Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)
Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a system for diagnosis and treatment of neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is due to irritation or pressure on the nerves, and this can cause muscle shortening (trigger points) and hypersensitivity. This can present as muscle pain, joint pain, and radiating pain. This pain often persists after tissue healing has occurred and in the absence of inflammation.
A thorough assessment is needed to determine if there are components of neuropathic pain. If there are positive findings fine sterile needles are inserted into the taut muscles to decrease postural stresses and reduce irritation to the nerves.
Due to the success and popularity of Gunn IMS in recent years there has been an increase in other dry needling programs teaching IMS. Of the programs Gunn IMS is one of if not the most comprehensive, and is offered through the University of British Columbia.
To learn more about Gunn IMS please speak to a certified therapist.