Intramuscual Stimulation (IMS) is a total system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes, that is, chronic pain conditions that occur in the musculoskeletal system when there is no obvious sign of injury of inflammation.
It was developed by Dr. Gunn while he was a physician at the Worker’s Compensation Board of British Columbia in the 1970s.
The treatment, which utilizes acupuncture needles because they’re the thinnest implements available that are designed to penetrate deep within muscle tissue, specifically target injured muscles that have contracted and become shorter from distress.
The goal of treatment is to release muscle shortening, which presses on and irritates the nerve. It has a remarkable success rate, as proven by the alleviation of symptoms and signs, even for chronic back pain with root signs.