Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS): The Physiotherapist’s Approach to Pain Management at Union Health and Performance

Pain doesn’t have to be a constant companion, and at Union Health and Performance in Squamish, our physiotherapists are turning to Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) to change the narrative for our clients. This blog post will illuminate what IMS is and how our physiotherapists are using it to revolutionize pain management.

Decoding IMS: A Physiotherapist’s Tool

Intramuscular Stimulation, or IMS, is a form of therapy that our physiotherapists use to alleviate chronic musculoskeletal pain that doesn’t respond to conventional treatment. It involves the insertion of fine, acupuncture-type needles directly into areas of the muscles where tension and pain persist.

The Mechanism of IMS

IMS is based on the principles of Western medicine and is supported by studies in neuropathic pain. It targets dysfunctional muscles that have contracted and become shortened due to distress signals sent to the nervous system. These shortened muscles can compress and irritate the nerves.

The Application of IMS by Physiotherapists

Our physiotherapists at Union Health and Performance are skilled in identifying the muscle bands that are likely contributing to pain. They apply IMS with precision to:

  • Release muscle shortening
  • Desensitize supersensitive areas
  • Promote healing in the soft tissues
  • Restore the normal function of the muscles

The Benefits of IMS in Physiotherapy

IMS is not a standalone treatment; it’s part of a comprehensive physiotherapy program that may include:

  • Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques to mobilize joints and soft tissues.
  • Exercise Programs: Customized exercises to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility.
  • Patient Education: Information on posture, ergonomics, and self-care to prevent future pain episodes.

Conditions Addressed by Physiotherapists Using IMS

Our physiotherapists have successfully used IMS to treat a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Overuse injuries
  • Spinal problems
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Sports injuries

The Expertise at Union Health and Performance

At Union Health and Performance, our physiotherapists are not just practitioners of IMS; they are advocates for a pain-free life. They undergo rigorous training to master this technique and are dedicated to providing personalized care that addresses the unique pain points of each client.


IMS represents a significant advancement in the field of physiotherapy, and at Union Health and Performance, it’s one of the many tools our physiotherapists use to help clients overcome chronic pain. If you’re in Squamish and seeking relief, let our physiotherapists guide you through a tailored IMS program designed for your recovery and long-term well-being.