Intramuscular Stimulation for Tendonitis

Do you suffer from chronic pain due to patellar, achilles or shoulder tendonitis?  Have you sought out every remedy available to cure your symptoms of tendonitis with no relief?  IMS or Intramuscular Stimulation may be just for you!

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How IMS Differs from Accupuncture:

Both use very slim, low profile needles and both are used by physiotherapists as part of a  comprehensive approach to managing pain and injury.

IMS was designed specifically to help in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain stemming from a neuropathic origin.

In many injuries that persist for more than a few weeks or months despite a lack of major tissue damage, there will be an underlying micro-irritation of the nerve pathway supplying that tissue.  If this irritation of the nerve or nerve root persists, the muscle and other tissues supplied by that nerve pathway will become hypersensitive and lead to what would normally be harmless or innocent nerve signals being exaggerated and perceived as painful ones.

In response, the body tries to protect itself—typically by over-contracting the involved muscular structures, creating so-called muscular spasms or trigger points.

So whereas an acupuncture needle is placed along meridians defined according to Eastern Medicine principles, an IMS needle will be placed directly in the area of muscle contracture….More at Physio: Difference between acupuncture and intramuscular stimulation – Kelowna Capital News

If you have sustained an injury with chronic pain and have endured it over a long period of time, you more than likely will have some sort of neuropathy.  The tendons in your joints will not contract and relax properly which produces signficant pain when the muscles are in use.  This could, over time, cause early degenerative diseases such as tendonitis or arthritis if too much wear and teare is placed on the joints and tendons in the body.

How Does IMS Help?

When an IMS needle is placed in the “epicenter” of irritated, taut muscle bands, the injured muscles will grab onto the needle producing reflex relaxation, a small injury that stimulates blood flow and healing, and an electrical potential in the muscle, which helps the nerve to function normally once again.

If a muscle is functioning normally, without underlying nerve irritation, the muscle spindles will not grab on to the needle, meaning that IMS can also be used to help in the diagnosis of this form of chronic pain, as well as its treatment…More at Physio: Difference between acupuncture and intramuscular stimulation – Kelowna Capital News