Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a needling technique employed by a qualified Physiotherapist that has been shown to help with myofascial pain, headaches, low back pain and issues of nerve entrapment (Kvist et al., 2021, Kim et al., 2012). This technique involves briefly inserting a sterile acupuncture needle through disinfected skin into tight bands of muscle. The needle is promptly removed, without any added electrical current. This is unlike acupuncture, which follows a map of established points and leaves needles in place for a length of time.
Kvist, K., Hilland, R., Enehaug, R., Schjelderup, J., Lie, S. & Halse, A. (2021). The treatment effect of intramuscular stimulation on carpal tunnel syndrome: A blinded randomized trial on 75 patients. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 27, 522-528.
Kim, T., Lee, C., Choi, T. & Lee, M. (2012). Intramuscular Stimulation Therapy for Healthcare: A Systematic Review of Randomised Controlled Trials. Acupuncture in Medicine. 30(4), 286-290.