Chartered physiotherapist
Gunn IMS practitioner

James Pinkney is a chartered Physiotherapist and a practitioner and international instructor in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (Gunn IMS), a highly effective treatment for myofascial pain. He qualified as a physiotherapist in 1993 at St Mary’s Hospital, London, having first taken a degree in business studies and worked as an investment banker.

James worked at St George’s Hospital, London from 1993 to 1996, concentrating on musculoskeletal problems, before moving to King’s College Hospital, London where he stayed until 2009. In 2000 he became the hospital’s first clinical specialist Physiotherapist, working alongside the neurosurgical team; a team of clinical excellence that covers London and the south-east of England.

During his time at King’s College Hospital’s he helped set up and run the  spinal assessment service which triages GP referrals from the south-east of England for patients with spinal conditions. He also helped set up the back assessment clinic at the hospital which manages local GPs’ direct referrals. James was part of the spinal multi-disciplinary team which triaged all other specialist spinal referrals into King’s.

In 1998 James attended one of the first Gunn IMS courses to be run in the UK and was hugely impressed by the approach. He has since trained at the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain in Vancouver with Professor Gunn and colleagues. In 2004 he was made an instructor in Gunn IMS and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain. James has organised and taught Gunn IMS courses in the UK since 2001.

Gunn IMS is a key intervention in the management of both acute and chronic conditions as it is a comprehensive approach to all musculoskeletal conditions. James also uses other approaches where appropriate including joint and soft tissue mobilisation including instrument assisted mobilisation, functional training, myofascial stretching programmes and fascial taping.