Health Column: What is GunnIMS?

by Andrea Eberhardt
Morinville Physical Therapy & Sports Injury Clinic

What is GunnIMS?

GunnIMS is a system for the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions involving both muscle and / or nerve. IMS involves the use of acupuncture needles that are inserted into tight muscles potentially at both the site of pain as well as related muscles along the spine. GunnIMS is grounded in Western medical science and is a specialized treatment that only practitioners with extensive experience can learn and apply.

What Can I expect from a GunnIMS Assessment and Treatment?What Conditions Can GunnIMS Treat?

GunnIMS can treat a variety of conditions including muscle strains, tendon injuries, nerve injuries, joint sprains and degenerative conditions of the spine as well as degenerative conditions in the joints of the arms and legs. Your therapist will do a thorough examination to determine if your problem is appropriate for IMS treatment or will adequately be treated using other physical therapy techniques.

How often will I be treated?

Typically GunnIMS treatments are once every five to seven days. The number of treatments depends on the amount of time you have been dealing with your condition and the sensitivity of your muscles and nerves.

Is GunnIMS the same as acupuncture?

GunnIMS does involve the use of acupuncture needles, but it is not the same as acupuncture. Acupuncture is based in traditional Chinese medicine whereas GunnIMS is a Western medical technique. GunnIMS is not the same as “dry needling” and involves medical examination and diagnosis by a practitioner trained within the GunnIMS paradigm.

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