IMS

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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COVID 19 NOTICE

We have re-opened our clinic for patients as of May 19, 2020!

Our number one priority during this time is ensuring our patients, staff and therapists stay safe. To achieve this, we’ve spent considerable time reviewing all guidelines put forth by WorkSafeBC, the Provincial Health Officer, and our licensing Colleges. To meet these guidelines, we’ve made lots of changes to how our clinic looks, and how we do things. We admit there’ll be some hiccups. When we find a new procedure or policy that doesn’t work, we’ll change it to make it better. In these unprecedented times, we’re all learning as we go.

As our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, likes to say “We’re all in this together.” Just like our therapists and staff are changing how they work to keep you safe, we’re asking you, our patients, to change a few things too. Don’t worry, none of them are hard. We just ask for your diligence and understanding to help keep us and our families safe too.

We’ve compiled a list on our website of all the changes we’ve made to ensure our clinic remains as safe as possible. Once you click the “go to website” button, you’ll see a link on our homepage. Please take the time to review, and if you have any questions or need clarification, just give us a call or shoot us an email.

Thank you for your continued loyalty, understanding, and cooperation.

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