Cobble Hill

IMS Therapy

IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) at Thrive Now

At Thrive Now, our physiotherapists provide IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) to treat muscular pain and dysfunction. During treatment, your physiotherapist will insert thin, sterile needles into specific points within your muscles, targeting trigger points or tight bands of muscle fibers. This process aims to stimulate the muscle, leading to relaxation and relief of tension.

While it may seem like acupuncture, which is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (and also provided at Thrive Now), IMS primarily addresses physical muscular issues. 

IMS/dry needling aims to help release muscle knots, improve blood flow, and alleviate pain, contributing to overall muscle function and mobility.

Does IMS Hurt?

IMS may cause temporary discomfort as thin needles are inserted into trigger points within muscles. However, the intensity of discomfort varies, and some of our patients experience very little during treatment.

Our goal is to ensure you are as comfortable as possible, and we encourage you to tell your practitioner if you need any of your treatment adjusted!

Benefits of IMS at Thrive Now

Pain Relief

By targeting trigger points or tight knots in muscles, IMS can help reduce pain and discomfort.

Improved Range of Motion:

IMS can enhance flexibility and range of motion by releasing tension in muscles and promoting better muscle function. This can be helpful for conditions like myofascial pain syndrome or muscular tightness.

Muscle Relaxation

The insertion of thin needles into specific muscle points triggers a local twitch response. This helps to alleviate muscle spasms and reduce overall muscle tension.

Improved Circulation

IMS encourages blood flow to targeted areas, promoting improved circulation. This can then contribute to better nutrient and oxygen delivery to the muscles, aiding in their recovery.

Customized Treatment Plan

To increase effectiveness of treatment, your physiotherapist will ensure your treatment is designed based on your needs, condition, and goals.

Conditions IMS Can Address

IMS can address several concerns. This includes, but isn’t limited to:

If you live in the Cowichan Valley and are struggling with any of the above symptoms, Thrive Now is here to help you feel better. Book your assessment at Thrive Now in Duncan or Cobble Hill.
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What Our Patients Are Saying

Dira McClintock
Dira McClintock
Friendly efficient staff. Appts are on time. I’ve only dealt with Patrick for physiotherapy but he knows his stuff, is thorough, honest and kind.
Jarred van de Mortel
Jarred van de Mortel
Tim was very knowledgeable and took the time to really get to know what was going on with my injuries. Tim knew what was up with my shoulder and worked very hard to produce the results I was hoping for when I made my massage therapy appointment. I will definitely be coming back!
Cindy Wilson
Cindy Wilson
Very helpful. Zeroed in on my specific problem.
Marija Majdoub
Marija Majdoub
Tim is a first class massage therapist. Amazing work on my nagging back and neck injury.
Jonathan Steen
Jonathan Steen
Great experience with Rebecca today, very good massage therapist!
Charlotte Germaine
Charlotte Germaine
Jessica Goodwin was very knowledgable and professional. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to improve their pelvic floor health.

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