Intra-Muscular Stimulation also known as IMS is a similar technique to acupuncture and uses fine needles to treat tight muscle bands that are implicated in many chronic and painful conditions. IMS is based on known scientific, neurophysiologic principles. It can be an effective way of promoting healing in the body, where other forms of treatment have shown little or no success.
This technique developped by Dr Gunn in the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain (ISTOP) succeeds in managing very well in the treatment of chronic pains, spams/chronic muscle shortnening, whiplash, fibromyalgia, myalgia, lower back pain, tennis/golfers elbow, Achilles tendonitis, trigger points and hypersentivity.
You may find supplemental information at the ISTOP site: