Shoulder pain can severely affect you during many of your regular daily activities such as reaching, lifting, dressing, cutting vegetables, and even sleeping.
It can also prevent you from playing your sport properly or at all
This is where we come in to help you get back to sport
Just recently one of our clients Adam who plays in the NHL was in after surgery for a shoulder dislocation after receiving a hit into the boards. He was having alot of pain in his neck and shoulder from wearing his sling.
Even though he couldn’t start any shoulder mobilizations or exercises we knew he needed some major pain relief.
Like you, Adam wanted results and fast.
We decided to start IMS Physiotherapy treatment until we got the go-ahead from his surgeon to start moving his shoulder.
He had more neck and shoulder movement immediately and was sleeping better just 2 days after the first appointment. He noticed that his neck pain and headaches were gone by the end of week one.
Boy was he RELIEVED
IMS treatment is a powerful Physiotherapy tool that can speed up your healing, reduce pain and get you back to your activities ASAP.
What is IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation)?
IMS needles are considered monofilament and not jagged such as the ones a doctor would use to give you vaccinations or draw blood which is why a lot of our clients comment that they are amazed when they don’t see any blood after dry needling.
IMS assessment and treatment requires a thorough physical examination by a credentialed Physiotherapist trained to recognize the physical signs of neuropathic pain.
This physical examination is essential, as neuropathic pain is not visible on X-Rays, MRI, bone and CT scans.
IMS is short for Intramuscular stimulation where the use of a needle without any medication on it (dry needling IMS technique) is inserted into the muscle under the skin and pistoned to get a muscle twitch.
When a muscle has shortened and has really tight bands in it because the nerve supplying it is sending the wrong signals it can cause pain.
The muscle twitch produced that is slightly uncomfortable and somewhat of an odd feeling can help release the short tight muscle to allow it to heal.
Why do I have a painful shoulder?
The most common causes of pain in the shoulder result from:
1. The Rotator Cuff
a. Pinching of the cuff called impingement
b. Damage to the rotator cuff usually called a strain or tear
2. The Bursa
3. Shoulder arthritis
4. Frozen shoulder
You may have a painful shoulder when the muscles of your rotator cuff are strained beyond your current load tolerance such as when you lift something really heavy one time or when lifting something moderately heavy repetitively.
You may also have shoulder pain when performing a strenuous activity in poor form such as striking a boxing bag when your shoulder is not stabilized in front or when lifting a weight with too much momentum and not allowing your muscles to control the weight path.
How IMS and Physiotherapy can solve your painful shoulder in 5 Steps
1. Treat your pain, stiffness and muscle imbalances with IMS
2. Stretch your shoulder, neck and thoracic spine
3. Retrain control of your spine, shoulder blade and shoulder
4. Strengthen the rotator cuff
5. Perform whole arm and body movement
Here are 6 exercises to do to help strengthen your shoulders:
1/ Face pulls
-Make sure your chest is popped open
-Pull back your shoulders
-Externally rotate (turn them out) as you pull the band towards your face
2/ Banded Scap slides
-Stand in front of a wall with a band around your wrists
-Put hands on the wall
-Straighten elbows into Y pattern over your head
3/ Military press
-Keep elbows turned out
-Lift overhead without arching back & pushing head forward
-Lower slowly back to rack position
4/ Bosu ball pushups
-Place hands on outside edge of ball with palms down and wrists extended
-Keep your elbows in to your side
-Lower your body slowly looking straight in front of you bending at the elbows
-Slowly lift yourself back up to starting position
5/ External Rotation walking out
-Hold the band with your elbow bent 90°
-Pull your shoulder down and keep it by your side
-As you walk away making the band stretch dont let your arm lose the 90°
-Stop walking when your arm starts to move closer to your stomach
6/ Single arm clean and press
-start in a squat position
-Pick up the weight from the floor for more of a full body exercise.
-Try and keep your wrist and elbow straight when the weight is overhead
-Remember to keep the chest up and core tight! Stay strong and stay balanced!
Remember that living in pain is a choice.
Your shoulder pain can be permanently cured by combining IMS treatment with Physiotherapy.
So what are you waiting for?
Lets get you back on the road to better health today with a free phone call with one of our excellent Physiotherapists to see if IMS treatment is right for you!
P.S. we have helped many clients shake free of pain and return to what they love doing most. We are very excited to answer any questions you may have and look forward to meeting you!
How long does IMS treatment take to work?
IMS treatment works right away. Clients will notice an immediate increase in movement and less muscle tension. The pain also tends to improve right away in 80% of cases. Weekly sessions for 3 to 6 weeks is usually enough to create long lasting improvement. It is most effective when combined with Physiotherapy and followed up with exercises to re-program your movement.
What is the difference between IMS & acupuncture?
The primary difference between acupuncture and dry needling is that acupuncture treats for the purpose of altering the flow of Qi (or energy) along traditional Chinese meridians while dry needling follows evidence-based guidelines, recommended “point” locations, and dosages for the treatment of specific conditions
Does IMS needling hurt?
IMS needling can be slightly uncomfortable for a very short time
period and some even describe it as feeling like an odd sensation when the needle is inserted through the skin into the muscle, there may be a slight contraction or twitch within the muscle