IMS/Functional Dry Needling


Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) or functional dry needling (FDN) is a technique used to treat “trigger points” or irritable muscles. The term “dry needling” means our physiotherapists do not inject anything into the body. The needles used are small, solid and have a rounded tip which makes them much more comfortable than larger, hollow, sharp needles used for injections or taking blood.

IMS/FDN improves communication between the nerves and muscles, which improves muscle tension, function and pain.



The amount of needles and where they are used depends on the patient and type of injury. The needle is sterile and may be inserted only centimetres into the muscle. It is common for patients to report a local ache, muscle twitch or mild discomfort. Typically patients experience post-treatment soreness which may last for a day or two. It is important to drink lots of water and keep moving after treatment to reduce this soreness.

If you would like more information on Intramuscular stimulation or functional dry needling, contact Summit Physio in Red Deer.

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