Integrative Manual Therapy
Integrative manual therapy consists of a combination of functional and structural forms of rehabilitation that stem directly from osteopathic medicine (treatment of the musculoskeletal system). The basic concept behind integrative manual therapy dictates that no part of the body functions independently, without being affected by its other parts.
Therefore, integrative manual therapy sees the need to treat the entire body, not only the area of pain and the symptoms that are directly-related to a clients condition.
Integrative manual therapy was developed by a doctor and physical therapist by the name of Sharon Weiselfish-Giammatteo. Her treatment method is based on the philosophy that the body is a self-healing organism. So instead of having a doctor treat a patients symptoms, Dr. Wiselfish-Giammatteo decided that given adequate time the body would give cues and eventually heal itself. Therefore, integrative manual therapy gives patients the resources to heal themselves, with the professional help of an integrative manual therapist.
When a client seeks the help of an integrative manual therapist, the practitioner will observe the signs and symptoms experienced by the client and prescribe a treatment to heal the entire body. For example, if a client complains of a lower back injury, the therapist wont simply treat the lower back. The practitioner will suggest therapies to heal the entire body.
Integrated manual therapy addresses the healing process in an interconnected manner to heal one area of the body, all of its interconnected systems, tissues, joints and muscles must also be balanced. This will harmonize the entire body, leading to a total restoration of the body and mind.
When a practitioner performs integrative manual therapy, they will apply gentle, non-invasive strokes to the body in order to encourage balance and the healing process. The gentle strokes applied by the therapist are more like a soft series of taps along the clients body. This is called listening with the hands and is the primary way that your integrative manual therapist will locate any problems in your skeletal structure the muscles, joints, bones and organs or in your bodys major systems such as the circulatory system, the immune system, the central nervous system, the gastro-intestinal system and the lymph system.