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    BACKLINKS - Testimonials

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  • 13 May 2017 06:47 | Administrator Reception (Administrator)

    My name is D.R. I have been in intense pain for 6 years. Following a car accident and after specialist evaluation I was diagnosed with thoracic and myofascial pain. After many different types of medication I was not having any pain relief. Many blocks have created the system to fail at providing the help I needed. I was determined to find help, my life was so miserable. I lost many people who I had in my life because I was so depressed, the pain isolated me. Then my doctor sent me to a physiotherapist that used intramuscular stimulation (IMS). My life turned around, I felt the brain fog lift and energy came back. I could have hope now that we found a treatment that helps me live with relief. With a plan in place with IMS and therapy I have a bright future. I want to thank Mr. Gunn for never giving up on his crusade to bring this treatment to the medical field. It is truly a blessing. I hope to meet Mr. Gunn one day to personally thank him. I hope the medical field embraces this treatment throughout the system. It is time now as the chronic pain people are living with only medication to help. It (IMS) is a very simple process and can offer people a brighter future. I thank you for your passion to help people in pain. Blessings, D.R. Canada

  • 04 Jun 2015 15:23 | Administrator Reception (Administrator)

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    Hi there, Just wanted to pop by and say I\'ve been plagued by nerve pain originating from car accidents. It has ruined my life. The physical toll has been incredible. I\'ve been unable to do chores, my work week has been force ably shortened. The first accident (2008) was followed by 6 months of traditional physiotherapy and a big load of gabapentin to reset my brain. Neuropathic pain is something i would wish upon no one. I was in another car accident last November. The pain returned. I had no relief untill yesterday. I had happened to come into a physiotherapy clinic in Langley that does IMS treatment. Last night i slept for the first time in months. I am at work today (on time i might add) The relief is un comprable. I am still on a few muscle relaxer drugs as prescribed. I have my next appointment for Friday. The emotions i feel right now cannot be described. There is a light at the end of a long dark tunnel. All i can say is if you are in pain. Go see someone and try this. If you know physical pain with no end in sight. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.

    (I,M.) - submitted June 3, 2014

    Dear iSTOP clinic,

    I was recently exposed to IMS at a physiotherapy appointment in Whistler. I had quite a remarkable experience, as perhaps many have had before me. The reason for my visit was to treat chronic plantar fasciitis, and my plantar fasciitis was relieved substantially after only one visit. I went back for another session and asked the therapist to work on my lower back which had been injured in a lifting injury several years ago. She needled me in my QL and thoracic/lumbar spinal muscles and I felt incredible relief, not just in chronic tightness and pain, but in digestive function, energy level, and general ease in function. I went back for a third session to work on my right leg and foot, which had been injured in various biking and skiing and running activities. I now find that my ability to use the muscles of my leg correctly has increased. My glutes are now firing correctly (they were difficult to activate). I was amazed at the pain and spasm reduction but because IMS is intended for pain relief, I expected those results.

    But what is most remarkable to me is the increased energy, improved digestion, and other functions that have improved along with the pain relief.

    I wanted to ask Dr. Gunn if, aside from using IMS for chronic pain, he has found IMS to be effective in other functions carried by the nerves that were previously blocked. For example, digestion that may have been impaired by a lower back injury, proprioception impaired by a glute issue, and general fatigue improved by effective nerve function.

    Briefly stated, is IMS activating the nerves or the muscles, or both? Have you found it to improve general well being, general health and other non-skeletal muscle functions in your patients over the years?

    Thanks for developing this incredible modality. As a PhD scientist, I am naturally curious and would like to understand better how to benefit most from IMS and my past injuries.

    With regards,

    (M.M. Ph.D. - Geneticist) - submitted February 17, 2012

    I have been seeing Dr. Brian R. Bennett in Edmonton, Alberta, regarding a Rotator Cuff injury from years of sports activities. After my very first treatment within a day I had lost about 60-70% of the pain I was having in my shoulder. I also gained a little more movement in my arm. The pain was my big issue as it has kept me awake most nights as it was constant all the time. Loosing movement in my shoulder was also very important, but now as I gain control of my arm back, I\'m at least not in constant pain all day long. After my second treatment, I have gained a little more movement back. It will take a while to work out the issues, but I\'m confident that it will happen. I also wanted to let anybody with this type of injury or other know that I am not a big fan of needles and was a little sceptical at first, but I am a firm believer now. It doesn't sound very appealing to have needles stuck in you, but believe me, it is WELL worth it! The needles hardly bother me at all even when they are put in the problem areas and with the quick return of my movement in my arm and the vast loss in the pain I had makes it well worth it. Dr. Bennett is fantastic and really knows his stuff, plus he\'s been doing it almost since the very beginning when Dr. Gunn introduced it. I really lucked out by contacting him from the very start. I\'m sure I would have spent a lot of wasted time, money and sleep if I had gone to a regular doctor who may not have understood these types of injuries. Dr. Bennett can be reached at: http://www.laserpainclinic.com if you are in the Edmonton, Alberta area.

    (S.B.) – submitted March 17, 2011

    I cannot praise this method of pain relief enough. Following its success on my own badly worn back I recommend IMS to everyone I know. I have watched my Mum be cured of her arthritis, my cousin come off of morphine and all medication for her hip pain, a dear colleague return back to work on the very day his back operation was due, my Fiance is nearly totally off his acid reflux medication, my colleague's husband is cured of severe shoulder pain. It has NEVER failed. Trouble is that it sounds too good to be true that most people think I'm just talking about some "witch doctor" treatment and don't believe me. I long for the day that this becomes a recognised method of pain relief and is available on the NHS. Keep up the good work guys.

    (L. S.) Oxford, England – submitted March 18, 2011

    I have been having IMS for the last 6 years or so. I cannot speak highly enough about this treatment. I had been visiting physiotherapists and chiropractors for YEARS. I had some successes for a short time with some; others gave me no relief. I eventually met Wendy Bowen of Startline Physiotherapy in Duncan, BC. While IMS will not "cure" my ailments, it is by far the most effective management therapy of my pain. I "crave" my needles now which is odd because the treatment can be very uncomfortable. The beauty of the treatment though is you can have as much IMS as you can tolerate. The more you do in one session, the bigger the relief so it is the old "no pain, no gain" story. You feel a little muscular soreness after the treatment but it's gone within a day or two. IMS keeps me comfortable and able to go pain free throughout my day and I can not say that about any other physio treatment I have received. I LOVE IMS. (and I love that it involves no drugs, side effects, etc.) I am a total believer in IMS as a treatment for chronic muscular pain.

    (S.R.) - submitted September 14, 2014

Practitioner Testimonials

"A road into the doctoral program: Interest in a clinical technique – Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation

"I have been a musculoskeletal physical therapist for nearly twenty years and over that time, I have derived great satisfaction from my clinical work. A few years ago, however, I became interested in learning more about what had become my favourite clinical technique – Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation, or “IMS”".


Lyndall Solomons - October 26, 2016

"A story of pain, success and hope for patients

My story began in 4th year medical school when I opted to write my Clinical Medicine essay on Pain Management. I studied the Analgesic Ladder and wrote up my findings which were to form the basis of all pain medication treatments in my medical career. Later in residency I was perplexed when my esteemed Geriatric physician mentor was unable to explain why elderly patients had frequent painful legs on palpation"

College of Family Physicians of Canada 


Wayne Phimister - 2014 iSTOP Member.


"I have been a physiotherapist for ten years and have continued to add layers of knowledge and skills to my tool belt.  Two of those skills have been real eye openers and game changers for me.  The first big one was the profound effectiveness of skilled dry needling called  IMS acupuncture.  I trained with  Dr Chan Gunn in 2008 and the skills I learned completely changed my practice for the better".  


Brent Stevenson - iSTOP Member

A Message from the Owner

"Upon seeing firsthand how effective IMS can be in alleviating pain, I took my training at ISTOP and immediately incorporated it into my daily physiotherapy practice. I was very fortunate to have done my practicum work at ISTOP with Dr. Gunn himself. I got to see exactly how to perform the treatment in order for it to be most effective, with the added benefit of being able to practice IMS under Dr. Gunn’s tutelage. He taught me a great deal and deserves all the credit in the world. Without him I never would have been able to offer such a valuable service to my patients".


Cory Garman - iSTOP Member Profile

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Patient Testimonials

Repetitive Strain Injury RSI
Spinal Dysfunction; my symptoms...

I am now in my eighth week off sick, but I have had the first IMS treatment and looking forward to the next one tomorrow… My arms on the whole are much better already. I can iron for 30 minutes now (yippee?), which was unthinkable 8 days ago.


Anonymous - Birmingham, United Kingdom

Chronic Pain Management – Why you need a multidisciplinary team of health professionals

The Report on Pain 2011, commissioned by Canadian Pain Coalition, explores the patient journey of Canadians living with chronic pain. “Twenty-one percent of those living with chronic pain waited two years or more for a diagnosis and only fifty-four percent of those with a diagnosis have a treatment plan.” The good news is that ninety-one percent of those with a treatment plan play an active role in their pain treatment plan.“Twenty-one percent of those living with chronic pain waited two years or more for a diagnosis and only fifty-four percent of those with a diagnosis have a treatment plan.” 


Carolyn Morgan - elementary school teacher and author

Blog Post

I've had regular neck and upper back pain from working on the computer for so many years. I've done massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractor, acupuncture. All of the treatments provided temporary relief but the problem persisted. Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is highly recommended to help with chronic pain. ... 


Denise O - February 2013

St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute


IMS Stops Back Pain - The story of John Fisher


In 1999, John Fisher injured his back lifting weights. He had a disketomy but after three years had to retire from his job as a diplomat with the U.S. Embassy in Thailand because of the back pain. Returning to the States, he had two more back surgeries, another disketomy and a back fusion.


To cope with the pain Fisher tried multiple treatment options, including physical therapy, mediation, massage therapy, chiropractic care and steroidal epidural injections.




Little-known intramuscular stimulation can offer pain relief

The Spokesman-Review - John Stucke


Faced with yet another back surgery, John Fisher remembers slumping in his chair, dispirited. “I guess I knew that’s what it would come to,” the Spokane man said. “And I knew that, eventually, my pain would return.”



Controlling Neck Pain - The story of Dr. Gregory Luna

After a waterskiing injury, vascular surgeon Dr. Gregory Luna had two spinal surgeries and a four level neck fusion over the next two years.

While he was left with some pain, for several years was able to control the discomfort with a mixture of rest, massage, stretching, cervical distraction and the warm heat of a whirlpool. Then, in the spring of 2009, after a long work weekend, he experienced pain and numbness that wasn’t relieved by the normal methods.



Playing Again With IMS Therapy - The story of Peter Johnson


It was January 2006. At first he tried to practice lightly, hoping it would go away, he says. “It never did.”


So he sought medical help. The first diagnosis was tendonitis and he tried physical therapy. That didn’t help. Over the next months he tried cortisone shots, physical therapy and rest. He even had his left thumb immobilized in a cast for two months, but nothing alleviated the pain. “I stopped playing. If I played for longer than 10 or 15 minutes, the pain would come. I was very limited. I couldn’t play. There was no option. It wasn’t going to get better and my piano career was over”



IMS for Back Pain - The story of Keith Schwartz


During a workplace injury in 2005, Keith Schwartz received two compression fractures in his spine. The back trauma led to chronic pain, spasms and burning sensations that persisted through a host of treatments. He tried physical therapy,chiropractic care, massage therapy and pain medication with little relief.


Improving Low Back Pain - The story of Dr. Terrance Judge

After rupturing a disk in his lower back, retired cardiologist Dr. Terrance Judge had a diskectomy and fusion. The surgery was successful and he returned to his active lifestyle, which included skiing, tennis and flying.

But about two years later, he developed low back pain again. “It prevented me from being physically active. I stopped playing tennis and skiing.”
He tried massage therapy and over-the-counter pain medication, but it didn’t help much, he says. Then he read an article about Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) therapy performed by Dr. Goodman at St. Luke’s Physiatry Practice at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute.



No More Pain in the Neck - The story of Cindy Roth


Nothing was working after a car accident left Cindy Roth with chronic pain – until visiting Steven R. Goodman, MD for Intramuscular Stimulation therapy at St. Luke’s Physiatry Practice.


It all began when an oncoming car turned right in front of her. Cindy Roth was driving the speed limit, but she still slammed into the turning vehicle. The impact rocked her forcibly and flung her between the two seats, seatbelt still buckled.


She tried massage therapy and went to a chiropractor but relief was short-lived. “While both made me feel better for short periods of time, nothing had lasting effects. After almost a year, my pain was still there,” she says.



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