Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a comprehensive system for the identification and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes. These are chronic pain conditions that involve the muscular system and yet have a neuropathic (nerve sensitization) origin to the symptoms.
IMS uses acupuncture needles to stimulate “sensitized” muscle bands and cause relaxation from a chronic tight state in a way that is more effective than simply stretching.
The most common cause of neuropathic pain is spondylosis, meaning degeneration of the spine. The wearing of the discs and joints of the spine can compromise the space needed for the nerves as they exit the spine. This often subtle but chronic pressure can lead to the nervous system sensitivity and subsequent shortening of muscles along the path fed by those nerve roots.
What kind of conditions can be treated by Gunn IMS?
- Chronic Low Back Pain
- Tennis Elbow Syndrome
- Frozen shoulder
- Tendinopathies such as Achilles Tendinosis
- Plantar Fasciitis
Does IMS hurt?
A needle insertion into a normal muscle is usually not painful. When the technique is used on super-sensitive muscle bands, sometimes a distinctive cramping sensation or a twitch is felt, followed by a feeling of relaxation of the muscle. Often people report a feeling of having delayed onset muscle soreness such as having been to the gym.
How frequent are the visits?
IMS treatment sessions are typically spaced 7-10 days for optimal results. How many sessions required depends on a number of factors, such as: how long your condition has persisted, the overall health of the affected areas, and how quickly your body can heal.