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Dry Needling and IMS Therapy in Edmonton

Are You Seeking Relief from Muscle Pain and Tension?
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Dry Needling and IMS Therapy Edmonton

Welcome to Turning Point Physical Therapy in Edmonton, where we offer specialized dry needling to help you find relief and enhance your well-being.

Have you been struggling with persistent muscle pain?

Are tight muscles limiting your mobility and daily activities?

Dry needling might be the solution you’re looking for.

What Can Dry Needling Do for You?
Dry Needling and IMS Therapy in Edmonton

Discover how dry needling can target deep-seated muscle tension and provide relief.

Learn how IMS therapy can accelerate your recovery and improve your performance.

Find out how dry needling can enhance the effectiveness of physiotherapy and massage treatments.

Your path to optimal health begins here!

Ready to prioritize your well-being? Schedule your appointment with Turning Point Physical Therapy now.

A Deep Dive into the Mechanisms of Dry Needling

Known as Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) or dry needling, this treatment method is increasingly recognized for its efficacy in addressing a variety of musculoskeletal issues. Grasping the foundational science behind this technique is key to understanding its effectiveness.

Targeting Myofascial Trigger Points

It targets myofascial trigger points, which are contracted and often painful muscle fibres. Inserting a needle into these trigger points elicits a twitch response, which serves to relax the muscle, easing tightness and discomfort. Releasing these trigger points not only reduces muscle pain but also enhances the range of motion.

Neurological and Biochemical Effects

Stimulating Nerve Fibers: Dry needling stimulates various nerve fibres, including A-delta and C fibres, which play a role in pain modulation.
Releasing Chemicals: The insertion of the needle also prompts the body to release natural pain-relieving chemicals, like endorphins and enkephalins.
Reducing Inflammation: Studies suggest that dry needling may help reduce local inflammatory responses, further aiding in pain relief and muscle healing.

Improved Blood Flow and Healing

This technique interrupts constricted muscle fibres, thus improving blood circulation to the focused area. Enhanced blood flow brings increased oxygen and essential nutrients to the muscles, promoting recuperation and the healing of affected areas.

The Central Nervous System’s Role

Chronic pain can result in a condition known as central sensitization, where the central nervous system becomes excessively responsive to pain signals. Dry needling offers a way to regulate this increased sensitivity, thereby diminishing the overall sensation of pain.

Psychological Impact

Relief from pain through dry needling could cause a decrease in stress and anxiety, which are commonly linked to ongoing pain. A decrease in both pain and stress levels could significantly enhance overall well-being and quality of life.

The Procedure of Dry Needling

Step-by-Step Overview at Turning Point Physical Therapy


The targeted area is cleaned, and you are positioned comfortably to access the affected muscles. Our therapists ensure a sterile environment, using single-use, disposable needles.

Needle Insertion

Fine, thin needles are gently inserted into the identified trigger points. You may feel a slight prick as the needle penetrates the skin, followed by a muscle twitch or mild discomfort.

Therapeutic Response

The needle's insertion often leads to an immediate release of muscle tension. You might experience a decrease in pain and an increase in range of motion during the session.

Post-Treatment Care

After the needles are removed, the therapist may provide additional treatment or advice on exercises and stretching. Some soreness after the session is normal and can be managed with ice or heat.


Your therapist will discuss a treatment plan, including the number of sessions needed to address your condition effectively.

Conditions Addressed by Dry Needling at Turning Point Physical Therapy

Are You Seeking Relief from Muscle Pain and Tension?

At Turning Point Physical Therapy in Edmonton, we utilize dry needling as a versatile treatment method for a wide range of conditions. Here are some of the key conditions that can benefit from dry needling:

Chronic Pain Conditions

Postural Strain and Occupational Injuries

Acute and Chronic Orthopedic Conditions

Sports-Related Injuries

Neurological Conditions

Other Conditions

Who Isn't Suitable for Dry Needling

Contraindications and Considerations

While dry needling is a beneficial treatment for many, it’s not suitable for everyone. At Turning Point Physical Therapy in Edmonton, we consider the following contraindications:

  • Needle Phobia or Anxiety: Individuals with a severe phobia of needles or anxiety about the procedure may not be suitable candidates.
  • Pregnancy: Caution is advised when treating pregnant women, especially during the first trimester.
  • Blood Disorders: Individuals with bleeding disorders or those on blood-thinning medications may be at increased risk of bleeding or bruising.
  • Infections or Skin Conditions: Active skin infections or certain dermatological conditions near the treatment area can be a contraindication.
  • Compromised Immune System: Anyone with a weakened immune system should consult their physician before undergoing dry needling.
  • Recent Surgery: Patients who have recently undergone surgery should wait until they are fully healed before considering dry needling.
  • Allergies to Metal/Needle Components: Rarely, individuals may have allergies to the materials used in the needles.
  • Severe Chronic Diseases: Certain chronic conditions may require careful consideration or consultation with a medical professional.
Dry Needling and IMS Therapy in Edmonton

Curious About How It Works and If It’s Right for You?

At Turning Point Physical Therapy, our experienced therapists are here to guide you through the process, ensuring a comfortable and beneficial experience. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation. Experience firsthand the relief and improved mobility that IMS therapy can offer.

Book Your Session for Dry Needling in Edmonton

Are you ready to experience relief from muscle pain and tightness? Contact Turning Point Physical Therapy in Edmonton to book your dry needling session. Let us help you take the first step towards a more comfortable and active lifestyle.

Dry Needling and IMS Therapy in Edmonton