Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), Dry Needling, Functional Dry Needling (FDN)


Dry needling/IMS/Functional Dry Needling helps to improve circulation, produce body’s own painkillers, cause changes in the nervous and muscular structures, reduce inflammation, improve healing.

Dry Needling Dry needling has evolved from traditional Chinese acupuncture but it differs from it in regards to the techniques and the purpose. Dry needling involves use of acupuncture needles to penetrate through skin, soft tissue and many times it is targeted towards trigger points or tights bands of muscles to reduce pain and to reduce tightness in the affected structure.

IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) The evolution of Intramuscular Stimulation(IMS) and dry needling has happened from traditional Chinese acupuncture, where acupuncture needles are used to target specific areas of the muscles which are injured, tightened or has become weak. IMS is based on the understanding that tightness and shortness in the muscles are the origin of pain in lot of the musculoskeletal conditions. IMS works on the premise that the injuries cause irritation of the nervous structures and can irritate nerves which can cause pain. IMS works on these nervous structures to cause the production of pain-relieving substances in the body to reduce pain.

Dry needling

What to expect from IMS/Dry needling/Functional Dry needling treatment These are not painful treatments but you may feel some discomfort. Majority of people are able to tolerate this treatment well. Our physiotherapists are highly experienced in these techniques and they always make sure that your treatments are not painful. Each person may respond differently to this treatment and that is why your physiotherapist always starts with few needles in the beginning to see your response and proceed as per your tolerance. You may feel some cramping in the muscles for a moment and some people may feel some soreness for up to 24-48 hours after the treatment. The soreness shows that your tissues are responding.

Conditions treated Rotator Cuff injuries, Osteoarthritis of Hip and Knee, Patellofemoral pain syndrome, Tennis Elbow, Golfers elbow, Muscles strains, Ligament injuries, Headaches, Neck and back pain, Low back pain, Muscles tightness and tension, Shin splints, Fibromyalgia, Sciatica, Tendinitis, Tendinopathy, Tendinosis


  1. Do I need my doctor’s referral?
    No. Doctor’s referral is not necessary. If your physiotherapist encounters something which might need the doctor’s opinion then your physiotherapist will refer you to the doctor.
  2. How many sessions I would need?
    Every person’s body and nature of injury is different and which dictates the treatment plan. Our experienced professionals devise a very effective and efficient treatment plan where the goal is to quickly return to the pre-injury activities.