What is IMS Needling?
By Active Sports Therapy
IMS stands for Intra Muscular Stimulation. It is a technique that uses needles similar to needles used in acupuncture to find and diagnose muscle shortening in deep muscles. The goal of the IMS needling technique is to release this deep muscle tension.
Why do muscles become shortened and therefore cause pain in the first place?
In theory, muscles can become overactive or tight when nerves malfunction following minor irritation. Nerves and nerve endings become extremely sensitive and cause innocent, harmless signals to be exaggerated and misperceived as pain. This characteristic is known medically as super sensitivity. The response to the super sensitivity is pain and extreme muscle shortening.
IMS works to release shortened muscles and pain by calming down the overactive nerve signals to the muscles.
Does this treatment work?
If the shortened muscle is caused by overactive nerve signals to the muscle, then IMS is a very good treatment.
Ask you Doctor or Therapist if IMS is an appropriate treatment for you! Our Physiotherapist, Michelle Nay, has had great success treating patients with IMS at Active Sports Therapy.