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What is Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)? And How it Can Help!

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) in Burnaby is a therapeutic technique that involves the use of fine, sterile needles to target tight or shortened muscles. Our certified Physiotherapists offer this service at both of our Burnaby locations. Different from Acupuncture, which is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), IMS is grounded in Western medical principles and focuses on relieving pain caused by muscle tension and nerve irritation.

How Does IMS Work?

IMS works by inserting small, fine needles into trigger points—specific areas within muscles that are tight or sensitive. When the needle penetrates these points, it stimulates the muscle to contract and relax; releasing tension and promoting blood flow. This process helps to reset the muscle’s normal function, reducing pain and improving mobility!

The Benefits of IMS

1. Pain Relief
IMS is highly effective in treating chronic pain conditions, particularly those related to muscle and nerve dysfunction. By targeting the source of the pain, IMS can provide long-lasting relief from conditions such as:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow
  • And much more!

2. Improved Muscle Function
IMS helps to release tight muscles, which can improve overall muscle function and flexibility. This is particularly beneficial for individuals or athletes recovering from injuries.

3. Improved Blood Flow
By increasing blood flow to the targeted areas, IMS can promote better tissue health. This makes it an excellent option for individuals dealing with chronic injuries.

4. Minimally Invasive
IMS is a minimally invasive treatment that does not require medication, making it a safe and effective option for those looking to avoid the side effects of painkillers or invasive procedures.

Meet Our IMS-Certified Physiotherapists

Our team of IMS-certified Physiotherapists are trained to ensure you receive the highest quality of care. We believe in and foster a personalized approach to your treatment, tailoring each session to your specific needs and goals. We’re here to help you achieve lasting relief and improved well-being.

Our IMS-certified Physiotherapists:

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Ready to experience the benefits of IMS at one of our Burnaby locations? Book your session today and discover how Intramuscular Stimulation can help you live pain-free and improve your overall health. Contact us at 604-437-9355 or book now.


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