Dry needling and intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is a skilled intervention provided by physical therapists that uses a very fine filiform needle to create a healing response within the tissue to help improve pain and movement dysfunction. This technique uses a “dry” needle, meaning no use of medication, that is inserted through the skin and into the tissue being treated.
Dry needling creates a local inflammatory response immediately that helps release neurochemicals and improve blood flow to assist with healing tissues. The use of IMS combined with dry needling creates a segmental and systemic effect that can grow benefits for up to three days following treatment.
This is helpful for patients with muscle/ligament strains, tight muscles, trigger points, pain, excessive swelling, arthritis, restricted scar tissue, and/or joint dysfunction. Dry needling is helpful to reduce pain and improve function; however, it should not be a stand alone treatment. It can play an important role in the recovery process, but a multi-faceted approach is used in all recovery.
Dry needling can be performed on the neck, upper back, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, low back, hips, knees, ankles, and feet!
Dry Needling with Intramusclular Stimulation is a cash based service and not covered by insurance at this time.