Integrative Manual Therapy

Integrative Manual therapy is a set of techniques used to assess and treat clients experiencing pain, dysfunction and disability. The use of gentle hands-on techniques allows the body to heal and to restore whole health. 

Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) is a unique set of methodologies, approaches, and techniques that address pain, disease, dysfunction, and disability. IMT is made of a wide range of healthcare practices and is usually best described as a healthcare process. IMT was developed by Dr. Sharon W. Giammatteo.

IMT diagnostic techniques primarily focus on tissue motion assessment and locating areas of the body where normal motion is disrupted. The Physiotherapists at Mainway Physiotherapy suggest what type of therapy is best, by using myofascial mapping (a technique commonly used to locate an injury or a change in the tissue, motion), a trained physical therapist applies the best manual method to treat the injured spot.

What Is The Difference Between IMT and Regular Physiotherapy?

The fundamental way IMT differs from regular physical therapy is that, unlike physical therapy that focuses on curing the injured area alone, IMT looks for the real cause of the injury and removes it in its core. For instance, hip pain can have many reasons. Determining whether muscle pain, joint, fascia, tendon, organ or vessel restrictions cause this hip pain; it makes all the difference in the way the problem is assessed and treated. A skilled and experienced therapist will know the right way to tackle a problem and help the patient feel better soon. When the cause of the pain is adequately detected, the therapist can help resolve it completely. It shouldn’t go unmentioned that, unlike traditional physical therapy that’s often extremely painful and aggressive, IMT is non-invasive and gentle on your body.

How Does IMT Work?

Highly trained manual physiotherapists use their hands to diagnose and treat restrictions in movement of the spine and extremities. Using gentle, hands-on techniques and having a three-dimensional appreciation of anatomy, they can help improve the mobility of the joints, reduce muscle tightness, manage pain and improve function. After undergoing IMT, you’ll feel fantastic. IMT results are long-lasting.

What Conditions Respond Well to IMT?

• Back and neck pain, stiffness in the hips or shoulders, foot and ankle weakness (i.e., Musculoskeletal problems)

• Bladder incontinence, menstrual cramps, digestive issues, acid reflux (i.e., Visceral/fascial issues)

• Patellar tendonitis, rotator cuff tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis (i.e., Overuse syndromes)

• Sleep apnea, snoring

• Headaches: a migraine and tension

At Mainway Physiotherapy we pair you with the proper physiotherapist for your condition. We work with experts like Jacqueline Barrington who is using integrative manual and craniosacral therapy techniques, and Andrew Hoermann who works with advanced manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. You can trust us to provide the best help for your injury.

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