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

If you are experiencing an URGENT Medical Emergency
or require Critical Patient Care

9-1-1       Telephone immediately

8-1-1        Nurse Hotline (if you are seeking Non-Urgent Medical Guidance)

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Worker's Compensation Board (WCB)

We are endeavoring to update our directory to make it easier to find Gunn IMS certified practitioners contracted with
your local workers compensation injury claims service provider. 
Cross reference to our directory.

All Canada - Directory


British Columbia

Patients and WorkSafeBC - Find a WCB Physiotherapist (Zones) - WEBLINK Forms and Resources

Workers Compensation Board of BC

Work Safe BC Information

Physiotherapy Agreement Updates - WEBLINK for Physiotherapist Resources



Provider lists





Find a Physiotherapist - Provider Lists Province of British Columbia

Download current list per zone

Seven (7) Zones

See also Patient Resources (iSTOP)

See also iSTOP's Careers CPD



WCB Approved Physical Therapy Clinics - Alberta



Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario

Programs of Care are available for the most common musculoskeletal injuries and specific illnesses.  

Musculoskeletal Program of Care

Shoulder Program of Care

Program of Care for Low Back

Work Safe BC - Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia 

Publication Excerpt

Alternative medicine - Some definitions and evidence for health care benefits guidelines

For Health Care Benefits Guidelines By WorkSafeBC Evidence-Based Practice Group
Dr. Craig W. Martin, Senior Medical Advisor
12th edition October 2009 

Dry Needling, or Intra-muscular Stimulation (IMS) 


Dry needling is a technique that uses needles to treat myofascial pain in any body part, including low back pain. Dry needling involves the insertion of a needle (it can be an acupuncture needle or any other injection needle without injecting any liquid) at the myofascial trigger pain points (not toward meridian points as it is practiced in acupuncture). The needles are removed once the trigger point is inactivated. The activation of the trigger point should be followed by exercises, for example, with the purpose of re-establishing a painless, full range of motion and avoid recurrences. At present, the mechanisms underlying the action of dry needling is still unclear. IMS, which was developed in 1973, is defined as a total system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes (i.e. chronic pain conditions that occur in the musculoskeletal system when there is no obvious injury or inflammation). The treatment involves dry needling of affected areas of the body without injecting any substance. The needle sites can be at the epicenter of taut, tender muscle bands, or they can be near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated and supersensitive. 

Download GUIDE

See Section 8 (2009)


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.

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