What is Integrative Manual Therapy?
Integrative Manual Therapy™ (IMT) is a system of evaluation and treatment founded by Sharon Weiselfish-Giamatteo, PhD, PT, in the early 1980’s and it continues to evolve today. Using non-invasive, light touch techniques, your body is allowed to tap into its own incredible self-healing capacity.
How Does It Work?
IMT diagnostic techniques are used to assess tissue motion and find areas where normal motion is disrupted. One such technique is myofascial mapping. With mapping, a change in the tissue motion will occur over the structure in dysfunction, and this change can be detected by the skilled touch of a trained physical therapist. Mapping is an invaluable diagnostic tool, and here’s why: Where you hurt is not as important as why you hurt. For example, shoulder pain can have many causes. Determining whether the shoulder pain is caused by joint, muscle, tendon, fascia or even vessel or organ restrictions makes a huge difference in how a problem is treated. How the therapist decides to tackle a problem determines in large part how quickly and completely the problem will resolve.
During Integrative Manual Therapy™ treatment, the therapist imparts gentle hand pressures on specific tissues, allowing those tissues to relax and move in a more normal, pain free way. The therapist must have a good three dimensional appreciation of anatomy in order to set up these forces precisely and effectively. This is truly a case where less is more; because you may think your therapist is doing very little, but notice huge changes in your body when you get off the table and start to move. IMT techniques frequently result in wonderful, lasting physical changes without the painful and aggressive stretching used in traditional physical therapy.
If you have not had success with other more traditional methods of treatment, you will want to make an appointment with an IMT trained therapist who will have a different way of looking at your whole body. When your body is integrated, all systems work well together. The result is less pain, greater ease of motion, and a healthier you!
How Can It Help You?
These are just a few of the common conditions that respond well to Integrative Manual Therapy:
- Musculoskeletal problems such as back and neck pain, foot and ankle weakness, stiffness in the hips or shoulders.
- Visceral/fascial problems such as menstrual cramps, bladder incontinence, acid reflux, and digestive problems.
- Overuse syndromes like rotator cuff tendonitis, patellar tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis.
- Headaches-both tension and migraine.
- Sleep apnea, snoring.