Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT): An Integrative Approach to Physical Therapy
IMT is the most efficient and effective treatment methodology that I have found in over 25 years of training in manual therapy- Lisa Klein
The focus of IMT treatment is on removing mechanical strains from every tissue in the body, in order to get each part of the body working the right way. This is all done using the hands, with techniques that are in the category of “manual therapy.” Structure dictates function. This means that when any part of the body is having a functional problem (pain, decreased movement, etc,) there has to be some mechanical/anatomical issue. There is always a structure responsible for any functional issue. There are techniques for every single structure in the body, from muscle to ligament to tendon to organ. IMT is a collection of over 20,000 thousand techniques that have been shown to be effective (through clinical and published research) for individual tissues.
IMT technology includes these techniques and more:
- Myofascial Release: a manual therapy technique designed to release scar tissue and strains in fascial tissue
- Strain Counterstrain: a manual therapy technique designed to reduce voluntary muscles that are in spasm
- Advanced Strain Counterstrain: a manual therapy technique designed to reduce involuntary muscles (arteries, veins, lymph, organ tissue, etc.) that are in spasm
- Muscle Energy Technique: a manual therapy technique designed to realign joints
- Manual Therapy for Central and Peripheral Nerve Tissue: a manual therapy technique designed to reduce and mobilize scar tissue inside and outside nerves
- Lymphatic Tissue Treatment: a manual therapy technique designed to restore normal lymphatic structure and function
- Visceral Therapy: a manual therapy technique designed to restore normal organ structure and function
- Cranial Therapy: a manual therapy technique designed to restore cranial bone, brain tissue, etc. structure and function
- Treatment of Compression Syndromes: a manual therapy technique designed to open individual locks on specific tissues (a highly advanced form of Myofascial Release)
- Treatment for Cell Motilites: a manual therapy technique designed to restore normal cellular physiology (a la a Functional Medicine approach to systemic tissue healing)
As IMT therapists, we evaluate mechanical strains in the body. The mechanical strains show what is happening in the body and also the effect of those mechanical strains on the physiology, anatomy, and function of the patient.
Throughout the process of evaluating and treating, we focus on finding the “why.” The “why” is: why is the patient in pain? Why is there still muscle spasm? Why aren’t things healing? Why is there inflammation? What is the deeper issue that is driving the current functional problem?
When you can figure out the why, you can fix the problem and often dramatically change the physical status of the patient.