IMS & Dry Needling in Vancouver

Get relief from pain and inflammation with Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

Experience the long-lasting relief of pain and inflammation with Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)! Our trained physiotherapists use this advanced technique to insert very fine, sterile needles into tight muscles, creating reflexive muscle relaxation for relief from chronic pain and nerve issues.

1-on-1 Personalized Care
Integrative Approach
Beautiful & Convient Location

Our Approach to IMS & Dry Needling

Our Physiotherapists have advanced training in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). IMS involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles into tight muscles to create reflexive muscle relaxation, stimulate blood flow for healing, and improve nerve function. In turn, this ease of muscle tension across joints helps to reduce pain, inflammation, and restriction. A special assessment is completed to determine if this treatment is appropriate for your condition. After treatment, it is common to be sore for up to 48 hours. IMS is usually recommended no more than once a week should treatment prove to be effective.

Common Conditions We Treat​


Highly Experienced Team

Our team of skilled therapists is committed to providing you with personalized treatments, focusing on reducing pain and improving mobility.

Personalized Treatment Plans

You are unique and so are your physiotherapy needs. We'll create a custom treatment plan that's personalized to your injury, needs, and goals.

Convenient Location & Flexible Booking

We offer a beautiful and convenient clinic location in Vancouver BC, as well as a variety of booking options and times to fit your schedule.

We Offer Direct Billing

Read What Our Patients Say

Josephine W
Josephine W
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My mother (senior) had her physio appointment with Sean Lee and appreciated his patience, professionalism, clear communication, and guidance on how to work on her issues with easy to follow exercises. She has seen improvements since her visits. The office is open, clean and bright. Definitely recommend Sean at Reformativ Physio.
Elisa H
Elisa H
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I have been seeing Melissa Pham for clinical Pilates and my experience has been super great. She takes the time to explain everything and also does lots of hands on work so you can really feel the muscles working. I really enjoy coming for sessions here as Melissa is super friendly and knowledgable, and the front desk staff are always very kind.
Dan H
Dan H
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My physiotherapist was Carrie and she gave me more info on my injury than my doctor even did. Great communication and expertise. Very happy with all aspects of the service and environment at Reformativ!!
Caroline W
Caroline W
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Sean is friendly, knowledgeable and thorough. He was patient with all my questions and explained things very well. He laid out a clear and comprehensive treatment plan and I felt like I was in good hands. The space is clean and bright. I'm really glad I found this place.

Meet Our IMS Physiotherapists

Learn more about the amazing team behind Reformotiv

Mon/Thurs 1:30-7:30pm, Tues 11:30am-4pm, Wed 7am-1pm
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Carrie Viola

BScHK, MScPT, Cert Manip PT, CGIMS, Clinical Pilates trained
Tues 7am-1pm, Thurs 9:30am-3:30pm, Fri 12-6pm
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Larissa Vishniakoff

BSc, MPT, Cert Manip PT, CGIMS, CAFCI, Clinical Pilates trained
Mon/Thurs 7am-1pm, Wed 1:30-7:30pm, Fri 12-6pm
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Sean Lee

BSc, MPT, Clinical Pilates trained, Pelvic Floor certified, Dry needling certified
Tues 1:30-7:30, Thurs 7am-1pm
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Melissa Pham

BHK, MPT, CGIMS, CAFCI, Clinical Pilates trained
Wed 1:30-7:30pm
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Gurpreet Jawanda

BSc, DPT, Dry needling certified, Clinical Pilates trained, Registered Yoga Teacher
Thurs 9am-12pm
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Kenneth Lo


Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t see the answer to your questions?

Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a specialized form of dry needling that involves inserting a fine needle into the muscle to release tension and promote healing. It is commonly used to treat chronic pain and muscle dysfunction.

IMS can be beneficial for a range of conditions, including chronic pain, muscle tension, headaches, neck pain, back pain, radiculopathy/nerve pain, and other related conditions.

IMS is generally safe when performed by a licensed and experienced physiotherapist. However, as with any medical treatment, there is a small risk of complications. Your physiotherapist will work with you to ensure that the treatment is safe and effective for your condition.

The duration of an IMS session varies depending on your condition and treatment plan. Typically, a session lasts between 25 to 55 minutes.

During an IMS session, your physiotherapist will perform a thorough evaluation of your condition, discuss past treatment and successes with treatment, assess movement patterns, assess nerve function, and develop a personalized treatment plan. The treatment involves inserting a fine needle into the muscle to release tension and promote healing. The needle may be inserted multiple times in different areas of the muscle.

IMS can be uncomfortable, but it should not be painful. Your physiotherapist will work with you to ensure that the treatment is comfortable and effective. Mild muscle soreness is normal for up to 48 hours after IMS treatment.

The time it takes to see results from IMS varies depending on the severity of the condition and the patient’s response to treatment. Some patients may see improvements as little as 1-2 sessions, while others may require more extended treatment.

Most extended health insurance plans cover IMS services under Physiotherapy when performed by a licensed and trained Physiotherapist. However, coverage varies depending on the insurance provider and the patient’s plan. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to determine your coverage.

No, a referral from a doctor is not required to receive IMS.

However, some insurance providers may require a referral for coverage. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to determine your coverage requirements.

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