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intramuscular stimulationAbbreviation: IMS
The insertion of solid needles into sensitive or painful body parts in order to alleviate musculoskeletal, myofascial, or nerve pain.Synonym: dry needling; trigger point dry needling. See: trigger point.
See also: stimulation
intramuscular stimulation (inˈ·tr·musˑ·ky·ler stiˈ·my·lāˑ·shn),
n a method developed by Dr. Chan Gunn; uses acupuncture to relieve chronic pain of neuropathic origin by releasing muscle shortening, which presses on nerves.