Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), sometimes referred to as dry needling (DN), is an ideal treatment for chronic pain of neuropathic origin. Neuropathic pain occurs when nerves malfunction after an accident such as whiplash from a car accident, a back injury or repetitive strain in your elbow.
When your nerves get irritated, they can become very sensitive and painful. This can cause your muscles to tighten and shorten. With this muscle tightness comes changes in your blood flow which then turns normal sensory inputs into painful ones.
It involves the use of thin, filiform needles (acupuncture needles) needles are used to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points. Trigger points are very irritable spots in a tight muscle band that are painful and can cause referred pain.
This technique is used to relieve pain and muscle tension, increase circulation, and promote healing. It is a safe, effective and efficient treatment.