Intramuscular Stimulation


Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a needling technique used to decrease neuropathic pain following injury.  This type of pain causes local muscle tension, joint compression, and reduced blood circulation.  IMS involves the insertion of very fine single-use sterilized needles into the associated muscles, causing them to contract and/or twitch.  As a result, the muscle tension will release allowing for a reduction in pain and improvement in range of motion.


In conjunction with other treatment methods, IMS can help:  
Relieve muscle, joint, and/or nerve pain
Reduce and eliminate chronic pain
Decrease neuropathic pain 


The number of needles and insertion points used in each IMS session depends on your needs and tolerance. When a needle targets an affected muscle, there may be a cramping or dull aching sensation. Muscle soreness may last between 24-48 hours. We recommend avoiding exercise on IMS treatment days as this may increase pain and soreness.

The recommended frequency of treatment is typically one IMS session per body region per week. The number of treatments needed to experience the benefits of IMS depends on each individual condition, however, some individuals may experience results immediately following a session.

IMS is not recommended for those with bacterial endocarditis, localized and systemic infection and fever, uncontrolled bleeding disorders, compromised immune systems, or those undergoing anticoagulant, immunosuppression and/or cancer therapies, or pregnant women.