Intramuscular Stimulation

Improve flexibility of the muscle and decrease symptoms with dry needling.

IMS TreatmentAbout Intramuscular Stimulation

IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) is a treatment for muscular tightness and spasm, which commonly follows injuries and often accompanies the degenerative processes. This muscular tightness and spasm will cause compression and irritation of the nerves exiting the spine. When the nerves are irritated, they cause a protective spasm of all the muscles to which they are connected. This may cause peripheral diagnosis, such as carpel tunnel, tendonitis, osteoarthitis, decreased mobility and chronic pain.

Small, thin needles are inserted in the muscles at the trigger points causing the pain referral. The muscles would then contract and release, improving flexibility of the muscle and decreasing symptoms.

About Jenny (Registered Physiotherapist)

Jenny Biegler PhysioJenny received a Masters of Physical Therapy degree from the University of British Columbia and additionally holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria. She has training in Functional Dry Needling/Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), soft tissue release techniques and manual therapy techniques.

Growing up on Vancouver Island, sports and recreation have always been an integral part of her lifestyle. She has played softball, soccer and volleyball since she was old enough to catch, kick or hit a ball. Jenny believes that the first line of defense in the treatment of injuries is to educate her clients on how to prevent them and volunteers her time educating youth sports teams and senior centers on injury prevention. She is part of the medical team for Elite Men’s and Women’s Rugby, and enjoys working with athletes of all ages and levels.

Her physiotherapy philosophy is one that incorporates manual therapy techniques, patient education, and individualized exercise prescription to enable appropriate healing and prevent future injuries. With an array of experience from post-motor vehicle accident injuries, sports injuries and geriatric health, she welcomes all patients looking to optimize their function and fitness, decrease their pain, and improve their overall health.

Courses:

  • Soft tissue release techniques
  • Evidence in Motion Lumbar Spine Techniques
  • APTEI Hip and Knee Complex
  • Functional Dry Needling/IMS
  • Cervical Spine Treatment
About Collin (Registered Physiotherapist)

Collin completed his Master of Physical Therapy degree at the University of British Columbia, and previously, a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria. Collin found his passion for rehabilitation while working as a kinesiologist in Victoria, and immediately knew physiotherapy was the career for him. Collin is dedicated to continuing his education in order to help clients return to their daily activities, sport, and a pain-free lifestyle. He has completed certification in Soft Tissue Release and Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy: Level 1, and looks forward to furthering his education throughout his career.

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Collin enjoys helping clients reach their goals through the use of manual therapy, soft tissue release, taping, education, functional and personalized exercise prescription, as well as safe and effective return to sport programs. Collin enjoys staying active by playing many sports, including; downhill skiing, football, cricket, squash, hockey, soccer,, volleyball, softball, and cycling. In addition to treating sports injuries, Collin’s experience and interests also include treating postural dysfunction, post-operative rehabilitation, post motor vehicle accident rehabilitation, orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation, neck pain, back pain, and chronic pain. Collin looks forward to meeting and treating new clients of all ages and backgrounds.

About Andrew (MPT, Registered Physiotherapist)

Andrew Flynn PhysiotherapistAndrew graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of British Columbia and loves being a physiotherapist.

His treatment style empowers people to take charge of their health. Treating primarily through education, manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription, Andrew is also trained in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). He sees people with a wide variety of conditions and injuries and has a special interest in shoulders and arthritis having personal experience with both shoulder dislocations and inflammatory arthritis management.

In his spare time Andrew enjoys golfing, traveling and playing games in the company of friends and family.

About Erin (Registered Physiotherapist)

Erin Robinson PhysioErin is currently on maternity leave as of November 1st, 2017. We will update once Erin announces her return to the clinic.

Erin is a firm believer in providing an individualized approach to treatment, as each client and their conditions are unique. She believes in a holistic, client-centered approach, where the client is offered the appropriate hands-on therapy, exercises, and education to manage their condition and achieve their physical goals.

Erin completed her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia in 2012. Since that time she has had the pleasure of working with a variety of clients and conditions, including overuse/ sports injuries, workplace injuries, and motor vehicle accidents. She has completed further training in manual therapy, Functional Dry Needling/IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation), neck disorders, and pregnancy-related pelvis and back pain. Erin also completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University while working and traveling as a trainer with the SFU Track & Field Team.

Erin’s interest in physiotherapy developed during her formal training in ballet, where she began to explore the movement and function of the human body. She developed an appreciation for health and wellness through her own dance injuries and their rehabilitation, and now strives to help people reach their own physical potential. On her days off Erin can be found hiking on the North Shore Mountains, running along the seawall, riding her bike, or in the yoga studio.

Specialties:
Orthopaedics, Functional Dry Needling (IMS), Pregnancy-related Pelvis and Back Pain

Certificates:
Level 2 (Lower) Certificate of Manual Therapy, Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), Rost Therapy for Pelvic Girdle Pain

About Kate (Registered Physiotherapist)

Kate Shaw PhysioKate completed her Master of Physical Therapy degree at the University of British Columbia. She has since obtained additional training and certifications in intramuscular stimulation (IMS), women’s health, and pelvic floor. Kate has also obtained her Orthopaedic level 1 certification from the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapy (CAMPT), completed a personal training certification course, and the Mulligan Concept Lower Quadrant course focused on mobilization with movement.

As a clinician, Kate is focused on setting functional, client-centered goals and uses a combination of manual therapy, biofeedback, intramuscular stimulation (needling), and exercise-based therapy in her treatment. She has experience working in women’s health, specifically with pre and post natal clients and athletes for incontinence, coccydinia and prolapse. Kate is also experienced in treating musculoskeletal injuries, neurological conditions, and chronic pain.

Outside of work Kate loves to stay active with a balance of running, yoga, and weight training. She loves incorporating yoga and mindfulness techniques into her treatment sessions. Having rehabilitated from multiple running injuries and a back injury over the past decade, she has personal experience rehabilitating from orthopaedic injuries and finds this extremely valuable in understanding clients, function, and pain.

About Asifa (Registered Physiotherapist)

Asifa PhysioBSc., BSc.PT, CAFCI

Asifa graduated with a Bachelor degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Western Ontario (1998) after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Simon Fraser University (1995).

Asifa is committed to pursuing the highest levels of post-graduate education; She has taken advanced training in Orthopedic and Manual Manipulative Therapy, is certified in FDN (Functional Dry Needling), and has completed her Certificate of Anatomical Acupuncture (CAFCI) from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada (2014). She has also taken advanced courses in the Rehabilitation Stream of STOTT Pilates (STOTT Pilates RMR1&2 Lumbar & Shoulder Stabilization on Mat & Reformer). Asifa is trained in foot and gait analysis and is a Certified Provider of Custom Orthotics. She has been a member of The Canadian Physiotherapy Association for 19 years and has also worked with the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators and an examiner for the National Physiotherapy Licensing Exam.

Over the past 19 years, Asifa has developed a broad base of assessment and treatment skills. She takes a hands-on approach, and prides herself on her ability to listen to each of her client’s goals and implement them in an individualized treatment program. Her treatment plans consist of a combination of joint mobilizations, soft tissue techniques, medical acupuncture, exercise prescription, taping, and various modalities (laser, ultrasound, electrical stimulation) as needed. She encourages her clients to take ownership of their recovery, empowering them with an understanding of their injury and promoting an active involvement in their return to activity and function.

Outside of work, Asifa practices what she preaches. She stays active by hiking the north shore trails, walking the sea wall, and practicing yoga and pilates. These days, however, most of her activity comes from keeping up with her three young children.

ICBC Patients

If you have an approved claim, you will be charged a user fee (ICBC will cover the remainder). Prior to your initial appointment, you MUST provide your claim number, adjuster’s information (name and phone number), BC Carecard, and your doctor’s referral. Failure to provide this information will result in the patient paying the standard private rate for the appointment.