What is it?
Your physical therapist will use thin filiform needles to penetrate the skin and into the underlying muscle and myofascial trigger point. This stimulation of the trigger point can assist in relaxing the muscle and reduce pain. Trigger points are areas of tight bands in the skeletal muscle and can be tender and warm to touch.
Myofascial pain can occur in any part of the body including the low back, neck, shoulder, hip, and knee, to name a few, and can be a nuisance for a long time. Chronic myofascial pain, or pain that occurs in the musculoskeletal system that has plagued you for longer than three to six months, often defies typical treatments. Medications, shots, and common practice physical therapy will offer temporary relief, but overall the pain continues. If this sounds familiar to you, we may have an answer. Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), also known as Dry Needling, offers a comprehensive and alternative system for diagnosis and treatment of this stubborn breed of pain.
IMS's needle technique is derived from scientific research of anatomy and neurophysiology. Our trained physical therapists will evaluate your unique symptoms and through specific needle placement, will work to resolve the root of your chronic pain. Remarkable improvements have been seen with common diagnoses such as: