Do you have a nagging back problem that is not going away? Is it hard to take care of your family because of your back? Is it making it hard to work?
Back pain is something that many of us have to deal with on a regular basis. When you have pain lasting for longer than 3 months, it is then considered to be “chronic”.
Take Rob for example. Rob was a 40 year old patient of mine working in the construction industry with 2 kids. He had chronic on and off low back pain for the past 4 years.
He had tried exercises that would help but the pain would always reappear after 3 months and put him off work for the week. He came to me and we tried IMS for his first time. He called me the next day to say he felt amazing! We did 2 more session over the next 2 weeks and he was pain free. I followed up with him 3 months later and he still had not had any back issues. He called me 1 year later to let me know he was still pain free for the longest time in over 4 years!
Why Does Fixing Your Lower Back Pain Matter?
Lower back pain, especially if the pain goes down into your leg, can really slow you down.
There can be many different causes for your injury/ symptoms. Some of these include things like:
Because of all this, you could end up spraining or straining the joints and muscles in your back. Once an injury becomes chronic, it can be really hard to get rid of it. Fixing back pain matters, and will improve your quality of life.
What Is IMS/ Dry Needling Treatment?
Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) is a technique that physiotherapists and Chiropractors, who have completed IMS or Dry Needling certification, use to release or lengthen muscles that may be causing chronic musculoskeletal or neuropathic pain. Very fine needles (the same ones used in acupuncture) are inserted directly into the affected muscle, in order to stimulate healing. This is also often referred to, or known as, “dry needling.” There is nothing injected
In simple terms, IMS uses acupuncture needles to target trigger points in muscles. These are better known as muscle “knots”. When they hit the trigger point, the muscle is released and relaxes, reducing the strain on the tissues in that area.
What Happens When You Visit Your IMS Physiotherapist/Chiropractor?
- Consultation: In your visit with your IMS physiotherapist, you will be asked questions about your pain. You may also be asked about other treatments you tried and your lifestyle.
- Exam/ Assessment: Next, your physio will have you do different tests as part of your physical examination. You will have your posture looked at, and will be asked to move around. You may be tested on your strength, flexibility, balance and coordination and neurological exam of the nerves.
- Treatment Plan: After the Assessment, the physio will develop a treatment plan with you together to best suit the issue at hand and your goals.
- Treatment: Treatment may consist of IMS, dry needling, manual therapy, soft tissue work, and exercise.
So, should I try IMS Treatment?
IMS treatment might be the answer you are looking for to help you with your pain. IMS can be used on most areas of the body and can help injuries of the neck, shoulder, arm, back, knees and ankles- from head to toe!
Try IMS and start feeling better Today!
Call 403-286-5530 to talk to a physio and see if IMS is right for you, or call and book your treatment and start to feel better today!