Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

intramuscular stimulation muscle relief

IMS utilizes acupuncture needles to treat pain and dysfunction from a different perspective than traditional acupuncture. In this treatment an injector tube is used with the needles to allow for enhanced accuracy and depth of needle penetration in areas of tissue shortening or thickening. The technique is widely recognized and utilized by physiotherapists and physicians throughout the world.

This approach is based on Dr Chan Gunn’s “radiculopathic model of pain”.  Effective treatment requires the therapist’s ability to recognize the subtle objective signs of neuropathic pain and to localize shortened, sensitive muscular tissues. By stimulating these taut tissues, the treatment creates a tiny ‘injury’ to the tissue that increases blood flow and causes a relaxation of the area. Benefits include improved sensation, increased muscle function, better movement and a decrease in pain.

James Baggs PT is trained in the application of IMS and has used it successfully with many patients for over a decade.