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Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) / Dry Needling: The CORE Wellness Solution to Chronic Pain Management

Intramuscular stimulation (ims) / dry needling

In a world where chronic pain increasingly affects our quality of life, innovative approaches to pain management have become essential. CORE Wellness, a leader in holistic health services, now offers an effective technique known as Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) / Dry Needling, a breakthrough in the treatment of chronic pain associated with muscles, tendons, connective tissues, and joints.

Understanding IMS / Dry Needling

IMS, or Intramuscular Stimulation, is a therapeutic procedure that specifically targets chronic pain caused by nerve damage, injuries, or dysfunction. The technique involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into tight muscles. Unlike traditional acupuncture, which is based on traditional Chinese medicine, IMS is rooted in Western medical principles, particularly the understanding of the muscular and nervous systems.

The Mechanism Behind IMS

When a needle is inserted into a tight muscle, it triggers a reflex response that helps the muscle to relax. This relaxation of the muscle can alleviate joint pressure, reduce pain and inflammation, and promote healing. The needles used in IMS are similar to those used in acupuncture but are targeted more precisely at the source of pain.

Who Can Benefit from IMS?

IMS is particularly beneficial for individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions that have not responded well to other treatments. Conditions such as myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, spinal disc problems, and tension headaches are some examples where IMS can be particularly effective.

The CORE Wellness Approach

At CORE Wellness, our approach to IMS/Dry Needling is holistic and patient-centered. Our certified practitioners are highly trained in the technique, ensuring a safe and effective treatment experience.

Consultation and Assessment

Every treatment journey at CORE Wellness begins with a thorough consultation and physical assessment. This allows our practitioners to understand the root causes of your pain and tailor the IMS treatment to your specific needs.

The Treatment Process

During the treatment, needles are gently inserted into specific points on the body. While some patients may feel a slight twitch or cramp as the muscle responds to the needle, the procedure is generally not painful. Most treatments last between 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the condition being treated.

Follow-Up and Integrated Care

Following the IMS session, patients may experience immediate relief or notice a gradual improvement over a series of treatments. Our practitioners provide guidance on follow-up care, which may include exercises, lifestyle modifications, and other supportive therapies to enhance the benefits of IMS.

The Benefits of IMS / Dry Needling

  • Pain Relief: IMS can provide significant relief from chronic pain, improving mobility and quality of life.
  • Reduced Inflammation: By relaxing the muscles, IMS can reduce inflammation in the affected areas.
  • Improved Mobility: As pain and tension are relieved, patients often experience improved range of motion and mobility.
  • Holistic Treatment: IMS is a drug-free, non-invasive treatment that fits well within a holistic approach to health and wellness.


In conclusion, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) or Dry Needling offered by CORE Wellness presents a promising option for those struggling with chronic pain. By addressing the underlying causes of muscle and joint pain, IMS can provide long-term relief and contribute to a healthier, more active lifestyle. 

If you are experiencing chronic pain, consider IMS as a pathway to recovery and wellbeing, contact us and book today. https://corewellnessandchiropractic.janeapp.com/#/physiotherapy