The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain

iSTOP's role is transitioning to

UBC Gunn IMS Program – Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia

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Certification of Gunn IMS - CGIMS Certificaton

Please note that as of April 2013, iSTOP is no longer the host for the CGIMS courses.

iSTOP now acts as the international information centre for Gunn IMS.

iSTOP's Legacy Site is no longer being maintain, however still remains a great resource for historical purposes.

iSTOP Legacy

Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia

PABC Definition (FAQ): 

A Certified Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation Practitioner (CGIMS) is a physiotherapist (PT) who has been trained through the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain, founded by the developer of the IMS technique, Dr. Chan Gunn M.D. and offered through the University of British Columbia. A physiotherapist with CGIMS has at least 4 years clinical musculoskeletal or neuromuscular physiotherapy patient experience as well as either acupuncture certification or Level III of the Intermediate Diploma of Manual Therapy.

Source see subheading: "ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS"

Certified Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation practitioner (CGMIS)



*** Part 1, Part 2 and Review Courses are available ***

In May of 2013, teaching and research for Gunn IMS in Canada has been endowed to the Medical Faculty of University of British Columbia (UBC), Department of Sports Medicine.

Currently, GunnIMS training is open to licensed medical doctors and licensed physiotherapists under the jurisdiction of the local Colleges of Physicians, Surgeons and Physical Therapists.These bodies set the guidelines for admittance to the GunnIMS Courses.

See the iSTOP continuing professional development page for more details in regards to becoming a certified Gunn IMS practitioner.

CPD page 

CGIMS Certificate Reprints - order a copy

Why may you require a reprint of your CGIMS certificate? 

WorkSafeBC (WCB, Workers' Compensation Board) contract regulation is in plac
for physiotherapists working within the British Columbia and Ontario jurisdictions. See continuing professional development (CPD) page regarding the new (WCB) regulation.

College of Physical Therapist British Columbia (CPTBC) Moratorium is in effect for dry needling in British Columbia while review in progress.

Became effective August 2019, expected to be settled by end of the year (December 2019).

CANOE Certificate

Is your CGIMS certificate as issued by affiliate University looking a little bland on your clinic gallery / wall display? You may wish to "upgrade" your certificate by purchasing a reprint and getting the original iSTOP "patina" with artist's rendering of a canoe.

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CGIMS Certificate Reprints

What is the difference between Gunn IMS and other IMS / dry needling treatments?



iSTOP's role is transitioning to
UBC Gunn IMS Program – Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
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Our gratitude goes out to all iSTOP legacy members and public donors since 1994.

Thanks to you Gunn intramuscular stimulation information resources are freely available to
the public, for patients & their family members, health advocates, pain researchers and enthusiasts alike.

Gunn IMS "points" the way!

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