Integrated Manual Therapy

If you experience chronic pain or discomfort and aren’t happy with the treatments that you’ve undergone thus far, one other type of treatment to consider is massage therapy. But unlike typical massages that are aimed to improve blood flow, oxygen circulation and aid in muscle recovery, the massage therapy known as “Integrated Manual Therapy,” or IMT, is a technique administered by a registered massage therapist for the specific purpose of treating pain, disease or a disability.

Furthermore, IMT massage therapy doesn’t just attempt to help the patient feel better temporarily, but to actually help uncover the root of the problem as a means of better helping the patient. In other words, IMT treatment considers both structural and functional aspects of the individual and their health.

What Can Integrated Manual Therapy Help Treat?

There are a variety of conditions that IMT can help treat, including:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Back pain
  • Digestive issues
  • Headaches
  • Respiratory issues
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle strains
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • How IMT Works

As IMT is different than a conventional massage, the approach must also be different. IMT treatment will begin with a registered massage therapist analyzing a health history of the individual and conducting an interview about the individual’s symptoms as a means of better understanding their particular condition. The patient will also have an opportunity to communicate their goals of IMT to the therapist. After understanding the patient better, the therapist can create a comprehensive massage therapy program to help their condition.

Massage techniques that are administered generally vary on an appointment-to-appointment basis, but generally each session will consist of a soft tissue massage of some sort. During IMT, patients are usually fully clothed. What’s more is that IMT can also be administered in conjunction with other health and wellness programs, such as nutritional counseling and acupuncture to help patients in their recovery.

Following the initial therapy session, patients usually go through an adjustment period, where the body is better able to adapt and respond to the treatment.

In addition to pain relief, many patients also report better movement, better muscle activation and feeling better overall after undergoing an IMT therapy session.

For more information on Integrated Manual Therapy and how it may be able to help you, contact The Health Network in London, Ontario today.