Treat chronic or recurrent muscle pain with Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) or dry needling

The only thing worse than experiencing chronic or recurrent muscle pain is not knowing how to treat it.

Many people suffer from chronic musculoskeletal or neuropathic pain caused by nerve irritation or nerve dysfunction. When nerves malfunction, the muscles connected to them can become weak, tight and shortened—translation: painful. It feels like your muscles never relax.

The pain and stiffness that is experienced with chronic or recurrent muscle pain conditions may be eased by intramuscular stimulation or IMS.

What Is Intramuscular Stimulation?

Intramuscular Stimulation, also known as IMS, is an effective technique used by healthcare professionals, including physiotherapists, to diagnose and treat chronic pain originating from tight muscles and nerve-related issues. IMS targets trigger points, which are tight knots within muscles that can cause pain and restricted movement.

At E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, their team of highly skilled Saskatoon physiotherapists utilizes IMS to provide patients with relief from conditions such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, and sports injuries.

The treatment involves the insertion of thin acupuncture needles into targeted muscles to stimulate the underlying nerves, promoting muscle relaxation and healing. This is also often referred to or known as “dry needling.”


The Benefits of IMS

IMS offers numerous benefits to patients seeking relief from chronic pain and musculoskeletal conditions. One of the primary advantages of IMS is its ability to address the root cause of pain by targeting trigger points. By releasing these knots, IMS helps improve blood circulation and oxygen flow to the affected muscles, thereby reducing pain and promoting healing.

Furthermore, IMS promotes neuromuscular balance and helps restore proper muscle function. Through the stimulation of nerves, this technique can retrain the affected muscles, enabling them to return to their optimal state and function.

IMS is also known for its ability to provide long-lasting relief. While some treatments may provide temporary relief, IMS offers a lasting solution by directly addressing the underlying issues causing pain or discomfort.

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