Understanding IMS

(Intramuscular Stimulation)

A surprising number of Canadians live with chronic pain -17% of us, according to recent studies. Chronic pain is usually defined as an episodic or constant pain that is not easily relieved, with a duration of longer than 6 months. Many people experiencing chronic pain report their condition as elusive, which makes diagnosis and treatment very difficult, particularly when there’s no visible point of injury or inflammation present. Many turn to medications, traditional treatments, such as physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment or massage – which may offer inconsistent results, often without long-term relief.

The Effects of IMS

Patients typically respond to their initial treatment, but the effects of IMS are cumulative. IMS will stimulate the healing process, and expectedly over time, the patient’s symptoms will diminish and eventually disappear. Case studies have shown that some patients treated with IMS have remained pain-free for over 20 years.

Frequency of Treatments

IMS treatment frequency is typically performed once per week, but sometimes 2 weeks’ time is recommended, to allow the body enough time between treatments for healing. The treatment plan itself will largely depend on the duration and extent of the condition, and how well your body responds to each treatment. Other factors may also include the overall condition of the nerves, and the amount of scar tissue that is present; usually more is found after surgery. If the pain is caused by a recent event or trauma, a single treatment may be all that is necessary. Published studies of patients who complained of lower back pain determined that the average number of IMS treatments required was 8.2.

Treatable Diseases and Conditions

The following list is not all-inclusive:

Myofascial Pain
Neck Pain
Upper Back Pain
Frozen Shoulder
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis/Strain
Torticollis/Wry Neck
Tennis Elbow
Golfer’s Elbow
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Low Back Pain
Hip Pain
Piriformis Syndrome
Knee Pain
Achilles Tendonitis
Hamstring Strain
Quadricep Strain
ITB Friction Syndrome
Tibialis Posterior Tendonitis

*IMS should not be performed on patients who are hemophiliac or pregnant .