Gunn IMS was developed by Dr. Chan Gunn out of Vancouver, BC. His theories and techniques are taught to medical doctors and physiotherapists through the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. The primary focus of Gunn IMS is to address tissue changes occurring in the body that can be responsible for chronic pain as well as many other orthopaedic conditions.
At the core of Dr. Gunn’s principles is the premise that when tissues do not receive optimal communication from the nervous system they will exhibit dysfunction. Through a detailed assessment by a trained practitioner, these signs are visible, treatable, and often reversible.
Treatment is provided by directing a monofilament needle into areas of dysfunction within a muscle. There are many documented effects of inserting a needle, but two of the most prominent effects are chemical and electrical changes that occur after needle insertion. Chemical changes within the muscle stimulate the body to heal itself. Electrical changes in the area will help a muscle return to normal function and provide feedback to the nervous system to help make systemic and lasting changes in the body. The treatment revolves around identifying dysfunctional patterns common to pain and overuse syndromes and treating a central link common to the cluster of symptoms.
This stimulus can be thought of as resetting, "rebooting", or normalizing the function of the nervous system in order to create longer lasting changes in distribution of load throughout the body and allowing a natural healing process to occur.
Dave is instructs through the UBC Faculty of Medicine Gunn IMS program and has helped train hundreds of physiotherapists and medical doctors in the techniques pioneered by Dr. Gunn. Dave's wife Andrea has travelled to Vancouver to complete her training through the University of British Columbia.