Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) & Anatomical Acupuncture

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and Anatomical Acupuncture for symptom relief

Both IMS and Acupuncture are used in our clinics to provide symptom relief. They are an excellent complement to the Concussion and Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy programs done at out clinics.

What form of acupuncture works best?

There are a number of forms of acupuncture including Anatomical Acupuncture, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture.

All acupuncture forms use Dry Needling. In other words, needling done without the delivery of medication. Only Anatomical Acupuncture and Intramuscular Stimulation are used in our clinics. They are used for the following different purposes:

Anatomical Acupuncture

This is a Western, science-based form of acupuncture. It is used by certified professionals, mostly for the relief of shorter-term (acute or sub-acute) sources of pain. For example:

Sharp pain from mechanical, heat/cold or chemical irritation (e.g. a cut to the skin).

Throbbing or Aching pain from a muscle/tendon strain/tear or a ligament sprain.

By affecting your autonomic nervous system, Anatomical Acupuncture is also helpful for decreasing headaches and nausea.

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

Intramuscular Stimulation is another Western, science-based form of acupuncture. It is used by certified professionals, mostly for the relief of more long-term (chronic) pain. For example:

  • Pain that is fairly continuous, deep, dull and/or aching
  • Pain that is random and has a stabbing-like sensation
  • Pain which persists although your doctor has said that the tissue should have healed by now
  • Pain that seemed to come later on after an injury
  • Pain associated with even mild things like gentle touch
  • Pain that gets worse with even slightly increased activity or exercise
  • Pain in multiple areas, often including the muscles around the spine. Often you will notice that you have tight muscles, loss of flexibility and decreased strength.

IMS can also help with the following:

Persistent pain that lasts after the normal tissue healing period, in other words, longer than the 12 week period that is normally required for healing. For example unrelieved or chronic:

  • Muscle pain
  • Tendonitis and bursitis of the shoulder, elbow, hand, hip, knee and ankle
  • Back or neck conditions

For more detailed information about the Concussion Rehabilitation Therapy (CRT) program at our three Toronto locations please click:

This information is not provided to self-diagnose. Pain comes from many sources. It is therefore very IMPORTANT that you also consult your doctor.