Integrative Manual Therapy

What is Integrative Manual Therapy? What is IMT?

Integrative Manual Therapy or IMT is a unique set of theories, methodologies, and techniques that address pain, dysfunction, disease, and disability. Integrative Manual Therapy was developed and improved ongoing by Dr. Sharon W. Giammatteo Ph.D., IMT.C over the last 30 years. Integrative Manual Therapy encompasses a wide range of theories from many healthcare practices and hones them down to a specific hands-on manual therapy practice. It was devised to address the needs of complex patients not finding success with other modalities. It is a complex and holistic approach that achieves health and healing by taking into account the diverse systems of the human body and addressing dysfunction at the cellular level by finding and rectifying the underlying causes of dysfunction. IMT practitioners use their hands to diagnose and treat clients and take into account the inner workings of the total body with a softer touch.

Integrative Manual Therapy techniques approach healing disability and dysfunction by assisting in the great potential the body has to heal itself by creating the right environment and situation in the tissues. Tissue repair is a normal phenomenon but sometimes needs some assistance in order to complete the necessary self-correction or healing. IMT is a hands-on gentle mobilization technique that does just that, correcting pain, dysfunction, and disability.

Integrative Manual Therapy is unique in that it has techniques to address many different types of structures including fascia, bone, nerve, artery, vein, lymph, organ, skin, and muscle. It addresses both the protection mode or tightening of the body’s tissues around the problem like a splint, as well as the underlying cause. The underlying cause is the pearl in the oyster and is what is important to address to allow proper healing and overcoming of pain, dysfunction, and disability. To illustrate, consider a patient with chronic low back pain not responding to other treatments. In this case, the IMT practitioner would first assess what is the primary issue causing the low back pain. Hands-on diagnostics would reveal if it was the L5 joint space, an organ(colon), a nerve problem, a hip issue, an allergic reaction, or something more global. The practitioner would also look at the L5 disc as well. The L5 disc has multiple types of cells and fibers. Integrative Manual Therapy has developed specific techniques for addressing problems in these fibers. And, when used in combination with bone, joint, and nerve tension techniques, IMT can resolve the low back pain completely. Or for example shoulder pain. An IMT practitioner would assess shoulder pain by first finding the source of the pain. This could be local (at the shoulder), regional (neck or arm), systemic (inflammation of all joints, or immune system breakdown). IMT hands-on techniques would determine where the underlying cause would be and address it to allow the shoulder pain to resolve.

Nutritional wellness may also be a component of Integrative Manual Therapy treatment to allow full recovery.

IMT is a holistic and comprehensive treatment modality that benefits all patients, especially patients who have found limited success with other modalities. Integrative Manual Therapy specializes in Low back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, and other painful joints, migraine headaches, fatigue, sports injuries, learning disabilities, autism disorders, anxiety, allergies, fertility, men’s and women’s health issues, pelvic type pain, cerebral palsy, strokes, motor vehicle accidents, and many other problems. Integrative Manual Therapy can also provide a patient with the tools to help them regain health, mobility, and energy or to maintain these things. That is the impact of physical therapy. IMT has practitioners worldwide offering opportunities for their patients to heal and regain function permanently. Our physical therapists work really hard and offer effective physical therapy services.

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