IMS/Dry Needling


IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) aka dry needling is a common technique physiotherapists use to treat a wide variety of issues from chronic pain to tight muscles including but not limited to

  • Shin splints
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Lower back pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Joint pain
  • Achilles tendon pain
  • Arthritic pain
  • Tennis/Golf elbow
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
IMS/Dry Needling

What Exactly Is IMS

During IMS/Dry needling a small sterile needle is used and inserted into a tight band of muscle groups under the skin (trigger point). The needle is then moved around gently to get an involuntary muscle twitch.

Once the needle is removed the muscles relax leading to immediate relief of symptoms. The process is repeated as needed for each of the affected muscle groups.

Although the thought of needles might be frightening, this treatment has led to remarkable results for chronic pain that refuses to go away. IMS is especially useful for soft tissue injuries and neuropathic pain.


IMS is a modern technique where only a single needle is inserted into the muscle at a given time. The needles are also moved around by the IMS practitioner to target the “knots” (tight muscle bands). The purpose is to directly reduce the muscle tension and tightness at the trigger points where the needle is placed to produce a muscle twitch.

In contrast, acupuncture is a traditional technique of Chinese medicine where needles are inserted into specific areas of the body. Up to  20 to 30 minutes at a time. These insertion points are designed to release qi ( the flow of energy ) through the body. There is usually little or no discomfort after the needles are placed.  You can learn more about acupuncture services he

IMS VS acupuncture


IMS treatment is scientifically proven to help with a number of chronic pain conditions.

Additional benefits of this non-invasive technique include:


Release Tight Muscles.

IMS therapy does an excellent job at promoting healthy blood flow and reduces pain in the affected area in as little as one session


Chronic Pain Relief

Overused muscles and muscle aches are a common occurrence. IMS therapy alleviates chronic pain due to overuse and injury.


Reduce Supersensitivity

Super Sensitive areas return to normal function and become desensitized by the IMS treatment.


Faster Healing

IMS therapy helps the body heal faster and prevent future injuries. 

Tamarack Physiotherapy in Edmonton specializes in IMS therapy. If you are unsure whether the treatment option is right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us or call us for a quick consultation. We can provide next steps and expert advice.

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