Manual therapy is a term that applies to any technique that involves the therapist's hands for assessment and treatment. It is used to restore mobility to a joint, muscle, fascia, or nerve as well as to relax, or activate, muscles. Many different manual techniques are used, often in combination, to help your body begin to move more efficiently. These techniques are generally used first to decrease pain and restore mobility before effective movement retraining and exercise can begin. The therapists at Healing Tree are skilled in a variety of techniques and approaches including Integrative Manual Therapy™ (IMT), Craniosacral Therapy (CST), and Myofascial Release (MFR).
Integrative Manual Therapy™
At Healing Tree Physical Therapy, we evaluate the whole body to determine what areas contribute to pain and dysfunction, because the interconnections of tissue within the human body are often more complicated than they appear. A vital tool in this process is Integrated Manual Therapy, or IMT.
Integrative Manual Therapy™ [or IMT] was originally developed by Sharon Weiselfish-Giammateo, PhD, PT, as a synthesis of different manual therapy approaches from the fields of osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, and chiropractics.
IMT™ as a tool for treatment integrates many different gentle techniques to release restrictions and to help heal the body’s systems on a whole. This unique approach of soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques can affect all of the body's systems including musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, and nervous. These techniques can produce remarkable results beyond conventional approaches.
The fascia is a densely woven connective tissue that surrounds and influences all the structures in the body and is routinely overlooked in traditional therapy. This tissue does not show up in standard tests: x-rays, MRI, CT scans, etc. Myofascial release is an effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle pressure on tissue restrictions in order to release them. This can often be the missing link to eliminate pain and restore motion.
CST is a gentle hands-on method of enhancing the craniosacral system, the membranes and cerebral spinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. This allows free movement of the cerebral spinal fluid through the spinal cord, helping to restore alignment to the body. It is used to treat neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ, chronic pain like fibromyalgia, orthopedic problems, scoliosis, and post surgical dysfunction.