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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Related Links Directory

Master lists and top level directories which may prove useful for cross referencing worldwide.

Searchable public resources to find specialists, health care professionals and specialists-in-training.
Colleges and associations, governing authorities per international zone.


WHO - World Health Organization

Injection Safety & Policy Campaign

WHO best practices for injections and related procedures TOOLKIT 

Radiopaedia is a free educational radiology resource with one of the web's largest collections of radiology cases and reference articles.

Medical abbreviations and acronyms

Patient Education Research Center 

*** significant resource - self management programs ***

Self Management Programs Canada

Self Management Resource Centre

Canary Health
Institute for Chronic Pain (ICP)

What is Chronic Pain?
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Central Sensitization
  • Neuromatrix of Pain

International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)

Other Organizations Dedicated to Pain Research, Management, and Relief

Pain Terminology


Canadian Physiotherapy Association

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

French Canadian Health Directory - La Douleur Chronique

Répertoire Canadien Français de Santé

See all - - Sitemap

English Canadian Directory - Chronic Pain

English Répertoire Canadien de la Santé

See all - - Sitemap

Body and Health - - Chronic Pain


Relocate Canada - Health Care Services

National Search Physio Can Help

Find IMS Treatment Provider "Last Minute"
(cross check iSTOP and/or UBC Gunn IMS Directory to confirm CGIMS Certification) 
Search Engine for Physiotherapist, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Braces & Support Devices

Support for Clinic Owners (free "Buy & Sell" clinic valuation)

 Pain Hero

Pain Made Easy
Practitioner Support Certification Course

A simple and effective plan to help your challenging patients!
The Pain Made Easy Certification Course consists of 10 easy-to-follow worksheets that guide you and your client through the recovery process. The course will provide a client-based communication template that improves client communication and retention. Using common language and visual aides, Pain Made Easy translates your complex advice into easily digestible concepts.

Cory Choma, PT

iSTOP Member Profile

Website & Free Sample Introduction

Pain Made Easy


Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association

Use Needles in Practice - Sorted Shortlist - Directory

Arthur Prochazka's Lab - Patient & Student Education - University of Alberta
Interactive presentation, model of nerve receptors, muscle spindles & golgi tendon organs, online website and downloadable files.

British Columbia

College of Physical Therapist of British Columbia

Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia

Certified Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation practitioner (CGMIS) - see dropdown under heading Additional Qualifications
Intramuscular stimulation (IMS) - see dropdown under heading Areas of Practice

Provincial Infection Control Network of British Columbia

College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia - CTCMA 

Best Practice Guidelines For Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Critical and Semi-critical Medical Devices
BC Health Authorities

BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre

Consensus Guidelines for the Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain

University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine - Departments

Family Practice - Sports Medicine Centre

Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre - Services - Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

UBC Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation, Research and Course Instruction - UBC GUNN IMS

Physiotherapy Clinical Site Profiles - UBC Affiliates - Clinical Site Profiles Database

CHANGEpain Contemporary Pain Care - Intramuscular Stimulation

ChangePain Inter-Disciplinary Pain Clinic in Vancouver, BC is a multi-disciplinary pain care clinic offering IMS.

Intramuscular Stimulation treatments are displayed under Non-MSP Medical Services.
CpC Services

Dr. Allan Lam is an MD who provides both IMS & TrP treatments.
Dr Lam has published research articles with Dr. Gunn and helped with translation of the “Red Book” into Chinese.

Dr. Lam's CpC profile

Dr. Brenda Lau
Pain Specialist and Anesthesiologist provides IMS and is Founder & Medical Director at the Change Pain Clinic, Vancouver BC
Offering patient education via online workshops, covered my MSP.

Dr. Lau's CpC profile

MSP (MSC) Medical Services Plan Payment Schedule

Trevor Campbell MD
Consultant Author Podcasts

Chronic Pain Navigator -

Bio-Psycho-Social approach guides you beyond the "chronic" when you ARE achieving success but may not know how to acknowledge it


Dr. Campbell's Website


Newfoundland and Labrador

New Brunswick

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia



The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario

Cathryn Morgan - Primary Specialist

Information links and book related to children, pain, and pain management - Links

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

Prince Edward Island

PEI Physiotherapy Association - coming soon


Professional Order of Physiotherapy of Quebec - OPPQ - ENGLISH
Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec - FRANCAIS


Recognized Educational Programs

Saskatchewan College of Physiotherapists - Dry Needling


Physiotherapy Association of Yukon - see subheading Private Practice


New South Wales Government Health

Hunter New England Local Health District

  • Understanding pain and what to do about it
  • Stopping Opioids
  • Choose towards an evidence based approach
HNE Health - website
        Brainman - Understanding Pain in Less than 5 Minutes YouTube

Gunn IMS Intramuscular Stimulation

CGIMS Instructor & iSTOP Member - John Kent, MD

ISMM The Israeli Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine

האגודה הישראלית לרפואת שלד

Dr. John Kent

Rambam Medical Center

Pathophysiology (Gunn Model) - Theory of Myofascial Pain Lecture

  Gunn IMS - IMS treatment (kind of trigger point therapy) of Anesthesiology Pain Clinic

Tokyo, Japan

The Jikei University Hospital Anesthesiology Pain Clinic

Masaki Kitahara

NETHERLANDS        Substantive website about dry needling
Inhoudelijke website mbt dry needling (Dutch)

Frank Timmermans - Instructor
Dry Needling Course in the Netherlands & Penticton, BC Canada

Dry Needling Cerified Practitioners - Directory

PERU   Lima   Clinica Anglo Americana
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Tomás Saneo Nakazato Nakamine
Clinic & Practitioner Contact


Pelvic Partnership
Providing Support and Information about Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
Charity Registered in England: 1100373

Alternatives to medication

    London   British Medical Acupuncture Society
Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine



Instant Info about Conditions, Therapies, Exercises,
and Doctors who Treat Back Pain

#1 Back Pain


Patient Education Research Center

United States



New Zealand

South Africa

United Kingdom


Organizations Licensed to Offer the
Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Health World Net - Where in health am I?

Conditions > Pain
    CA   American Chronic Pain Association

Patient Toolbox: Infographic, interactive, visual aide, printable material to foster effective communication between patient and practitioner

Tracking Tools

Spine-health - Trusted Information for Back Pain

Arthritis-health - Trusted Information for Arthritis

Sports-health - Trusted Information for Sports Injuries

Osteoporosis-health- Trusted Information for Osteoporosis
National Center for Biotechnology Information
U.S. National Library of Medicine


    MI   Start Sleeping
DR. R.J. Burr Plymouth, Michigan

Best Sleeping Positions to Reduce Lower Back Pain


The Nursefriendly 

National Nursing A To Z

Consumer Health Directories

Pain, Painful Conditions, Pain Management, Pain Relief Resources
Pain Research

    NV   Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center


Gunn IMS Intramuscular Treatment
UW, Seattle Washington

CGIMS Course Instructor - Heather Tick, MD

University of Washington - Gunn IMS

  WA   LearnIMS - Spokane, Washington
CGIMS Instructor - Steven R. Goodman, MD

IMS Course Outline and Schedule

     WA   St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute
Inland Northwest Health Services

Physiatry Practice Outpatient Services
IntraMuscular Stimulation (IMS)

IMS: Treatment for Arthritis Related Muscle Pain

Downloadable brochure


Interventional Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine (iROM)

Michael N. Brown MD, DC
Bellevue, WA

Transitioning Dr. Silva

Orthopedic Medicine Management Including Gunn IMS
Download brochure, patient information


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iSTOP's role is transitioning to
UBC Gunn IMS Program – Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
For further information and inquiries please visit:

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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