What is Dry Needling/IMS?
Dry Needling/Intramuscular Stimulation is a scientifically based and proven intervention for reversing the shortened muscles that cause Musculo-Skeletal pain. This pain is called neuropathic pain, and is difficult for doctors to diagnose and treat as it usually presents with no sign of tissue damage or inflammation.
Dry needling or Intramuscular Stimulation uses traditional acupuncture needles to stimulate shortened muscles which then results in muscle relaxation and relief from chronic pain.
How can Dry Needling/IMS help you?
If you suffer from chronic pain and have tried medications, massage, traditional physiotherapy, osteopathy, or chiropractic and still do not find lasting relief, your pain could be caused by muscle shortening.
Muscle shortening produces pain by pulling on tendons, straining them as well as distressing the joints they move. This constant strain can press on and irritate the nerves, leading to increased sensitivity of your nerves and nerve endings.
Dry needling/IMS can help this condition by inducing the shortened muscle to relax which relieves the pain. The effects of IMS are cumulative, with each treatment stimulating a certain amount of healing, until eventually, the condition is healed and the pain disappears.
Steve Brown is a Physiotherapist at Huron Crossing Physiotherapy in Kitchener. Steve is trained in an Integrated Dry Needling approach. He is able to apply the dry needling technique in combination with Manual Therapy skills and other treatment modalities.