Acupuncture, Dry Needling, & IMS

Different Approaches for Different Problems

The use of needling has become an essential part of contemporary pain management practice.  Modern science has firmly established the connection that the biological and psychological systems have on pain and bodily dysfunction. A blending of Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment approaches are helping physiotherapists to treat all aspects of the person in front of them. 

At Coeur Physiotherapy we pride ourselves in having the right approach for the right patient at the right time.  Our therapists have taken extensive training in a variety of needling approaches to help our patients best.


acupunctureThe practice of acupuncture has its origin in Traditional Chinese Medicine which aims to stimulate and balance the flow of energy or qi in the body to restore health and wellness.  Western approaches to acupuncture apply these traditional theories to a medical model for certain conditions. Our therapists are trained in both Western and traditional acupuncture techniques which help to reduce pain, increase energy, improve mood, and improve the function of the body. 

Trigger Point Dry Needling

dry-needlingMuscular dysfunction is one of the most overlooked causes of acute and chronic pain.  Hypersensitive regions in tight and injured muscles known as trigger points can be both the primary cause of an issue or can occur secondary to other conditions such as osteoarthritis or whiplash. Trigger point needling has become an essential tool in the treatment of muscle dysfunction and the management of many painful conditions.  This technique uses an acupuncture needle to cause an immediate release and relaxation of a muscle leading to reduced pain, reduced stiffness, and increased function.

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

imsThe health and function of our nerves and nervous system is an often ignored component in the management of chronic pain conditions.  IMS is an assessment and treatment method that focuses on desensitizing neuropathic pain, which is often an underlying cause of long-standing pain disorders. Particular muscles are gently stimulated with an acupuncture needle, creating a relaxation effect that helps to restore the function of the related nerve leading to decreased pain and sensitivity.

All needling approaches are most effective when applied as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that is developed by your physiotherapist.  Ask us about how acupuncture, trigger point needling, or intramuscular stimulation could help you!

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