Integrative Manual Therapy
What is Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT)?
Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) is a new treatment method that has its roots in physiotherapy and osteopathy. It also deploys manual manipulation and energetic techniques that would be familiar in Asian systems of medicine.
IMT seeks to identify and address the underlying causes of physical, mental and emotional dysfunction. By treating the body as a whole, it engages the body’s natural ability to heal and repair itself. This encourages the flow of blood and energy around the body.
How does IMT help repair the body?
Developed in the United States by Sharon Weiselfish-Giammatteo, IMT uses gentle manual manipulation to promote tissue repair, restore bodily function and normalize the physical structure. The therapy targets all the tissue structures of the body: the bone, fascia, lymph, muscle, nerve, organ and circulatory systems.
The hands-on healing strategy can be used to tackle complex cases that have responded insufficiently to other treatment methods. When we experience injuries, accidents, chronic illness or stress, we may develop physical tensions or spasms. Meanwhile, our immune and filtering systems will be working hard to remove toxins. As a result, imbalances, inflammation and pain can build over time. We may experience exhaustion or fatigue.
Although some patients use the therapy for preventative care, IMT is very useful for both chronic and acute conditions, particularly those that are difficult to treat. It’s often true that one of the body’s systems is overcompensating, causing another to up-regulate or down-regulate. IMT can get to the root causes of pain, stress or emotional strain by treating the systems as an interlinked whole, identifying and treating the root causes of dysfunction.
How should I prepare for my IMT session?
Patients, who remain fully clothed, usually report a sense of relaxation, increased energy, improved functional performance, and greater clarity of mind. Most therapy sessions are 60 minutes. The recommended number of sessions will vary depending on the objective. The end goal is to reduce or eliminate pain, restore ease of motion, and build back a healthier individual.
IMT can yield long-lasting results that help restore health, starting at the cellular level. The manual treatment stimulates the body’s innate self-regulatory ability to initiate repair. If desired, IMT can be expanded in scope to incorporate nutritional, emotional, mental and spiritual therapy. These dietary and lifestyle modifications may augment treatment results.
Other Physical & Holistic Therapies
Conditions That IMT Can Help With
Chronic Joint Problems
Gross/ FineMotor Problems
Headaches & Migraines
Stress and Anxiety
Spinal Cord Injuries
Women’s Health (Including Antenatal & Postnatal)
About Wendy Lam
Wendy is a Holistic Physiotherapist with extensive training in both Hong Kong and the United States. She integrates Physiotherapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Integrative Manual Therapy, Acupuncture and other gentle and effective healing modalities to facilitate optimum recovery and healing in children and adult patients.
With her years of practice, Wendy finds that every individual needs a different “formula” or treatment protocol to help with their specific problem. Whether the pain is acute or chronic, sports, injury or posture-related, with or without numbness or referred pain, she believes that understanding the uniqueness of the individual and the interconnection of different parts of the body helps yield more desirable outcomes.
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