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Acupuncture was first discovered over 5000 years ago in Asia and is one of the oldest analgesic (pain relieving) methods in the world. Acupuncture modulates your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) by stimulating body nerves. This stimulation is done with the use of very fine needles which are inserted into precise anatomical locations. This helps to relax the local muscles, and stimulates the release of natural pain killers and anti-inflammatories in your body such as endorphins and serotonin. Research has shown excellent long lasting benefits.
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) was first described by Dr. Chan Gunn MD in the 1970’s. He developed a total system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes (chronic pain conditions that occur in the musculoskeletal system when there is no obvious sign of injury or inflammation). IMS is grounded in Western Medical Science, and has a solid foundation in its radiculopathic (pinched or irritated nerve) model of pain. The treatment, which utilizes acupuncture designed to penetrate deep within muscle tissue, specifically targets injured muscles that have contracted and become shortened from distress.
IMS is comparable in some ways to acupuncture; however, there are a number of important differences. IMS requires an examination focused on the physical and functional aspects of the condition. Needle insertions are indicated by physical signs and not according to predefined meridians and the patient usually sees subjective and objective effects immediately following the appointment.