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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Before applying for courses to become certified as a Gunn IMS practitioner, you will need to verify that you as a Physiotherapist or Physical Therapist are authorized to perform dry needling in your locale.

Here are a few check points to consider.

Workers Compensation Board of BC

CHANGE: WorkSafeBC (WCB, Workers' Compensation Board) contract regulation is in placfor physiotherapists working within the British Columbia and Ontario jurisdictions. Physiotherapy Agreement Updates

Confirm that Dry Needling in Physical Therapy is permitted in your jurisdiction as Scope of Practice, see directory of regulatory entities.

DN Regulations Directory

UBC GUNN IMS COURSE Prerequisites and Requirements - SUMMARY

1. Copy of your degree

2. Proof of Provincial licensing body of current practice

3. Proof of Malpractice Insurance

4. Four (4) years work experience

5. ONE of the following:

a. Certificate of acupuncture

b. Level 3 Intermediate Diploma of Manual Therapy

c. McMaster University Contemporary Acupuncture Program


Physiotherapist Associations websites.


Physiotherapy Alberta College & Association

Ontario Physiotherapy Association

Physiotherapist Associations Course Bulletins and Treatment Descriptions

British Columbia Physiotherapy Association Course Bulletins


Additional Qualifications Extra Credentials Description Definition

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.

Ready to Apply?

GUNN IMS COURSES are available in Canada and Internationally


Already certified as a Gunn IMS Practitioner?

Get your CGIMS Certificate as a Reprint, and find out why you may need this.



iSTOP's role is transitioning to
UBC Gunn IMS Program – Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
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