"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.
WHAT IS VISCERAL MANIPULATION? AN INTEGRATED PART OF PHYSIOTHERAPY
"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
Repetitive Strain Injury RSI
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
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
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.
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.
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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