Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT)
IMT can be challenging to understand because it’s unlike other methods of diagnosis and treatment that most of us are familiar with. I encourage you to read “What is IMT?” (PDF), published by the IMT Wellness Center in Connecticut, but if you’re short on time, this summary may help:
What is IMT?
IMT is a unique compilation of diagnostic and treatment methodologies that assess and treat pain, dysfunction, disease and disability. Practitioners identify and address the underlying causes of dysfunction using a comprehensive and holistic approach.
Who Developed IMT?
- Sharon Giammatteo, Ph.D., IMTC
- Thomas Giammatteo, DC, ND, PT, Ph.D.-IMTC
How Long Has IMT Been Practiced?
More than 30 years
How Do IMT Practitioners Work?
- Diagnostics and treatment modalities are mostly hands-on
- They use a wide range of diagnostic and treatment technologies, nutritional programs (i.e. natural supplements, diet, and herbs), and IMT body-based psychotherapeutic approaches
- Solutions are customized to each patient’s needs
Why Does IMT Work?
- Techniques are based on the premise that the body has the potential to self-correct or heal itself under the right circumstances.
- Tissue repair at the cellular level is a normal process that occurs within the body. The healing of a cut or wound on the skin, or a broken bone that heals itself once it has been immobilized, are two examples of this mechanism at work.
- Pain and dysfunction, on the other hand, are an indication that there is too much cell or tissue dysfunction for the body to restore health on its own.
- Sometimes intervention is needed to improve the body’s self-correction mechanisms.
Can You Explain More About the Methods?
- Techniques are manual (hands-on), and generally involve gentle manipulative techniques to promote tissue repair, normalize structure, and restore function.
- Manual therapy techniques work for all systems in the body (e.g., bone, nerve, fascia, muscle, organ, lymph and circulatory systems).
- As each tissue type in the body has unique requirements for healing, tissue-specific techniques are used to yield optimal results.
- Often multiple systems are addressed to facilitate recovery, as a dysfunction in one system may influence or be influenced by a problem in another system.
How Are IMT Practitioners Trained?
- IMTs come from many health care disciplines, including Western medicine, physical therapy, chiropractic, occupational therapy naturopathy, acupuncture, Chinese medicine and other fields.
- Most IMT-trained therapists practice IMT as a specialization, and integrate IMT into their regular health care practices
Who Benefits from IMT?
All types of patients benefit from IMT. In many cases, patients who seek IMT have undergone previous treatments with limited success and find IMT to be a sustainable answer to their health care needs. IMT practitioners specialize in treating complex patients.
What Are Common Ailments Treated By IMT?
- chronic back pain
- migraine headaches
- learning disabilities
- autism, diabetes
- sports related injuries
- chronic fatigue
- fertility and women’s health needs
- cerebral palsy
- spinal cord injuries
- anxiety and many other problems
If you have any questions about IMT, please contact me – I’m happy to talk to you about IMT and if you’d like to see if it’s right for you, your first consultation, assessment, and therapy session is free!
You may also be interested in my previous post “Some Perspectives on Holistic Healthcare Therapy.”
Hope to see you soon,
David Herring, IMT