Orthopaedic and Sports Injuries

There are 3 important aspects of Physiotherapy: Pain Control, Recovery, and Injury Prevention. Depending on your injury or condition, the therapist can use a number of different modalities such as heat, ice, interferential current, ultrasound waves, and friction massage, to help control pain and inflammation and promote soft tissue healing. To help you fully recover from injury, the therapist will guide you through various stretches and exercises to help you re-gain function, while correcting improper posture and implementing correct body mechanics in an effort to prevent future injury.

Commonly Treated Injuries and Conditions:

Upper, Middle, and Lower Back Pain; Neck Pain
Sprains/ Strains
Shoulder: Rotator Cuff Tear, Frozen Shoulder, Dislocated Shoulder, etc
Tennis Elbow
Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome
Knee: ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL injuries, Meniscal Tears, etc
Patellar-Femoral Syndome
Plantar Fasciitis
Post Surgical/ Fracture Rehabilitation

Joint Replacement Rehabilitation

Motor Vehicle Accident Rehabilitation 


What is IMS?

IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) is a technique first developed in British Columbia by Dr. Chan Gunn that is used as an effective way to treat chronic pain of neuropathic origin. This technique blends both Western and Eastern medicine by utilizing ultra thin acupuncture needles to find, diagnose and treat muscle shortening in deep muscles and alleviate chronic pain in areas that show no signs of damage or inflammation.

How does IMS work?

Over time, muscle spasms and contractions (caused naturally, or as the result of poor stretching program) can cause muscle shortening in some people. Shortened muscles can irritate nerves, which can cause the brain to amplify pain signals. Shortened muscles can also pull on tendons which can distress joints and eventually cause tendonitis.

 After a thorough assessment, the IMS therapist will insert sterile acupuncture needles into the areas showing signs of shortening. As the needle is inserted, a slight “cramping” sensation is felt as the muscle grips the needle. The therapist will then tap the needle gently. Soon after, the muscle “releases” from its contracted position as the stretch receptor in the muscle is stimulated, producing muscle relaxation and lengthening. The presence and tapping of the needle also creates a minor “trauma” in the soft tissue which in turn kick-starts the healing process and triggers the release of pain-relieving endorphins.  Additionally, the treatment will provide the muscle with the electrical potential to allow for an oversensitive nerve to function more normally. Over time, the affected muscles return to their normal length and position, relieving the nerves and providing the patient with relief from chronic pain symptoms.

 What is the difference between IMS and traditional acupuncture?

Traditional acupuncture uses the needle to penetrate non-specific “meridians” as dictated by Chinese philosophy. IMS technique utilizes Western anatomical knowledge as well as the Physiotherapist’s assessment and diagnosis of the problem. Needles are inserted into areas recognized as being problematic during a thorough musculoskeletal assessment.
How many treatments will I need?

The number of IMS treatments will vary from person to person depending on the nature and complexity of the problem.  The time frame will also depend on other factors such as the person’s age (younger people tend to heal more quickly and thus, may require fewer treatments) and healing ability/ time. The treatments should be spaced out between 1-2 weeks, or as per the therapist’s recommendations.


IMS: Intramuscular Stimulation:

What to Expect from Physiotherapy:

Eagle Ridge Aquatic Centre Physiotherapy 

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