What is Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)? And is it the right treatment for you? 

IMS is used to treat chronic or recurring pain of the myofascial system. The myofascial system encompasses the muscles, tendons and connective tissue that interconnects all areas of the body.

When an injury occurs, the body goes about repairing the involved area. But sometimes pain continues well after the injured tissues have healed. This type of ongoing pain is described by Dr. Gunn (developer of IMS) as neuropathic (nerve-related) pain. When a nerve is not firing properly, the result can be pain in the muscles that nerve supplies.

IMS is performed by training physiotherapists or physicians. The assessment focuses on finding the muscles affected by neuropathic pain as well as the corresponding nerves. Sterile acupuncture needles are then inserted into the tight muscle bands, usually causing a twitch or ache, and then a deep relaxation of the muscle. Immediate improvement of functional movement and decrease in pain is usually achieved. This twitch also stimulates the re-setting of the nerve, and normalizes the electrical input to the muscle.

If you have ongoing pain in your muscles, or an injury that keeps recurring, come see Sacha Lay PT at Endurance on 8th Health Centre to find out if IMS is right for you!


Endurance x Gym Playlists

Have you ever tried working out to a slow beat? Some smooth jazz or even mo'town? It. just. does. not. work. 

Plain and simple, the science behind working out to music is trying to keep a good tempo. Constantly trying to keep yourself at a good pace and motivated throughout the sets and reps, no matter how difficult they are. 

What is good/proper music to work out to? Any music that ranges from 120 bpm < x. This have been proven to be the most effective beats per minute to help people with their workouts. 

Not only is picking the right type of music to workout to important, but the oder you put them in as well. Starting with a good upbeat tempo can help jump start your workout and get you ready to get your pump on. While on the treadmill, have a kick ass song finish off your run can help you forget the last, however many, meters your have left. 

Don't believe us? Watch ASAPSCIENCE as they explain to you how music can improve your athletic performance.

In a rut? 

Here at endurance we would like to share our current favorite workout mixes. 

If you don't like to constantly download music, there are tons of free apps that can help you out.

Currently listening to: 

Sonza Playlists 

1. Low rise Jeans and Baby Tees

2. A Cruise on the S.S Pharrell

3. Featuring Nicky Minaj


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Gunn IMS Treatments Now Available at Endurance on 8th Health Centre!

What is Gunn IMS?

Supersensitivity and muscle shortening cannot be operated on and ‘cut away,’ while ‘painkillers’ and other analgesic pills only mask the pain (often poorly) and promote toxicity, compounding the problem. Neuropathy only responds to a physical input of energy.

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a total system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes (chronic pain conditions that occur in the musculoskeletal system when there is no obvious sign of injury or inflammation). IMS is grounded in Western Medical Science, and has a solid foundation in its radiculopathic model of pain, which is now supported by many experts in the field. It was developed by Dr. Chan Gunn while he was a physician at the Worker’s Compensation Board of British Columbia in the 70′s, where he investigated the large number of mysteriously stubborn cases after frustration with the ineffective modalities at his disposal. The treatment, which utilizes acupuncture needles because they are the thinnest implements available that are designed to penetrate deep within muscle tissue, specifically targets injured muscles that have contracted and become shortened from distress.


IMS relies heavily on a thorough physical examination of the patient by a competent practitioner, trained to recognize the physical signs of neuropathic pain. This physical examination is indispensable since chronic pain is often neurological as opposed to structural, and therefore, invisible to expensive X-rays, MRI Tests, Bone and CT Scans. Failure to recognize these signs will result in an inaccurate diagnosis, and thus, a poor starting point for physical therapy.

The treatment involves dry needling of affected areas of the body without injecting any substance. The needle sites can be at the epicenter of taut, tender muscle bands, or they can be near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated and supersensitive. Penetration of a normal muscle is painless; however, a shortened, supersensitive muscle will ‘grasp’ the needle in what can be described as a cramping sensation. The result is threefold. One, a stretch receptor in the muscle is stimulated, producing a reflex relaxation (lengthening). Two, the needle also causes a small injury that draws blood to the area, initiating the natural healing process. Three, the treatment creates an electrical potential in the muscle to make the nerve function normally again. The needle used in IMS, by stimulating muscle spindles, essentially becomes a specific and unique tool for the diagnosis of Neuropathic Muscle Pain.

The goal of treatment is to release muscle shortening, which presses on and irritates the nerve. Supersensitive areas can be desensitized, and the persistent pull of shortened muscles can be released. IMS is very effective for releasing shortened muscles under contracture, thereby causing mechanical pain from muscle pull. IMS, in effect, treats the underlying neuropathic condition that causes the pain. When competently performed, IMS has a remarkable success rate, as proven by the amelioration of symptoms and signs, even for chronic back pain with root signs.

IMS is comparable in some ways to acupuncture; however, there are a number of important differences. IMS requires a medical examination and diagnosis by a practitioner knowledgable in anatomy, needles insertions are indicated by physical signs and not according to predefined, non-scientific meridians, while subjective and objective effects are usually experienced immediately.

We are excited to announce that Gunn IMS will be available at Endurance on 8th Health Centre effective February 2014!

Click "here" for more information and to schedule your appointment today!




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