Legacies Health Centre, located in Surrey BC at 604-591-5569, offers a wide range of treatment options, which includes IMS (intramuscular stimulation) used by our registered physiotherapists. Below is some information about IMS and how it is used in physiotherapy treatments to help get our patients better.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE IMS TREATMENT?
At Legacies Health Centre, if you are seen by a physiotherapist for IMS treatments, small thin needles are used to “reset” unhealthy muscle tissues (often referred to as trigger points). With IMS, no medication or substance is injected in to the skin, just the needle itself. The needles used by the physiotherapist in IMS treatments are similar to those used in traditional Chinese acupuncture. The application of the needle, however, is significantly different from traditional Chinese medicine.
IMS needles are intended to be used on tight, sensitive “knots” or bands of muscle tissue that may have been irritated by posture, trauma (such as a motor vehicle accident), and day- to-day activities such as sports or work. In Surrey at Legacies Health Centre, the actual IMS technique with the physiotherapist is just one part of the visit, and may take anywhere from only 3-10 seconds. If required, the physiotherapist will move on to the next group of muscles. While IMS only takes 3-10 seconds per muscle, its effects typically last much longer. Our physiotherapists aim to use IMS to cause neurophysiological changes to the local tissue and nervous system.
“Since utilizing IMS in my physiotherapy practice, I have seen quicker and more effective results in treating muscle and nerve pain than I would have seen before. The effects last longer, and the changes are almost immediate.” – Jasub Jarquin, Physiotherapist in Surrey& Delta BC at Legacies Health Centre
WHAT TYPE OF INJURIES/CONDITIONS DOES IMS HELP TREAT?
IMS has been supported heavily in current research to treat chronic myofascial pain. Clinically, our physiotherapists find it is effective in numerous treatments for nerve/musculoskeletal conditions, such as:
- Tennis Elbow/Golfer’s Elbow
- Chronic mechanical low back pain
- Headaches (ie. Cervicogenic)
- Plantar fasciitis/Achilles Tendinopathy
- Postural dysfunction related to the Neck, Midspine, Low Back or Pelvis
- Patellofemoral Pain or Mechanical Knee Pain
- Sciatica/Piriformis syndrome