Dry Needling & Gunn IMS Therapy in
Downtown Toronto

Adelaide West Physiotherapy is proud to offer specialized Dry Needling and Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) therapies in the heart of Downtown Toronto. Our experienced team of CAMPT-certified physiotherapists combines these advanced techniques with other physical therapy services to provide effective solutions for musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain and discomfort.

What are Dry Needling and Gunn IMS?

Dry Needling is an innovative physiotherapy technique focused on alleviating pain and muscle tension. Using thin needles, our physiotherapists can target specific trigger points, offering relief from muscle knots and areas of tension, soothing pain and aiding in muscle relaxation.

Gunn IMS, a specific school of Dry Needling, offers a system for diagnosing and treating persistent myofascial pain syndromes. It addresses complex issues involving muscles, joints, tendons, nerves and more, going beyond treating localized areas of pain by targeting deeper muscle layers and focusing on the underlying causes of pain.

What is the Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

While both involve the use of thin needles, understanding the distinction between Dry Needling and Acupuncture is crucial for our physiotherapists to choose the right therapeutic approach for you:

Origin and Philosophy


Acupuncture, originating from traditional Chinese medicine, focuses on balancing the body's energy flow to address health issues. In contrast, Dry Needling is grounded in Western medical science and concentrates on pain relief and muscle function.

Treatment Focus and Application


While Acupuncture treats a range of conditions by targeting the body’s energy meridians, Dry Needling and Gunn IMS are more focused on relieving musculoskeletal discomfort, inserting needles into specific muscular trigger points for pain relief and muscle relaxation.

Immediate Relief vs Holistic Balance


Dry Needling and Gunn IMS often provide immediate relief, especially for muscle tightness and pain. Acupuncture, on the other hand, seeks to achieve a more holistic balance and wellness, with effects that may be more subtle or gradual.

What Can Dry Needling and IMS Help With?

Dry Needling and IMS benefit from many conditions treated at AWP, from sports injuries to chronic pain. By targeting the source of pain – whether it’s tight muscles or nerve irritation – these treatments help alleviate discomfort, reduce inflammation, and improve mobility.  

Chronic Back Pain

These therapies effectively target the underlying muscle tensions and nerve issues contributing to long-term back discomfort.

Neck Stiffness

Focusing on tight muscles and nerve dysfunctions in the neck area for relief and increased flexibility.

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Ideal for conditions caused by overuse or repetitive motions, helping in reducing pain and restoring function.


Effective in alleviating the nerve compression and muscle tightness that often cause sciatic pain.

Tension Headaches

These therapies can provide significant relief by addressing the muscle tightness and nerve triggers of tension headaches.

IMS Therapy, in concert with other treatments, is helpful for treating a large variety of conditions and ailments, ranging from head to toe. To take a look at all the different conditions we treat here at Adelaide West Physiotherapy, visit the page below! 

Our Dry Needling and Gunn IMS Rates

Dry Needling and Gunn IMS are included as part of our overall physiotherapy approach at AWP and are not offered as stand-alone services. For detailed information on our therapy options and pricing, we invite you to explore our physiotherapy page contact our clinic directly

Why Choose AWP for IMS and Dry Needling

Choosing Adelaide West Physiotherapy for your Dry Needling and Gunn IMS treatments means selecting a clinic dedicated to your health and well-being. Our state-of-the-art facilities and commitment to holistic, integrative care make us a leading choice in Downtown Toronto.

Experienced and Certified Physiotherapists

Our team comprises highly skilled and CAMPT-certified physiotherapists, knowledgeable and experienced in IMS and Dry Needling techniques.

Patient-Centred Approach

At Adelaide West Physiotherapy, we prioritize patient comfort and individual needs. Each treatment plan is tailored to your unique condition for a personalized approach to your care.

tate-of-the-Art Techniques and Equipment

We utilize the latest in physiotherapy techniques and equipment to provide the most effective treatment. Our commitment to staying at the forefront of physiotherapy advancements means you receive the best possible care.

Holistic and Integrative Care

We believe in a holistic approach to healing. Our treatments often integrate IMS and Dry Needling with other physio techniques like manual therapy and sports physiotherapy for a comprehensive wellness plan.

Book an Appointment for Dry Needling or Gunn IMS Today!

Ready to take the first step towards relief from muscle pain and improved mobility? Our team in Downtown Toronto is committed to providing personalized and effective care with our specialized Dry Needling and Gunn IMS therapies. Contact us today to book your appointment and experience the difference our dedicated care can make.

Dry Needling & Gunn IMS FAQs

Along with our dedicated treatments, AWP also put a strong emphasis on sharing and education. Our Patient Knowledge page offers detailed blogs and the section below answers FAQs dealing with Dry Needling and IMS.

Is Dry Needling or Gunn IMS painful?

While some clients may experience mild discomfort during needle insertion, most find the procedures more than tolerable. Any discomfort usually subsides quickly and our physiotherapists will ensure that you are comfortable with the process.

How long does a typical Dry Needling or Gunn IMS session last?

Each session typically lasts between 10 and 15 minutes, depending on the complexity of your condition and the treatment plan. As these techniques are used to complement other treatments, the actual length of a session will vary.

Is there an age limit for receiving Dry Needling or Gunn IMS therapy?

There’s no strict age limit, but suitability for Dry Needling or IMS varies based on individual health conditions and the strategies for addressing them. Our therapists assess each client’s suitability during the initial consultation and design treatment plans on an individual basis.

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