Dry needling (IMS) at Progress Health Physiotherapy in Leduc AB.

Dry needling (IMS) at Progress Health Physiotherapy  in Leduc we are trained physiotherapists that use dry needling, a specialized technique, to target muscular trigger points and relieve pain and tension actively. In this article we will explore the benefits and key points of Dry needling (IMS).

What is Dry Needling (IMS)?

Dry Needling (IMS) employs fine, sterile needles to target tight bands of muscle fibers known as trigger points. These trigger points, causing referred pain and limited movement, experience a local twitch response, facilitating the release of muscle tension and addressing pain and dysfunction. Unlike acupuncture which is based on traditional Chinese medicine and aims to balance the body’s energy flow. Dry needling focuses specifically on resolving muscular issues.

Benefits of Dry Needling (IMS):

Pain Relief: One of the primary benefits of Dry needling is its ability to provide rapid pain relief by releasing muscle tension and deactivating trigger points this technique can significantly reduce pain in the targeted area leading to improved mobility and function.

Improved Muscle Function: Dry needling promotes improved muscle function by releasing tight knots, restoring proper muscle length and flexibility. This can enhance muscle strength, coordination and overall movement patterns.

Accelerated Healing: The microtrauma caused by the insertion of needles stimulates the body’s natural healing response. As a result dry needling can accelerate the healing process in injured or strained muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Complements Other Treatments: Physiotherapy treatments like manual therapy, exercise therapy, and electrotherapy often accompany dry needling to enhance its effectiveness. Its integration into a comprehensive treatment plan can enhance overall outcomes and improve patient recovery.

Minimally Invasive: Dry needling is a minimally invasive procedure and the needles used are very fine and barely felt during insertion. Patients typically experience minimal discomfort during the treatment.

Long-Lasting Results: In many cases, Dry needling can provide long-lasting relief from chronic musculoskeletal pain by addressing the underlying trigger points and muscle imbalances, it can prevent pain from recurring.

Key Points of Dry Needling (IMS):

Targeted Muscle Release:

Dry needling targets specific trigger points in the muscles that are causing pain and dysfunction by releasing these tight bands, the physiotherapist can achieve precise muscle relaxation and pain relief.

Individualized Treatment:Each patient possesses a unique condition, and dry needling adapts to their specific needs and goals. A qualified physiotherapist designs the treatment plan after a comprehensive assessment.

Safe and Sterile Procedure: Progress Health Physiotherapy’s skilled physiotherapists expertly utilize sterile disposable needles for safe and infection-free Dry Needling, following rigorous hygiene protocols to ensure patient well-being.

Comprehensive Assessment: Before recommending Dry needling our physiotherapist perform a comprehensive assessment to determine if the treatment is suitable for the patient’s condition. Other factors such as medical history and current medications are also considered.

Post-Treatment Care:  After Dry needling patients are provided with post-treatment care instructions this may include advice on rest, ice, and exercises to optimize the benefits of the procedure and support the healing process.

Evidence-Based Practice: Dry needling (IMS) is based on evidence-based practices. Our physiotherapists stay updated with the latest research and advancements in the field to deliver the most effective and safe treatments.


Dry needling (IMS) offers a valuable and effective option for individuals seeking relief from muscular pain and dysfunction with its focus on targeted muscle release, pain relief and improved muscle function. Dry needling can significantly enhance patient outcomes and quality of life as a minimally invasive and evidence-based treatment and complements other physiotherapy interventions and provides long-lasting results. If you are experiencing musculoskeletal pain or tension dry needling could be the solution to help you achieve lasting relief and improved well-being.