How does IMS work to Reduce Back Pain?

February 8th, 2019 | in Physiotherapy for Back Pain


With an older demographic, a significant number of people in South Surrey & White Rock experience acute or chronic back pain on a daily basis. While there are many treatment options available, many physiotherapists are now recommending Intramuscular Stimulation as a possible option.

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a treatment for any acute or chronic pain of neuropathic origin. It involves using a small acupuncture needle to target localized areas of muscles that are tight or cramped, and encourage them to relax, reducing pain.

How does IMS Work?

IMS treatment works best on areas with pain that show no sign of tissue damage or inflammation. This pain is generally caused by malfunctioning nerves which may have previously been irritated, causing them to become more sensitive resulting in exaggerated pain signals, well showing no medical signs of anything being wrong.

IMS uses small acupuncture needles that are inserted into the affected muscles. This needle causes a reflex action within the muscle, resulting in the muscle to release, relax and ease the pain. This also stimulates an increase in blood circulation to the affected area.


The frequency of IMS treatments tend to be every 1 - 2 weeks depending on how your body reacts to each treatment. The number of treatments required depends on how you respond to the treatments. Chronic problems tend to require more treatments than acute pain.

If you are looking for relief from back pain, and have tried other back pain treatment methods with little success, it might be time for IMS treatment in Surrey. Talk to your South Surrey / White Rock physiotherapist at Advanced Physio.

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