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Gunn IMS Therapy

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a total system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes and chronic pain conditions.

IMS Physio | Chronic Pain Management | Deep Muscle Release | Dry Needling

I received IMS for hip and leg pain. My therapist was very skilled in this area. I didn’t think after only a couple of treatments the pain would be gone but it was. I will definitely go back for any future issues that occur
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Acupuncture vs Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)


  • Uses Chinese Meridians/pathways
  • Stimulates endorphin production
  • Uses 1-20 needles
  • Needles left in place around 10-20 minutes
  • Minimal discomfort

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  • Uses tight muscle bands (trigger points)
  • Produces a natural relaxation of the muscle
  • Produces aching, twitching movement in muscle
  • Needles left in place around a few seconds to a few minutes
  • Some muscle soreness is common for up to 48 hours after treatment

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Benefits of IMS Therapy

  • Pain Control
  • Deeper Muscle Release
  • Immediate Results
  • Source-Orientated Treatment
  • Medication-Free

Both forms of treatment can be extremely effective for pain control.

IMS therapy in Parksville

We are a local IMS Therapy Clinic with the knowledge and experience to help you treat your specific intramuscular pain.
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Should I get acupuncture or IMS?

Acupuncture is often used for the treatment of radiating neurological pain, arthritic pain, or widespread pain with fewer signs of muscle shortening.

IMS is preferred over Acupuncture when a client requires a significant reduction in muscular tension, has only experienced mild changes with Acupuncture or manual therapy, and is looking for a deeper muscle release and more intense result.

Some people are more responsive to Acupuncture and others IMS. Your physiotherapist is trained to identify which treatment is best suited to you.

What are the side effects of IMS?

Due to the nature of the treatment, muscle soreness and a bruise-like sensation may occur during and/or after treatment. Some people may feel slightly fatigued after treatment. This usually lasts no longer than 48 hours.

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Is Gunn IMS the same as dry needling?

Although similar, they differ in that dry needling is a technique while Gunn IMS is a system of care.

Dry needling is used directly on the muscle through “trigger points” to address localized pain.

Gunn IMS also uses “trigger points” but extends to look for the root cause of the pain. This treatment looks at the body as a whole, instead of only focusing on one area alone.

IMS Intramuscular Stimulation and Gunn IMS treatments are total systems for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes and chronic pain conditions. Also known as IMS therapy or needle therapy, IMS treatment can assist in the relief and rehabilitation of a wide variety of injuries.

How does Gunn IMS work?

IMS therapy is a dry needling technique that is grounded in Western Medical Science; it was developed by Dr. Chan Gunn while he was a physician at the Worker’s Compensation Board of British Columbia in the 1970s.

The treatment utilizes acupuncture needles and is designed to penetrate deep within muscle tissue. This treatment specifically targets injured muscles that have contracted and become shortened from distress.

Supersensitive areas can be desensitized, and the persistent pull of shortened muscles can be released. When competently performed, IMS and Gunn IMS therapy has a remarkable success rate, as proven by the abolition of signs and symptoms.

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Gunn IMS in Parksville-Qualicum

Oceanside Physiotherapy and Work Conditioning Center provides intramuscular stimulation therapy for clients near Parksville, BC. For specific intramuscular pain treatment options and information, our therapists are here to help you feel better.

To learn more about Gunn IMS and what it entails, please view the videos provided by the UBC Gunn IMS Program.

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