IMS/DRY Needling

Safe and effective trigger point release

What is IMS/DRY Needling?

IMS is an invasive technique, carried out by IMS-certified Physiotherapists, where needles are used to access trigger points commonly seen in myofascial pain syndromes. When muscles are chronically tense or overused, they become taut or contracted. Following a thorough assessment, the needle is inserted into the muscle to enable relaxation and therefore facilitate healing.

It is a highly effective technique for the treatment of chronic pain, I.e., lasting more than 6 weeks.

It is used for musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain syndromes including but not limited to Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Fibromyalgia, Tennis elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and whiplash injuries.

We offer Functional Dry needling (FDN), anatomical acupuncture, and Chan Gunn IMS (CGIMS).

What to expect from your Revere Physiotherapy experience?

During your visit, your physiotherapist will use their clinical reasoning skills to identify the correct muscles to needle.  What you should expect through the process:

  • Parts of skin around trigger points will need to be exposed for the procedure
  • Disinfection protocol will be carried out by the physiotherapist.
  • The therapist will use a single-use dry needle to poke through the skin into the muscle in order to release tension and reset tone. This takes about 5 seconds. 
  • A prick sensation will be felt when the needle penetrates the skin and a deep ache may be felt when the needle penetrates the muscle.  The muscle may twitch during this time.
  • In one session, the physiotherapist will address up to 10 such spots depending on patient tolerance and indications.

Direct Billing

Insurance Covered & Submitted for You

Your physiotherapy is covered by most extended health insurance plans. We also direct bill your insurance company when available. Check the FAQ section below for a list of insurers who we direct bill!

Dry Needling FAQ

It is usually painless, beyond the initial and quick prick. You may also feel slight twitching which includes a dull, tingling sensation or numbness. It’s benefits far outweigh the temporary discomfort, which explains it’s ongoing popularity for several conditions.

Yes. Physiotherapists at Revere are certified in dry needling and therefore your sessions are covered with extended health benefits.

Soreness is the most reported side effect. It typically lasts for a few hours or up to two days. Your physiotherapist may recommend additional home remedies, such as heat or ice, to tackle continued discomfort or soreness depending on how you feel.

Most patients experience relief within the first couple of visits.

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