Gunn IMS - A muscle reset technique to supplement your training
Try IMS to relive muscle pain caused either from consistent hard training at the gym, degenerative disc disease (back or neck pain), or old injuries where nothing else seemed to work.
Gunn IMS (intramuscular stimulation) is a treatment where an acupuncture needle is inserted into a muscle to release tight bands of muscle tissue- usually as the result of altered nerve function from a nerve exiting the spine. 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 – or chronic muscle pain.
The goal of treatment is to release muscle shortening, which presses on and irritates the nerve. Super-sensitive 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. When a muscle is under constant tension or strain, it alters the recruitment pattern of that muscle- by resetting the muscle length we can achieve maximal contraction of the muscle, thereby achieving max gains when applying a training stimulus.
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