Dry Needling and IMS Therapy Edmonton
Chronic pain? Recent injury? No matter how long you’ve been in pain, Dry Needling may truly transform your recovery. Physiotherapists worldwide see successful outcomes for pain sufferers, usually with just a few IMS Dry Needling treatments.
What is Dry Needling & IMS?
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and Dry Needling are interchangeable terms describing a treatment using ultra-thin needles. IMS generates localized twitch responses in overactive muscles by electrically stimulating them. This response treats neuropathic pain.
Trigger point dry needling uses super-thin, solid needles inserted into your skin and muscle to target tight knots. The needles stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscles, and connective tissues.
When connective tissues in muscle groups are injured, these targeted stimulations help correct the imbalance in muscles. Needles inserted at precise points within the shortened muscles loosen and lengthen the tissues. Nerves and muscles work together for the body to have free mobility. With inflamed or damaged nerves, the muscles that those nerves direct become weaker and sore.
How can Dry Needling in Edmonton benefit you?
Dry Needling Therapy in Edmonton treats pain associated with trigger points and tight-knotted muscles.
Many patients find relief from muscular pain and stiffness. Plus, easing trigger points improves flexibility and increases range of motion. That explains why so many athletes use dry needling for sports injuries.
Most physiotherapy recovery plans include more than one type of treatment. If your physiotherapist recommends Dry Needling & IMS in your healing journey, you will find the underlying knots untie for long-lasting relief.
Does Dry Needling hurt?
A bit of soreness or twitch response is felt by patients who undergo dry needling or IMS. This is usually minimized by applying warm packs on the site needled. Your therapist may also request that you repeat this more than once in the same day for better relief. The needles are much thinner than those used for injections because they are solid (not hollow to allow liquid to flow through.) Most patients find that they don’t even feel the insertions.
But if your muscle is particularly sore, it may twitch when the needle touches the trigger point. An IMS needle inserted into normal muscles directed by healthy nerves may not twitch. But in an area that is already sore, you may feel some cramping or tenderness. Some patients say the twitch lasts a few seconds and then eases up as the muscle relaxes.
Often, you’ll feel immediate relief from the pain, but you may find your muscles feel sore (like after a tough workout) for a day or two afterwards. If so, stay hydrated, continue your normal physical activity, but don’t overtax your muscles until you feel better.
What conditions can Dry Needling treat?
Dry Needling Physiotherapy Services in Edmonton can help you feel better if you suffer from a wide range of painful conditions. Unknot painful trigger points on your neck, back and arms. If you are a runner, you may have trigger points on your legs, too. Dry Needling helps many conditions like:
- Shoulder pain
- Knee pain
- Rotator cuff damage
- Hip and gluteal pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles’ tendonitis
- Tennis elbow
- Frozen shoulder
If your condition is not listed, ask your physiotherapist at Turning Point Physical Therapy if Dry Needling Physiotherapy Services in Edmonton will help you. IMS Dry Needling treatments can ease chronic pain and muscle dysfunction by untying even the deepest muscle knots.
What to expect at your first appointment?
Your physiotherapist will recommend a treatment frequency that suits your condition and lifestyle. Most patients start with once or twice a week, depending on how your body responds.
You may notice reduced muscle tension and more range of motion immediately after your treatment! Turning Point Physical Therapy Specializes in Dry Needling in Edmonton Dry needling is especially popular with our patients here at Turning Point Physical Therapy. We specialize in combining cost-effective Dry Needling with other Physiotherapy Services in Edmonton. This proven treatment impacts patient mobility almost immediately while treating both acute and chronic pain. Long-lasting relief and all without side effects!