IMS has been proven to be effective in the treatment of chronic injuries as well as injuries which have not responded to conventional physiotherapy treatment. IMS involves an assessment of the injured area and determination of whether the pain has a neurologic source. The technique involves the insertion of a fine, flexible acupuncture needle into muscles which have become shortened due to abnormal stimulation from the nervous system. The needle causes the muscle to contract, which leads to a reciprocal relaxation and lengthening of the muscle. Nothing is injected into the tissues. Many clients find they are sore for about 24 hours following the treatment, and then report a decrease, or in some cases, complete resolution of their pain symptoms.
Conditions that may benefit from IMS treatment include:
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
- Chronic Lower Back Pain
- Whiplash injuries of the neck
- Osteoarthritis of the hip
- Frozen Shoulder
Chantelle Poon does acupuncture, while Mike Wall, Jonathan Poon, Charles To, Stefan Iorio, and Joe Brooker do IMS.
On a cold and dark November morning while riding to work my bike slid out from under me resulting in an injury to my rotator cuff. I started visiting Peter Francis two weeks later as I still could not lift my arm above my waist. He assessed my initial injuries while reviewing my overall health. Peter demonstrated that he has an extensive knowledge about the physiology of the body. After each session, I found my range of motion increased dramatically. He was able to prescribe and clearly demonstrate effective stretches and exercises I could do at home. I found Peter to be professional, knowledgeable and passionate about his job. Little does he know his new nickname is “Mr. Magic!”