Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) are treatment techniques used to help relax tight bands of muscle that result from altered functioning. IMS and TDN use acupuncture-type needles to release these abnormal bands in the muscle. The treatment involves needling the affected areas of the body without injecting any substance. The needling sites can be at the epicenter of the tight muscle bands or near the spine where the nerve root may become irritated.

IMS/TDN is different than acupuncture. Both use the same type of needle. However, acupuncture points are based on specific locations along predefined meridians. IMS/TDN needles are inserted at locations based on pain patterns, muscular dysfunction and other orthopedic signs and symptoms. Also with acupuncture, the needles are inserted for an interval of 15 minutes or longer and are often not felt in place.

When the muscle is stimulated using IMS or TDN, a cramping sensation is the desired effect but the needle is only in the muscle for a few seconds.

If you have questions about IMS and TDN, and whether it’s the right treatment modality for you, please contact the clinic at 613-520-3511.