most Intramuscular treatments are relatively painless and can be adjusted to meet the needs go each patient. A cramping sensation can at times be felt, especially when inserting into shortened and hypersensitive muscle. If you have experienced too much pain during IMS previously, it might mean that you have had to much stimulation for the amount of sensitivity in your nervous system. We approach this powerful technique to meet the needs of all individual patients, and can create change without causing pain.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
Typically, most patients require 3-8 treatments to see longer standing results. As the tissue begins to respond, less sore spots are noticable and the muscle will fire more easily and with balance and strength. It is important to follow your muscle activation exercises which will improve the treatment and your long term outcomes.
Whats The Difference Between Acupuncture?
Unlike conventional methods, intramuscular stimulation Treatment is dependent on a specific, thorough, physical examination. Since chronic pain often accompanies some sort or neurological dysfunction, it often doesn’t specifically show up on X-rays, and other scans. If you aren’t sure that IMS treatments are right for you, seek out a general physio appointment, and we can create a custom plan that meets your needs.
What to Expect Post Treatment
- An achy, fatigued feeling in the muscles that were needled
- An instant increase in range of motion and strength in the affected area
- Decrease tight and painful muscles
- Reduction in neuropathic signs: reduced tenderness, reduced skin irritation
- Application of heat can be helpful immediately following the treatment and over the 24-36 hours post-treatment