Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)
What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling, also referred to as Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), is a technique used to reduce muscle tension and quickly and effectively treat muscular pain. To do this, a thin, sterile needle is inserted through the skin into specific areas within a tight muscle known as trigger points.
A trigger point is a taut, wound up knot within a muscle. These can sometimes be easily identified as they can be tender to the touch. By gently stimulating these areas with the needle, they can be released in order to relieve pain, decrease muscle tension, increase flexibility, and improve range of motion.