What is Intramuscular Stimulation?
Intramuscular Stimulation, also known as Gunn IMS, is a needle technique, whose method is used to treat neuropathic pain. It uses a fine, flexible needle to treat peripheral nerve dysfunction, which causes pain and altered function. This nerve dysfunction results in tender and shortened muscle bands causing pain in muscles, tendons, their connective tissue attachments, and joints.
Unlike acupuncture, needles are inserted directly into the source of the pain in the muscle to release tension and are immediately removed. These nerve dysfunctions are detected by performing a full musculoskeletal examination, and IMS is offered when appropriate.
For more on how IMS and acupuncture differ view the article: Acupuncture vs Intramuscular Stimulation