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Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is a technique that physiotherapists, who have completed an IMS certification, use to release or lengthen muscles that may be causing acute/chronic musculoskeletal or neuropathic pain. Very fine needles (the same ones used in acupuncture) are inserted directly into the affected muscle, in order to faciliate healing. This is also often referred to, or known as “dry needling.” 

Common conditions IMS can help alleviate:

  • Headaches

  • Back pain

  • Whiplash

  • Tennis elbow

  • Rotator cuff strains

  • Chronic aching or burning pain

  • Limited range of motion

  • Stiffness in muscles and joints

Why choose an OHP IMS provider?

Our experts are hollistic in their protocols, which means they will look at many factors affecting your injury. Their background in rehabilitation allows them to work with you to build the proper strengthening/stretching, and conditioning routines that will help keep you moving properly with less pain. The protocols are individualized and are often coupled with manual therapy to facilitate healing. Okanagan Health and Performance physiotherapists are passionate about serving the Kelowna community, and help those who are injured get back to doing the activities they enjoy. OHP physiotherapy is here to help you live life to the fullest.

What to expect during your first visit

A detailed assessment of your range of motion, strength and clinical diagnosis will be followed by an appropriate dry needling treatment. Very fine needles (the same ones used in acupuncture) are inserted directly into the affected muscle in order to create a twitch and release of pain. Relief from the original symptoms can be significant either immediately after or within a few days of the treatment. IMS can be an effective tool at releasing pain or tension, and is often used together with other treatment modalities such as hands-on therapy, electrotherapy, heat and prescribed exercises.

OHP IMS providers

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Glenn Charbonneau


Hayley Brown

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