Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) — Treatment Techniques
When using Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) to treat patients, many different types of techniques are used. The following is a partial list of treatment techniques and what they do.
- Myofascial Release: We use the IMT model of myofascial release, which is an indirect approach. This is the method for removing strains from fascial and other forms of connective tissue.
- Strain Counterstrain: This is the hallmark technique to reduce muscle spasm of voluntary muscle tissue.
- Advanced Strain Counterstrain: This is strain counterstrain for autonomically innervated muscular tissue, including arteries, veins, organs, lymph, and discs.
- Neural Tissue Tension Technique: This technique is used to reduce scar tissue inside and outside of central and peripheral nerves, therefore improving nerve function and reducing acute and chronic pain.
- Muscle Energy Technique: This is the hallmark technique used to realign biomechanics (the movements of bone), from sacrum and pelvis through the cervical spine and extremities.
- Visceral Manipulation/Mobilization: By removing strains that are held in visceral tissue we are able to attain deeper and more lasting changes in the body, as well as changes in physiological function of the organs.
- Cranial Therapy: Treating the cranium is an extremely important part of healing from concussions, traumatic brain injury, whiplash, migraine headaches, and spinal trauma. Cranial treatment includes: specific myofascial release, strain counterstrain, advanced strain counterstrain, neural tissue tension, muscle energy techniques, and more that have been specifically designed for the cranium.
- Myofascial Mapping: This is one of the primary assessment tools used in IMT. “Mapping” the fascial tissue will indicate areas of true dysfunction that need to be treated, as opposed to areas that are secondary.