INTRAMUSCULAR STIMULATION (IMS)

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.

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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.

CONDITIONS TREATED WITH IMS

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 fasciitis
  • 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 physiotherapist 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.

YOUR VICTORIA INTRAMUSCULAR STIMULATION (IMS) PHYSIO TEAM

Paul McIntyre physiotherapist at Broadmead Physiotherapy

Paul McIntyre

BSc.PT, FCAMPT, CGIMS
Colleen Davies physiotherapist at Broadmead Physiotherapy

Colleen Davies

BSc.PT, FCAMPT, CGIMS
Matt Rose physiotherapist at Broadmead physiotherapy

Matt Rose

BSc. Kin, MSc. PT, CAFCI, Functional Dry Needling / IMS
Nicholas Friesen physiotherapist at Broadmead physiotherapy

Nicholas Friesen

BSc.Hons, MSc.PT, Dry Needling / IMS
Lauren Macauley physiotherapist at Broadmead Physiotherapy

Lauren Macauley

BSc. Kin, MSc.PT, FCAMPT, CGIMS, CAFCI
Ian Hallworth physiotherapist at Broadmead physiotherapy

Ian Hallworth

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

FINALLY FEEL LIKE YOURSELF AGAIN

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.

OUR PATIENTS ❤️ US

Nicolas Pinard
Nicolas Pinard
04:57 10 Nov 22
I always got excellent help from Nick Friesen whenever we met. Through some basic movement tests, he was immediately able to pinpoint the root cause of the issue! I highly recommend his services!read more
A S
A S
22:06 06 Aug 22
My husband (big fan of hockey) found this physio by Googling and booked for Ian (His profile shows Ian used to be a physical therapy consultant to the Edmonton Oilers!). I had a major accident last year. I can walk on my own again without any devices because of Ian’s help and guidance. He is indeed honest, compassionate, knowledgeable, helpful, and has a good sense of humour. He sends me follow up emails to ensure that I don’t forget my training menu at home. I have never seen such a dedicated therapist in my life. The physio office is always really clean and all the receptionists are helpful. Thank you.read more
Tara MacLeod
Tara MacLeod
17:25 15 Jun 22
Colleen Davies is the best! I put my back out, summer 2019 and tried everything for 3 weeks until I found out about Colleen and her magic IMS needles. I was walking again the next day😀. I have been back for 2 maintenance sessions since then and my back is great!I am looking forward to some relief with my "tennis elbow" next😅All the sporty, fun, crazy activities of youth catching up! Thank you 💛read more
Lawrie Keogh
Lawrie Keogh
22:58 02 Apr 22
Feeling so much better after treatment with Colleen! Can’t say enough about her and the clinic. Highly recommend!
Lorraine Bradbury
Lorraine Bradbury
16:48 10 Feb 22
I cannot say enough about Paul, Lauren and the entire crew at Broadmead Orthopaedic Physio! I found Paul 20 years ago when I had unsuccessfully tried 4 other physiotherapists, and my GP recommended Paul. Paul had me fixed after 3 sessions, when all others failed! His knowledge of the entire human body system is utterly thorough! More recently, Lauren treated me for severe vertigo, fixed completely in one session ! They are the best of the best !read more
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 to.read more