Over the past 10 years, IMS (or more technically, intramuscular stimulation) has become an incredibly popular treatment technique for patients.  This is largely because many patients experience great outcomes.

IMS or dry needling (these terms are often used interchangeably) involves inserting tiny needles into muscles to help resolve pain, release tight muscles, and promote healing.  In order for physiotherapists to treat using needles, they must have undergone extensive post-graduate training and be registered as an IMS practitioner with the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia.

Contrary to some beliefs, IMS or dry needling should not be overly painful.  It may be uncomfortable at first, but the most common response is a mild muscle ache or cramp, and possibly even a muscle twitch.  After treatment, you should experience better range of motion in the body area being treated.  Your physiotherapist will educate you on how to manage any post-needling soreness shall it arise.

In the clinic, we see many conditions that are successfully treated with IMS. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • chronic neck or back pain
  • whiplash associated disordered (motor vehicle accident injuries)
  • shoulder impingement syndrome or rotator cuff strains
  • osteoarthritis of the hips, knees, and back
  • tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
  • Achilles tendinopathy

If you’re unsure whether IMS or dry needling can help your injury, or if you have any other questions about this treatment, give us a call and speak to one of our physiotherapists. We’ll be able to help answer your questions.

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Update: July 1, 2021

As the Province of BC enters Step 3 of the restart plan, things will mostly remain status quo at PhysioLife.  Changes are as follows:

  1. based on guidelines published by the College of Massage Therapists of BC, masks inside massage treatment rooms are no longer mandatory.  Masks do not need to be worn if and only if both patient and therapist mutually agree.  If you would like your therapist to wear a mask, they will.  If your therapist would like their patients to wear a mask, we kindly ask for your cooperation.  Masks must still be worn in all common areas of the clinic, so please keep bringing your masks!
  2. Our waiting room will be open on a limited basis (yay!)

All other COVID-19/communicable disease guidelines remain in place, and can be viewed on our website.  Our profession is governed by the College of Physical Therapists of BC and the College of Massage therapists of BC.  The rules and regulations passed down from these Colleges supersede any WorkSafeBC requirements which are imposed on the general population.  Therefore, we can only relax restrictions once our Colleges approve.  Our setting is a healthcare setting which is a high risk environment, even if masks are worn.  As the summer progresses, we hope to receive new guidance from our Colleges which will allow us to ease some of our other protocols.  However, we will only do so if we believe it will not interfere with the health and safety of our therapists, staff, and patients.

Thank you for your continued support.  We hope everyone stays healthy.

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