An Introduction of IMS(Intramuscular Stimulation Therapy) with Theoretcial Basis and Clinical Applications

IMS(Intramuscular Stimulation Therapy)의 이론적 배경과 임상적 운용에 대한 고찰

  • Kwon, Ki-Rok (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Oriental Medical College, Sangji University) ;
  • Gok, Kyung-Seung (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Oriental Medical College, Sangji University) ;
  • Kim, Sung-Wook (Oriental Medical College, Sangji University)
  • 권기록 (상지대학교 한의과대학 침구학교실) ;
  • 곡경승 (상지대학교 한의과대학 침구학교실) ;
  • 김성욱 (상지대학교 한의과대학 동서의학교실)
  • Published : 2003.06.30


Results : 1. The most important concept of IMS is chronic pain illness that may develop into hypersensitivity of the nerves, i.e., neuropathy. 2. Muscle shortening may be triggered by stress, including emotional, physical, external, and internal factors. 3. Muscle shortening increases mechanical tension on the muscles as well as inducing abrasion of the tissues by stretching ligament, tendon, cartilage, bone, and etc. 4. Pain from neuropathy is normally manifested on musculoskeletal system and spasm or shortening play as the central axis of this pain. 5. Neuropathy often appears at the nerve root level and the most important decisive factor of radiculopathy is muscle shortening. 6. Spondylosis is the most common cause of radiculopathy. 7. The most significant treatment principle of IMS is to relieve muscle shortening and remove stimulating determinant from the vertebrae. 8. Dry needling is quite effective for treating various pain caused by muscle shortening.


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