Treatment Options for Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain Treatment Options

There are a number of psychological factors that can contribute to chronic pain. Stress, anxiety, and depression are all common contributors, as are negative thoughts and beliefs about pain. Psychological interventions can help address these factors and improve chronic pain management. A psychologist can assist in managing chronic pain through a variety of methods, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), relaxation techniques, and positive thinking. Our psychologists at Human Integrated Performance can work with individuals struggling with chronic pain to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their needs.

Don’t let chronic pain control your life. Get the treatment you need at our multidisciplinary clinic. Our physiotherapists and massage therapists can help with injury recovery, and if full recovery isn’t possible, we’ll help you manage your physical pain. Contact us to book in to see a psychologist, physiotherapist, or massage therapist.

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Chronic Pain FAQs

IMS and dry needling are similar treatments that both involve the use of acupuncture needles to address muscle pain and tension. However, there are some key differences between the two techniques.

IMS is a treatment that is based on the principles of traditional Chinese acupuncture but differs in its application. It involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into the affected muscles and surrounding tissues to release tension, stimulate circulation, and promote tissue healing. IMS is typically performed by a licensed healthcare practitioner such as a physiotherapist or chiropractor who has completed specific training in the technique.

Dry needling, on the other hand, is a technique that is primarily focused on releasing trigger points or knots in muscles that can cause pain and dysfunction. It involves the insertion of acupuncture needles directly into the trigger point, causing a twitch response that helps release tension and promote healing. Dry needling is typically performed by a range of healthcare practitioners, including physiotherapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists.

While IMS and dry needling are both effective treatments for muscle pain and tension, they differ in their underlying principles and applications. Your healthcare practitioner can help determine which technique may be most appropriate for your specific needs.


IMS treatment may help reduce inflammation in the treated areas by promoting circulation and stimulating the body’s natural healing processes. When the needle is inserted into the affected muscle, it creates a tiny lesion or micro-trauma, which triggers an immune response that helps to clear away damaged tissue and promote the production of new, healthy tissue.

This immune response can also help to reduce inflammation in the affected area. Inflammation is a natural response of the body’s immune system to injury or infection, and it can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the affected area. By promoting circulation and stimulating tissue healing, IMS treatment may help reduce inflammation and relieve pain and stiffness.

In addition, IMS treatment may also help reduce inflammation by releasing trigger points or knots in the muscles. These trigger points can cause pain and tension, and they may also contribute to inflammation in the affected area. By releasing these trigger points, IMS treatment can help reduce tension and inflammation, promoting overall healing and recovery.

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a type of manual therapy that involves the insertion of thin, solid needles into the muscle tissue to release tension and relieve pain. It is a form of acupuncture, but it focuses more specifically on the muscles rather than the traditional Chinese acupuncture points.

IMS is based on the theory that chronic pain is often caused by muscle shortening, which puts pressure on nerves and causes pain signals to be sent to the brain. By inserting needles into the shortened muscle fibers, IMS can stimulate a healing response and help to release the tension in the muscle tissue, thereby reducing pain and restoring normal movement.

IMS is typically performed by a trained practitioner, such as a physiotherapist or chiropractor, who will assess the patient’s muscle tension and pain levels before inserting the needles. The needles are usually left in place for a few minutes, and the treatment may be repeated several times over the course of several weeks to achieve optimal results.

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