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: January 6, 2022

Please note: The Provincial Government has implemented new self-isolation rules for those with cold/flu/COVID-19 symptoms.  If you are not familiar with these new rules, please go to the BCCDC website to learn more.  We’ve tried to summarize important points on our website; however, patients are required to follow all rules and regulations as put forth by the BCCDC.  All of our COVID-19/communicable disease guidelines still remain in place, and can be viewed on our website.

As a reminder, masks are required inside our clinic.  We strongly suggest patients wear a 3 layer disposable mask at a minimum. Also, physical distancing is not possible with physiotherapy or massage therapy treatments.  Despite our best efforts, there is at least some risk of COVID-19 transmission at our clinic.

NEW: We have installed HEPA air purifiers inside each of our treatment rooms to further try to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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

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