Get rapid relief from a number of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic problems with IMS / Dry needling

We direct bill extended health insurance plans. No referral needed. All of our physios at Broadmead Physio Clinic have specialized training in IMS.

What Exactly Is Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)?

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is also known as functional dry needling. It involves the use of very fine gauge (acupuncture) needles that are inserted to bring relief to muscle tightness that is at the root of chronic or recurring conditions.

The needles are so fine that there is virtually no sensation when the needle penetrates the skin. As the needle penetrates deeper, into normal muscle, there is no discomfort. However, if a needle penetrates a supersensitive and shortened muscle the muscle will “grasp” the needle and provoke a cramping sensation.

The goal of treatments is to release the super sensitive / shortened muscles and relieve pressure on irritated nerves.


Quality Care, Fast Relief

Our clinic is renowned for treatment delivery of Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) in Victoria, BC. Intramuscular stimulation can only be performed by specially credentialed physiotherapists. You can rest assured that ALL of our physios at Broadmead Physiotherapy Clinic are certified to use this technique. At Broadmead Physio our number one goal is to get you rapid relief from your struggles and intramuscular stimulation is a key approach we use to successfully heal your injuries.


A huge range of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic injuries can be successfully treated with Intramuscular Stimulation. Here are some common ones…

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Headaches
  • Back Pain
  • Chronic Tendonitis or Bursitis
  • Whiplash
  • Patellofemoral syndrome
  • Plantar fascitis
  • Shin splints

How does Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) differ from Acupuncture?

Both IMS and acupuncture make use of the identical needles. The primary difference is in treatment approach and philosophy.

Acupuncture is based on Eastern, traditional Chinese medicine principles where needles are placed according to the energy meridians in the body. Acupuncture is a practice that is hundreds of years old and the needles are typically left in place for approximately 10-20 minutes at a time.

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a much more recent treatment approach and based more on Western medicine principles. With IMS, after a comprehensive assessment of your musculoskeletal function, your skilled therapist will insert needles into specific muscles to target areas of chronic pain and discomfort.

The needles are left in usually for a shorter period of time (until the achiness subsides). As the needles are inserted directly into shortened or supersensitive muscles during IMS, you are more likely to experience a cramping or aching sensation initially when the needles are inserted.

How Long Will It Take to See Results?

Treatments are normally performed once a week and while you should notice improvement even after your first session it may require a number of sessions to bring your symptoms fully under control. Once this is achieved specific exercises may be prescribed as part of a maintenance program. In our experience using Intramuscular stimulation results in the fastest relief from your pain and discomfort. At Broadmead Physio our number one goal is to get you rapid relief from your struggles and intramuscular stimulation is a key approach we use to successfully heal your injuries.


Paul McIntyre


Colleen Davies


Matt Rose

BSc. Kin, MSc. PT, CAFCI, Functional Dry Needling / IMS

Nicholas Friesen

BSc.Hons, MSc.PT, Dry Needling / IMS

Lauren Macauley


Ian Hallworth

BSc.PT, MSc. Rehab Science, Dry Needling / IMS


At Broadmead Physiotherapy Clinic, we want to help you live pain free – no more aches, discomfort or tension.

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) performed by our skilled, credentialed physiotherapists in Victoria, BC can get you rapid relief from chronic, painful conditions.

Find relief by booking an appointment and getting started today.


Prakash Sivananthan
Prakash Sivananthan
17:56 10 Nov 21
Very professional place with highly skilled therapists. They have always helped me get to the bottom of my issues and provided the correct treatment. Best physio clinic I have ever been more
Heidi Ullrich
Heidi Ullrich
17:55 11 May 21
Matt Rose is an incredible physio- helped me through years of swimming related shoulder injuries, and many other sport and non sport related injuries- he is very thorough, and identifies all possible contributors to every imbalance and injury. Truly so grateful for the team at Broadmead Physioread more
Jennifer Baker-d'Anjou
Jennifer Baker-d'Anjou
19:23 09 Apr 21
Amazing office. They are caring and honest with you. Keep you on track and work with you to get the best recovery possible. My physiotherapist is Lauren and I cannot praise this woman and her expertise enough. The front end staff are so kind. Amazing office. I'm so glad I was referred over by a more
Mark Blackman
Mark Blackman
23:12 11 Jan 21
I was referred to Paul Macintyre by an awesome ER Dr who also saw Paul. That in itself was good enough. In fact she gave me one of his appointments because it was pretty difficult to get in.Paul's experience is validated by not only his thorough and accredited knowledge of athletic physiology, but by also carrying around a pretty beaten up one of his own. More validation.Expect a friendly (like walking into someone's living room kinda feel) atmosphere and also the satisfaction that you're working with the most up to date equipment.Nothing but great things to say about this physiotherapist.Office staff are pretty cool too. There. 🏋️‍♀️read more
hugh trask
hugh trask
17:57 20 Feb 20
Have been a patient for over 10 years. Good with diagnosis, good w treatment, good w prevention, good w therapy and exercisesread more
Nels Anvik
Nels Anvik
23:28 03 Jul 19
I went to Broadmead Physio after struggling to get back on the bike after a severe round of patella/knee pain. Jacob identified the root cause and worked with me to design a strengthening program to treat the underlying issue and not just the symptoms. I went from a fully locked up knee and limping around to back on the bike and being active withing a few weeks. Great service at Broadmead, and I highly recommend more