Integrative manual therapy is a hands-on approach that combines various techniques for dealing with pain, dysfunction, disease, and disability. It is a health care process and method of rehabilitation that works with all systems of the body through a functional and structural approach to correct the biomechanics of the skeletal system and address dysfunction on a cellular level while improving the function of the muscular, nervous, arterial, venous, lymphatic, and energetic systems.
Integrative manual therapy is based on the placement of hands and an understanding of anatomy. It incorporates various physical therapy and osteopathic techniques which can include, but are not limited to, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, muscle energy technique, strain/counter strain, visceral techniques, massage therapy, and manual traction. A therapist uses palpation skills for diagnostics, and then utilizes various treatments to bring your movement potential to a higher level.
Integrative manual therapy is often used in conjunction with other treatment options such as therapeutic exercise including a strengthening/stabilization program, aquatics, mechanical traction, and modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation. Integrative manual therapy ultimately allows the patient to incorporate healthy movement patterns into their daily life.