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Acupuncture, Dry Needling and IMS

Although they might appear similar, Acupuncture, Dry Needling, and IMS differ from each other and serve distinct purposes. Continue reading below to gain a better understanding.


Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is based on the concept of balancing the flow of energy, known as "qi" or "chi," through meridians or pathways in the body.


It is used to address a wide range of conditions, including pain management, stress reduction, digestive issues, and various systemic imbalances.


Acupuncture is known for its effectiveness in reducing various types of pain, including chronic pain conditions.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique used by healthcare professionals, based on Western medicine principles. It targets myofascial trigger points—localized knots in muscles—and aims to release tension and reduce pain.


It is commonly used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, such as muscle pain, stiffness, and sports injuries. 


 It's effective for treating muscle pain, stiffness, and improving range of motion.


IMS is a form of dry needling developed by Dr. Chan Gunn. It is based on the understanding that chronic muscle pain may be caused by nerve dysfunction. Needles are inserted into tight bands of muscle (trigger points) to stimulate the healing process and alleviate pain.


A IMS is often used to treat myofascial pain syndrome and conditions where nerve irritation plays a role.


​IMS is particularly beneficial for chronic muscle pain conditions and issues related to nerve dysfunction.

Ask your therapist if these treatments would be right for you. IMS/ Dry Needling is currently only offered out of the Vernon location.

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