What Is IMT?

Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT)

IMT can be challenging to understand because most of us would be unfamiliar with it’s methods of diagnostics and therapeutic approaches.  There is no reason to be afraid of risk being involved as IMT never uses  any pressures or movements heavy enough to cause any harm.  It is complementary to any health care you may be receiving and is very gentle and non-invasive.  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 assesses and helps and/or manages pain, helps dysfunction and disability, and can increase a persons chances of healing from diseases, dysfunctions, or injuries they are being treated for by any health care approach.  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 therapeutic modalities are mostly hands-on
  • They use a wide range of hands-on diagnostic and therapeutic methodologies, IMT body-based psychotherapeutic approaches: not talk therapy, and dietary considerations. 
  •  Therapy is 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.
  • Persistent 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 normal function. The patient remains in there own clothes during therapy. 
  • Manual therapy techniques address all systems in the body (e.g., skeletal, nervous, myofascial including all other types of connective tissue, muscular, organ, lymphatic, 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: why the title integrative manual therapy is given 

How Are IMT Practitioners Trained?

  • IMTs come from many health care disciplines, including allopathic  medicine, physical therapy, chiropractic, occupational therapy, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, RN nurses, massage therapist, and other fields.  They receive training from The Connecticut School Of Integrative Manual Therapy in conjunction with mentorship from experienced IMT therapist. 
  • 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 helping patients with complex problems of pain, dysfunction, and discomfort. 

What Are Common Problems Helped By IMT?

  • chronic back and neck pain
  • low back pain
  • back injuries 
  • hip pain
  • wide range of chronic pain
  • undiagnosable or mystery pain  
  • neural tissue or nerve pain
  • pain leftover from surgeries
  • pain from inflammation 
  • scar tissue softening (helps with chronic tightness and pain from nerve impingement 
  • sciatica  
  • migraines and non-migraine head aches 
  • residual effects of concussions 
  • sports related injuries
  • joint dysfunction and pain 
  • tendinitis 
  • arthritis 
  • plantar fasciitis  
  • fascial pain
  • tinnitus or ringing in the ears  
  • Infertility contributed to by fascial dysfunction or cranial sacral system restrictions 
  • restrictions in infants and mothers resulting from birth process: addressed with cranial sacral therapy 
  • anxiety
  • insomnia 
  • Impenetrable stress, tension and tightness
  • physiologic PTSD energy release using specialized IMT techniques: not talk therapy 
  • muscle spasm and muscle dysfunction 
  • tendinitis 
  • ligament tightness 
  • TMJ pain and problems
  • digestive dysfunction contributed to by cranial sacral system restrictions 
  • immune system dysfunction contributed to by cranial sacral system restrictions 
  • sinus problems  
  • Lymphatic issues 
  • chronic vague sense of feeling unwell, or feeling on the verge of getting sick from which a diagnosis has not been found.
  • chronic general achyness 

If you have any questions about IMT, please contact me – I’m happy to talk to you about IMT before a first visit. Your first consultation, assessment, and therapy session is $60.00, which is an introductory offer. This can be done in 90 minutes to 2 hours.  After the first visit the cost is 60 dollars per hour or a dollar per minute of therapy.

You can read more about IMT diagnostics, therapy methodology, and  examples of ailments and their treatments at www.imtwellnesscenter.com 

You may also be interested in my previous post “Some Perspectives on Holistic Healthcare Therapy.”

Hope to see you soon,

David Herring, IMT

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