Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

At Sherwood Chiropractic Centre, we understand the impact of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction on your daily life. That’s why we offer Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) therapy, a highly effective treatment designed to address the root cause of your pain and promote lasting relief.

Cartoon showing a physiotherapist performing Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) on a patient

What is Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)?

Intramuscular Stimulation, also known as IMS or dry needling, was developed as a remedy for chronic muscle pain and tension that results from muscles held in a consistently tight/shortened state. As the name suggests, IMS involves stimulating the affected muscles. IMS targets tight bands of muscle fibres, known as trigger points, which can cause pain and restrict movement. Sterilized needles (similar to acupuncture needles) are inserted into the muscle, encouraging blood flow to the muscle and stimulating healing.

The longer a muscle has been tight, the lower the circulation and healthy tissue levels will be in that area. IMS treatment will stimulate fresh blood cells to the area and create a healthy inflammatory response to carry away any excess toxins in the affected muscle tissues.

How does IMS work?

IMS works by targeting and releasing trigger points, which are hyperirritable spots within a muscle that can contribute to pain and restricted movement. When a needle is inserted into these trigger points, it initiates a reflex that causes the muscle to contract and then relax. This process helps to improve blood flow, release muscle tension, and promote the body’s natural healing response.

What to expect during an IMS session:

During an IMS session, our trained therapist will conduct a thorough assessment to identify the trigger points contributing to your pain. Thin, sterile needles will then be inserted into these trigger points, and you may feel a brief, mild discomfort as the muscle responds to the stimulation. The treatment is tailored to your specific needs, and our therapist will ensure you are comfortable throughout the process.


Conditions Treated by IMS


Chronic Muscle Pain

IMS is particularly effective for treating chronic muscle pain conditions, such as lower back pain, neck pain (including whiplash), and shoulder pain.


Sports Injuries

Athletes often experience muscle tightness and imbalances, and IMS can be a valuable tool in addressing these issues and preventing further injuries.



Tension in the neck and shoulder muscles can contribute to headaches, and IMS can help alleviate these symptoms.


Repetitive Strain Injuries

Conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow and frozen shoulder can benefit from IMS by addressing muscle tightness and imbalances.

Benefits of Instramuscular Stimulation IMS

Pain Relief

IMS provides effective relief from chronic muscle pain by targeting and releasing trigger points.

Accelerated Healing

The stimulation of muscles through IMS promotes increased blood flow, facilitating the body’s natural healing processes.

Improved Range of Motion

By releasing muscle tension, IMS can enhance flexibility and improve your overall range of motion.

Customized Treatment

Each IMS session is personalized to address your unique pain and mobility issues, ensuring a targeted and effective approach.

Is IMS right for you?

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) offers a personalized and effective solution for individuals seeking relief from chronic muscle pain and dysfunction. Whether you’re experiencing discomfort from conditions like lower back, neck, or shoulder pain, IMS targets the root cause by addressing trigger points within the muscles. This specialized therapy promotes lasting pain relief and improved mobility, allowing you to regain control over your daily activities and enjoy a higher quality of life. With IMS, you can expect tailored treatment plans, experienced practitioners, and a commitment to your overall well-being. Experience the transformative benefits of IMS at Sherwood Chiropractic Centre and reclaim your comfort and vitality. Speak with your Chiropractor to see if IMS is the next step towards a pain-free future.

Anne Edwards Physiotherapist

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