Intramuscular Stimulation is used to treat muscle shortening and tenderness caused by irritation or pressure on the nerves. IMS can treat this problem by desensitizing affected nerves and muscles using acupuncture needles. Manipulation of an inserted needle brings mechanical stimulation into the affected muscles and provides the therapeutic effect. The needle activates a reflex causing the muscle to release and in doing so, eases the pain. Inserting the needle also creates a minor therapeutic injury to the area, stimulating the body to increase local circulation and activate its healing systems.
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine needles into specific points of energy that are located along 14 Meridians or Channels that cover the entire human body. There are 365 classical Acupuncture points associated with the 14 Meridians. These points and meridians were mapped out millennia ago and confirmed by consistent practice. Studies have shown that skillful insertion and manipulation of needles on these specific points will produce predictable results in the body. The needle stimulations alter the energy flow along the meridians, and therefore influence the corresponding body areas and internal organs in a therapeutic manner. Acupuncture is commonly used for pain relief, though it is also used for a wide range of other conditions.
Dry Needling is a needling technique used to treat myofascial pain and dysfunction. It involves the insertion and repetitive manipulation of needles in the myofascial trigger points. The purpose of this technique is to inactivate the myofascial trigger points by producing a local twitch response. This local twitch response then releases the shortened bands of muscle fibers. The result is muscle relaxation and pain relief.