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IMS for Chronic Pain Treatments

What is Intrasmuscular Stimulation (IMS)?

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndrome.  IMS benefits people suffering from chronic pain. Urban Active has an experienced IMS physiotherapist to provide relief for you with effective chronic pain treatments.

How was IMS founded?

IMS is grounded in Western medical science and was developed by Dr. Gunn.  Dr Gunn invented IMS while he was a physician at the Worker’s Compensation Board of British Columbia in the 70’s.  His interest in the subject of stubborn chronic pain started as he investigated the large number of mysteriously stubborn cases that were ineffective to the modalities at his disposal.

IMS treatments utilize acupuncture needles for there ability to penetrate deep within muscle tissue and specifically targets injured muscles.  Source The similarities between IMS an acupuncture stop at the use of same needles.  The healing philosophies between IMS and acupuncture are very different though.

How can my chronic pain be tested?

As you may know chronic pain is not visible on modern day tests like X-rays, Ct scans, and MRI test. This makes it incredibly hard and frustration for a patient dealing with chronic pain and looking for relief as well as for a physiotherapist looking to provide a correct diagnosis to the symptoms.

IMS offers amazing results for muscle tension, muscular tears, and nerve irritation that presents with chronic pain symptoms.

What are the main differences between acupuncture and IMS?

IMS and acupuncture are fundamentally different in many ways.  IMS uses western medicine’s understanding of the neurophysiology of pain and Dr. Gunn’s assessment procedures of analysis  of underlying nerve irritations to treat chronic pain.

IMS uses acupuncture needles but not the same way as an acupuncturist. The philosophy behind acupuncture is that the body is mapped out in points.  Each point relates to different organs or meridian of energy running throughout the body.  Fine acupuncture needles are then inserted into a number of these mapped out points. Acupuncture can be very useful for the right condition but it is not as specific or as purposeful for chronic pain treatments.

Learn about the steps when a physiotherapist performs IMS

The physiotherapist will first assess your basic posture and body movements looking for common signs of nerve irritation.  The physiotherapist assesses your body for restriction of movement in major joints like the hips or shoulders.  When the physiotherapist see skin irritations or areas of the skin that respond differently to touch an IMS treatment schedule is then created for your individual medical needs. Louise performs specific IMS for chronic pain treatments or trauma in Vancouver.

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