Broadly speaking, IMS treatment can be a very effective method for treating pain in your muscles, joints, and tendons, especially when the communication between the nerves and the muscles are part of the problem.
If you have tension in your muscles, tightness, or soreness that refuses to go away and seems to linger or even get worse when you’re just trying to go about your day, IMS therapy may be the fastest way to correct the problem. Getting help from a physiotherapist trained in IMS treatment and in how to assess these issues will help you determine your best course of action.
One reason you want to see a trained specialist is because neuropathic pain does not show up on CT scans, x-rays, or MRIs. When the issue causing your pain is the communication between the nerves and the muscles, IMS therapy may offer your best chance at fast relief.
Failure to consider intramuscular stimulation as a treatment option can lead to excessive costs and failed efforts to relieve pain using other means that won’t work because they aren’t addressing the root cause – if that cause is neuropathy. Again, only a trained specialist can accurately diagnose this.
IMS treatment can also play a key role in improving muscle strength, such as when muscles are weakened due to prolonged inactivity. For instance, if you are recovering from a severe injury like a broken bone and have gone several months with a cast, unable to use the muscles surrounding the injured area, IMS physiotherapy can help you rebuild the strength of these muscles and tendons once you get rid of the cast.
One of the best things about IMS treatment is that it is completely adaptable to your needs. This is one key difference between IMS treatment and acupuncture as we’ll see in a bit. If you have jaw pain, ankle pain, shoulder pain, back pain, elbow pain, knee pain, or pain almost anywhere else caused by nerve or muscle damage of the sort we’ve been describing, IMS treatment can be targeted just to that area.
And, it can also be used on the surrounding areas. Often, the ‘compensating muscles’ nearby the site of pain will play a key role in strengthening the injured area. Treating these muscles can lead to faster and more permanent pain relief.
IMS treatment has been used with great success to treat conditions such as:
- Deep tissue pain – when pain feels under the surface, deep in the muscles
- Chronic low back pain
- Tennis elbow
- Injuries from car accidents or the workplace
Read the caption on this post by Infinity Physio Centre to learn more about how IMS works: