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IMS and Dry Needling Physiotherapy in Okotoks, AB

Certified therapists employ treatments like dry needling and IMS to aid in decreasing the intensity of muscular and/or neuropathic pain that patients are experiencing.

The purpose of the physiotherapy is to induce a neurophysiological shift in the muscles that, as a result of the compression they are experiencing, may be causing damage to the adjacent tissues and structures such as nerves, tendons, and joints. 

In order to bring about the desired neurophysiological shift or "reset," the insertion of very fine myofilament needles into a muscle is a necessary step in the IMS procedure.

The patient will report feeling a twitch reaction whenever the targeted muscle is stimulated. This reaction, known as a twitch, is often referred to as a rapid pulse or a spasm in the muscle.

What Exactly are IMS and Dry Needle physiotherapy?

In the treatment of myofascial and neuropathic pain, a method called dry needling, also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS), is a kind of acupuncture that is considered to be a subset of the acupuncture discipline.

IMS is effective because it treats the trigger points, which are bands of muscle that have been contracted and are the root cause of chronic and painful illnesses.

Healing stimulation is required in order to treat an injury sustained in the connective tissue of a muscle or group of muscles after the damage has occurred.

In order to relax and extend the tissue inside these contracted muscles, acupuncture needles are put into specific locations within the muscles.

It is necessary for the nerves and muscles of the body to operate together for there to be unrestricted movement in the body.

When nerves are irritated or injured, the muscles that are controlled by those nerves become painful and weaker. This is sometimes experienced by people who have a condition known as neuropathic pain.

We, at Dynamic Physiotherapy in Okotoks, AB, are here to offer you any assistance with Dry Needling and IMS.

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Advantages of Dry Needling

You've definitely heard of dry needling or IMS if you're currently in the process of recuperating from an injury.

If you are still on the fence about whether or not dry needling is the best physiotherapy option for you as you make your way back to health, have a look at the following four advantages it offers.

1. Increases the flow of blood:

Stiffness in the muscles is caused by trigger points, which may lead to a decrease in blood flow and, as a consequence, a depletion of oxygen supply. The area that is suffering from a lack of oxygen may experience some pain as a result.

Through the use of dry needling to deactivate trigger points in the muscle, we are able to reduce the obstruction that is placed in the way of blood flow and boost oxygenation.

2. Helps the body to repair:

When a defective muscle is punctured with a needle in order to create minute lesions, the body reacts by causing an inflammatory response in the region that has been damaged.

This is a natural technique for healing that helps restore muscular function by boosting the body's production of collagen and proteins, which in turn helps the body mend itself.

3. Reduces discomfort:

The simple process of deactivating trigger points may, in many instances, give almost instant relief from pain.

On the other hand, we work to increase muscle extensibility in order to lessen the discomfort felt in the joints and the radicular pain that radiates from them. This is accomplished by reducing the load that is placed on the joints and the nerves.

4. Enhances both the extensibility and contractility of the muscle:

By relaxing the tight bands that are present inside the muscle, one might lessen the severity of muscular spasms and increase one's range of motion. When the mechanics of the joints are improved, it is simpler to engage and activate the appropriate muscles.

If you need any assistance or want to book your appointment with a physiotherapist in Okotoks, reach out to Dynamic Physiotherapy now!

The Treatment Plan for IMS and Dry Needling

IMS physiotherapy involves targeting particular locations along the muscular bands that surround the source of the pain and the damaged segments in order to relieve knots that have formed inside the muscles.

IMS is effective in treating discomfort even in situations in which there is very little apparent evidence of tissue injury or inflammation. This is the case for a variety of chronic pain disorders, including tennis elbow, whiplash, migraines, frozen shoulder, and more.

By detecting and treating knots in the deepest muscles, regular Intramuscular Stimulation has the potential to be useful in reducing chronic pain and improving muscular function.

When a typical muscle that is fed by a healthy nerve has an IMS needle placed into it, there is very little to no pain experienced. However, if a needle is used to target a region of a muscle that is already painful and contracted, there may be cramping as well as soreness.


In many cases, patients notice an improvement almost immediately in the treated regions. Following the treatment, it is not uncommon for the patient to have a mild amount of pain for a few days.

However, this should be followed by decreased soreness, an expanded range of movement, and improved overall functionality. 

After completing the prescribed number of sessions, the majority of patients have a full recovery from their disease as well as total pain relief in the regions that were treated. Dry Needling physiotherapy Services by our experts will definitely provide you relief for long term!

Why Choose Us?

We are committed to improving the overall quality of your life. IMS or dry needling, which involves inserting very thin needles into the muscle, may help relieve tight knots. It is fully sterile, and all standard safety procedures have been taken.

The process of needling without injecting anything into the body is referred to as "dry" needling. Every single one of our very competent physiotherapists provides this treatment since they recognize that it is an effective method for reducing stress and anxiety.

Our goal is to make you feel better by reducing the tension in your muscles caused by the following:

  • Incorrect Ergonomics
  • Nerve Irritation
  • Muscle Strain
  • Poor Posture
  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Whiplash
  • Sciatica
  • Stress

Frequently Asked Questions About IMS and Dry Needling

What kind of results may I anticipate from this treatment?

Your specific treatment objectives will determine the number of needles that are utilized and where they are placed. The needle is placed into the muscle for a few centimetres at the most before being removed. The muscle that has been needled may twitch on occasion.

Intramuscular stimulation and trigger point dry needling are often used in conjunction with other therapies rather than on their own. When paired with other physiotherapy treatment modalities, needling may assist improve mobility and function in addition to treating pain.

Needling is used to relieve pain. Your physiotherapist will often evaluate your progress to determine whether or not needling is beneficial to your condition.

Is it possible to lessen the likelihood of problems occurring?

Yes, it is possible. In order to lessen the severity of the effect of complications:

  • Have a meal before your scheduled appointment.
  • Make sure you are well-rested for your scheduled visit.
  • Inform your physiotherapist of any concerns you have, including previous incidents in which you passed out after being given a needle if you have any of them.
  • Pay attention to the instructions that your physiotherapist gives you on posture and mobility before, during, and after physiotherapy.
  • Notify your physiotherapist if you are experiencing any discomfort, including but not limited to pain, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, or if you are feeling ill.
  • Notify your physiotherapist of any changes in the drugs you are taking, including those for pain relief and blood thinners.
  • Maintain open lines of communication with your physiotherapist as physiotherapy progresses. Talk to your provider about your treatment and make sure all of your questions are addressed.

Does my physiotherapy insurance cover IMS?

Yes, IMS is implemented as a part of a complete physiotherapy treatment program at Dynamic Physiotherapy Okotoks. All IMS treatments are therefore billed as a physiotherapy treatment. Dynamic Physiotherapy makes accessing your physiotherapy benefits in your private health care plan easy by offering DIRECT BILLING SERVICES. Simply bring your health care plan card to your first visit and our staff will determine if your plan is eligible for direct billing services. We currently offer direct billing services for the following insurers;

  • Alberta Blue Cross
  • Canada Life
  • Chamber of Commerce Group
  • Claim Secure
  • Cowan
  • Desjardins
  • Empire Life
  • GMS Insurance
  • Green Shield Canada
  • GroupHEALTH
  • GroupSource
  • Industrial Alliance
  • Johnson Inc
  • Johnston Group Inc
  • Manulife
  • Maximum Benefit 
  • Medavie Blue Cross
  • People Corporations
  • SSQ Insurance
  • Sun Life
  • Telus Adjudicare

You always have the option to request that your physiotherapist cease the needling physiotherapy. Dynamic Physiotherapy in Okotoks, AB and its professionals can help you through the whole process, and makes it so much easier!

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