Worker's Compensation Board

We are endeavoring to update our directory to make it easier to find Gunn IMS certified practitioners contracted with
your local workers compensation injury claims service provider.
Cross reference to our directory.

All Canada - Directory

British Columbia

Patients and WorkSafeBC - Find a WCB Physiotherapist (Zones) - WEBLINK

See also iSTOP's Careers CPD


WCB Approved Physical Therapy Clinics - Alberta


Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario
Programs of Care are available for the most common musculoskeletal injuries and specific illnesses.  

Programs of Care

Musculoskeletal Program of Care

Shoulder Program of Care

Program of Care for Low Back

Work Safe BC - Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia 

Publication Excerpt

Alternative medicine - Some definitions and evidence for health care benefits guidelines

For Health Care Benefits Guidelines By WorkSafeBC Evidence-Based Practice Group
Dr. Craig W. Martin, Senior Medical Advisor
12th edition October 2009 

Dry Needling, or Intra-muscular Stimulation (IMS) 


Dry needling is a technique that uses needles to treat myofascial pain in any body part, including low back pain. Dry needling involves the insertion of a needle (it can be an acupuncture needle or any other injection needle without injecting any liquid) at the myofascial trigger pain points (not toward meridian points as it is practiced in acupuncture). The needles are removed once the trigger point is inactivated. The activation of the trigger point should be followed by exercises, for example, with the purpose of re-establishing a painless, full range of motion and avoid recurrences. At present, the mechanisms underlying the action of dry needling is still unclear. IMS, which was developed in 1973, is defined as a total system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes (i.e. chronic pain conditions that occur in the musculoskeletal system when there is no obvious injury or inflammation). The treatment involves dry needling of affected areas of the body without injecting any substance. The needle sites can be at the epicenter of taut, tender muscle bands, or they can be near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated and supersensitive. 

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