Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) is a structural therapy. This means that, if you think of the body as an instrument, IMT does what a repairman would do: tune the strings and patch the holes. That’s different than what a musician does, which is practice playing. You’re the musician, and just as an out-of-tune instrument limits the ability of any musician to make good music, an out-of-tune body limits your potential for function, even if you’re doing all the right things. Structural therapy like IMT will allow you to get much more out of the activities and exercises you are doing to stay healthy.
IMT works by using gentle pressures to identify and release restrictions and imbalances in joints, muscles, and organs. By increasing blood flow and range of motion, IMT allows the systems of your own body to heal these tissues faster. As a result, not only will you be able to move better, but you may well see improvements in organ function, digestion, respiration, and even mood. These changes can be transformative for children struggling with attention or sensory processing issues.
When you tune a violin, it offers the possibility of better music. Sure, a skilled violinist can make decent music out of a poorly tuned violin. But it’s a frustrating instrument to practice with, and even the best violinist can’t produce his or her best on it. Likewise, once you have less spasm, restriction and tension, and more circulation and range of motion in your body, your functional excises (stretching, moving, exercising) will become more productive.
IMT integrates many different techniques:
- Myofascial Release
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Lymphatic Drainage
- Visceral Mobilization
- Strain-Counterstrain for muscle relaxation
- Muscle Energy Technique
Structural improvements to the body vastly increase benefit of functional rehabilitation, such as strengthening or movement exercise. Have you ever found that certain muscles stay tight no matter what you do, or that you are prone to a similar injury over and over? IMT will help us identify the underlying causes of protective spasm and restriction, allowing for the global rebalancing that leads to long-term healing.