Dry Needling/IMS Physiotherapy

Understanding Dry Needling/IMS: A Modern Approach to Pain Relief

Have you ever heard of dry needling or Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) and wondered what they are all about? If you suffer from muscle pain or tightness, these techniques could be the key to finding relief. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of dry needling/IMS, exploring what they are, how they work, and the benefits they can offer. Let’s learn more about dry needling and IMS.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling physiotherapy is a technique that has become increasingly popular among patients experiencing pain and muscle tension. This treatment involves inserting thin needles into trigger points, or areas of tight muscle fibers, to alleviate pain and promote relaxation. Patients often find this treatment to be effective and relatively painless, though it is important to seek out a trained and qualified physiotherapy to ensure safety.

Dry needling is different from Acupuncture as dry needing physiotherapy that targets trigger points and taut muscle bands, which are areas of muscle that are often causing pain or discomfort. There is no medication used in this technique and its mainly insertion of a sterile monofilament needle. 

What Is GUNN Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)?

GUNN Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a form of dry needling developed by Dr. Chan Gunn to treat chronic pain conditions such as myofascial pain syndrome. IMS involves inserting needles into trigger points within muscles to stimulate the nervous system and release tension. By targeting these sensitive areas, IMS can help reset dysfunctional muscle patterns, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain. Many patients report significant improvements in their symptoms after just a few sessions of IMS therapy.

Benefits of Dry needling/ GUNN IMS

Improved range of motion

Dry needling, an innovative technique involving the insertion of tiny needles into the body’s trigger points, can significantly improve flexibility, reduce pain, and enhance mobility by releasing muscle tension. Dry Needling has grown in popularity among patients and individuals seeking relief from muscle tension and restricted movement. 

Muscle pain and tension

Dry needling, a non-invasive treatment using thin needles to release muscle knots, offers immediate pain relief and improved mobility for those suffering from debilitating muscle pain. Despite sounding intimidating, most people find Dry Needling relaxing and effective in restoring muscle function.

Dry needling is a part of physiotherapy treatment that helps various conditions like headaches, back pain and sports injuries.

Improved chronic conditions

Dry needling offers a minimally invasive solution for those battling chronic conditions like headaches, neck and back pain. It promotes blood flow and triggers the release of natural painkillers for long-term relief, providing an alternative to relying solely on medication for symptom management.

What conditions treated by Dry Needling?

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome
  • Chronic ongoing pain or tension
  • Muscle pain and dysfunction
  • Muscle tightness
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Knee pain
  • General pain and stiffness

What are the similarities between Dry needling and GUNN IMS?

Both Dry needling and GUNN IMS use needle insertion into the body to target trigger points or dysfunctional muscles. Both techniques are based on the idea that a muscle that is not functioning properly can cause pain and discomfort elsewhere in the body. Lastly, both treatments are invasive and require certified physiotherapists that can administer needles safely.

Thus, to create a customized treatment plan for you, your physiotherapist will assess your condition, symptoms, and medical history beforehand.

Why choose North Vancouver Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic for Dry Needling/GUNN IMS?

When it comes to finding a reliable clinic for dry needling or IMS, North Vancouver Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic stands out from the crowd. With a team of highly experienced and knowledgeable Physiotherapists, this clinic ensures that patients receive high-quality care that is tailored to their unique needs. Whether you’re an athlete looking to improve your performance or simply seeking relief from pain and discomfort, North Vancouver Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic has the expertise and technology to help you achieve your goals. By choosing this clinic, you can trust that you’re in good hands and on the road to recovery.

Also, North Vancouver Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic is the best rated clinic in North Vancouver. We have 24/7 online booking system and have same day dry needing physiotherapy and IMS appointment available. You can also call us to book the online appointment.


  • What should you avoid after dry needling?

Dry needling is an effective technique for easing pain and muscle tension, but it’s crucial to avoid intense physical activity, alcohol, caffeine, and applying heat to the treated area for at least 24 hours post-treatment to ensure optimal healing. If any unexpected symptoms arise, consulting with your physio therapist is essential.

  • Who should not get dry needling?

Dry needling is a beneficial treatment for chronic pain and muscular issues, but it’s not suitable for everyone, including those with weakened immune systems, blood clotting disorders, pregnant individuals, or those with a fear of needles. Always consult your healthcare provider to assess if it’s the right option for you or if alternatives are recommended.

  • What does dry needling do?

Dry needling, a popular technique among athletes for relieving muscle pain, involves inserting a thin needle into muscle trigger points to release tension and knots, speeding up recovery. Despite sounding intimidating, many find it an effective alternative for ongoing muscle pain.

About Khush Baldawa, Reg. P.T.

Khush Baldawa is a licensed physiotherapist with over a decade of experience in USA and Canada. She has worked in many settings, from Critical Care to private clinics and rehab facilities. Khush is a lifelong learner and is skilled in treating conditions that affect musculoskeletal and neurological system. Her clinical interest lies in treating clients who are in pain, postural problems, movement difficulties, post-surgical, post-injury, vestibular rehab, TMJ, dry needling and more. Khush enjoys learning about activities that interest her client. She partners with them in developing their exercise program, educating them, and taking time to figure out what works for them.