Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)
IMS is a form of dry needling that specifically targets injured muscles that have contracted and become shortened. It has a high success rate in the treatment of myofascial pain.
Under stress, motor point of muscle becomes hypersensitive and that muscle adaptively shortens. Without addressing the adaptive shortening of muscles, pain and other chronic changes (tendonitis, etc.) can continue to occur in muscles, joints, and tendons.Stimulating this motor point changes the tone of the muscle, allowing it to lengthen and in turn decreasing pain
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) causes “muscle twitch”: The overactive/shortened muscle contracts with stimulation and then relaxes and returns to a normal resting state. This results in decreased pain and increased function.