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 help 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.
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.
IMS treatment can also play a role in improving muscle activation potential, an example of this is when muscles are weakened due to prolonged inactivity. If you are recovering from a severe injury like a broken bone and have gone several weeks to 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 in combination with a strengthening program, once you get rid of the cast
Individualized to you needs, if you have jaw pain, ankle pain, shoulder pain, back pain, elbow pain, knee pain, or pain almost anywhere else IMS treatment can be targeted just to that specific area. Sometimes it can 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. Your physiotherapist will be sure to assess and address your specific needs to create an individualized plan just for you!
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: