IMS (Intra-Muscular Stimulation) is a form of medical acupuncture or “dry needling” in which a needle is used (without injected medicine) to release the muscle tightness that is associated with many types of pain. It is often used when other methods have failed.
Developed in Canada in the 1970s it combines some of the traditional Chinese methods with modern medical knowledge to produce a safe but effective treatment.
Osteopathy, with its emphasis on anatomical knowledge and hands-on skill in the detection of musculo-skeletal problems combines brilliantly with IMS, particularly for the relief of long-term pain. It is commonly used in Chronic Back Pain, Neck Ache, Sciatica, Spondylosis, Tennis Elbow and Shoulder Problems. Sports injuries such as Knee Pain and Hand Injuries are also often improved. It can be used where manipulation is inappropriate such as in the elderly and osteoporosis sufferers.
There are some circumstances where IMS cannot be used. David Jones is able to advise on this issue.