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.


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.

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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 physiotherapist at Broadmead Physiotherapy

Paul McIntyre

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
mary wong physiotherapist at Broadmead Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Clinic

Mary Wong Colebrook



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.


Laura Briggs
Laura Briggs
19:15 06 Mar 24
I am so glad that I started seeing Mary at this clinic. Prior to beginning treatment here I had pain between my neck and shoulder for over three years. I had seen several other medical practitioners for this specific issue with minimal success. I experienced immense pain relief after my first treatment with Mary. I have only good things to say about this more
Christina Craft
Christina Craft
20:11 03 Dec 23
Seriously... getting treatment from Mary Wong Colebrook felt like a miracle. I've had physio, massage, naturopathy, accupuncture, you name it, from many awesome practitioners for various issues over the years and can honestly say I had hands down the best treatment I've ever had. Mary identified the issue almost within seconds and the treatment plan had me go from barely able to walk to being back in motion again in no time at all. Customer service is slso excellent here ... great front desk staff!read more
23:07 21 Aug 23
Ian at Broadmead Physio is compassionate as well as knowledgeable in what he does. My knee was much improved after several sessions. The girls at the front desk were kind and more
Nisha Jhamat
Nisha Jhamat
16:45 16 Jan 23
I would highly recommend Nick Friesen. I've been working with him over the course of a few months, with a back/neck injury and he has been nothing but a miracle worker. I tried so many different physiotherapists and Nick is the only one who could actually help me. He's very very knowledgeable and just an all around great guy with a positive attitude! I look forward to my sessions with him. I'm sure any of the physiotherapists at broadmead physio are just as great. Bonus that the receptionists are super helpful and very polite!! Always so friendly!read more
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
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 more