Dry needling, also known as Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), is a specialized technique used to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. It involves the insertion of thin, sterile needles into specific trigger points within muscles, tendons, ligaments, or fascia.

During a dry needling session, the practitioner identifies areas of muscle tightness, knots, or areas of increased muscle tension, known as trigger points. These trigger points can cause pain and restricted movement. By inserting a fine needle into these trigger points, the practitioner aims to release tension and promote healing.

Gunn IMS targets trigger points to elicit a “twitch response,” which is a brief contraction followed by relaxation of the muscle. This helps to release tightness and improve blood flow to the affected area, facilitating the body’s natural healing process.

This treatment can be effective for various musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Chronic pain syndromes
  • Sports injuries
  • Neck and back pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Tendonitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint pain and stiffness

Many patients experience immediate relief or improvement in symptoms following treatment. However, individual responses may vary, and multiple sessions may be needed to achieve optimal results.

If you’re experiencing musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction, dry needling (Gunn IMS) may be a valuable addition to your treatment plan. Contact us to schedule a consultation and learn more about how dry needling can help you achieve relief and improve your quality of life.