IMS, like acupuncture, uses fine stainless steel needles into specific points on the body, but that is one of the only similarities between the two treatment modalities. It is a dry needling technique (meaning that no fluid is injected via the needles) to treat pain and muscle tension. The needles release trigger points in the muscles and may help to decrease pain and improve function.
Though IMS can somewhat uncomfortable, the discomfort usually doesn’t last long. In BC physiotherapists who treat using dry needling have undergone extensive post-graduate training and be registered an an IMS practitioner with the College of Physical Therapists of BC.
There is no surcharge for IMS / dry needling.