Nina Silverman Physical Therapy
Integrative Manual Therapy

Integrative Manual Therapy is a powerful technology that yields profound results in returning the human body to optimal health. With nearly two decades of successful case studies this unique science brings deep long-lasting results to the challenges of habilitation rehabilitation and illness. Integrative Manual Therapy is health-care technology for the 21st century.

When one thinks of advances in medical technology the first images that leap to mind are often of cold expensive machines or billion-dollar research under the microscope. While such models certainly have their place they can often be enhanced or even obviated by Integrated Manual Therapy. This totally non-invasive medication-free modality uses the most basic of tools -- human hands -- to support the body's innate wisdom to heal itself.

How It Works

It should actually come as no surprise that one of the most advanced technologies for achieving optimal health is organic in nature. After all the human body itself is an amazing technology infinitely more advanced than the computer television cell phone and other pinnacles of modern science put together.

One of the body's most amazing attributes is its ability and propensity to heal itself. (Witness the healing of a simple cut.) Most health problems–whether minor or chronic–simply come down to blockages and other dysfunction that prevent various aspects of the body from self-healing. These might be traits that we are born with or caused by an accident. Also the body's immune and filtering systems can get so overloaded by an environmentally-challenged world that they can no longer process the build-up of toxins. These are just a few of the more common examples.

The fundamental premise of Integrative Manual Therapy is locating the causes of these dysfunction and reopening the body's natural lines of communication. Once this inherent flow is reestablished the body's innate healing abilities also return to optimum. This non-invasive philosophy of Integrative Manual Therapy is a true embodiment of the medical oath of "First do no harm".

Integrative Manual Therapy in Action

Once a treatment plan has been designed one or more Integrative Manual Therapy practitioners begin implementing it. The length and exact nature of the treatment depend on the unique results of Integrative Diagnostics for each client. Patients also play an important role in the effectiveness of their healing process including their willingness to do assigned "homework" on themselves and implement dietary and lifestyle changes.

While Integrative Manual Therapy is a hands-on technique it is distinctly different from other modalities such as massage or classic physical therapy. Patients remain fully clothed. Gentle pressures extensions and rotations are systematically applied to release blockages and other dysfunction. The treatment process is as powerful yet subtle and non-aggressive as the diagnostics process. Equally important Integrative Manual Therapy encourages the body to continue to work on itself even after a session.

Integrative Manual Therapy encompasses to date approximately 20 000 individual yet interrelated techniques that encourage the body to heal itself in various ways and levels. Those individual techniques are organized into systems designed to return specific body components to optimal health. Various systems in turn are incorporated into one or more protocols that become part of a client's treatment plan. In practice these protocols may appear to have little or nothing to do with the obvious problem the body is presenting. Yet this systems approach is key to attaining and maintaining optimal health.

An illness often manifests from a series of events that cause dysfunction on multiple levels. One such dysfunction may mask another until cleared in the course of Integrative Manual Therapy treatment. During therapy sessions practitioners continually revisit the Integrative Diagnostics process in order to assess and treat newly revealed layers of dysfunction. Utilizing these interrelated techniques practitioners are able to address the multiple issues that often affect a client's health.