Integrated Manual Therapy is a system of body work combining massage, myofascial release, soft tissue release and takes a holistic approach to whole body health. Reducing pain & inflamation, improving posture so the body works together as a unit instead of fighting against itself. You will be amazed at how you feel after the first treatment.
As the name suggests, it is an integrated therapy system based on advanced Kinetic Chain Theory.
“The Kinetic Chain is the combined contribution of the neurological, skeletal and muscular system in their efforts to reduce the effects of gravity and ground reaction forces acting upon the body and their ability to produce force in a way that provides for safe and efficient movement” Dax Moy 2009
What this means is that the whole body is one interconnected system or chain working together in harmony to produce movement so we can carry out our everyday living. But since a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, one area of dysfunction can lead to a chain reaction that causes pain in seemingly unrelated areas.
- Having compressed wrist joints can lead to pain, weakness and dysfunction in the shoulder.
- Dysfunction at the shoulder joint leads to overuse of the neck muscles, neck pain and headaches.
- Forward head posture can lead to compressed cervical vertebrae.
- Having a desk job can lead to tight hip flexors causing compressed, painful lumbar vertebrae.
- Compressed lumber vertebrae can lead to neck pain.
- Having stiff feet and ankles can lead to lower back pain and dysfunction.
- Having tight cranial fascia can cause painful feet!!
But it doesn’t stop there; each one of the above can lead to the other. You can see from the above examples that the whole body is interconnected and as one link of the chain is affected it leads to dysfunctions, pain and degenerative diseases further along that chain.
By combining techniques I’ve learned as a Sports Therapist, Personal Trainer, Massage Therapist, Corrective Exercise Specialist and combining it into a holistic whole body treatment Integrated Manual Therapy uses non-invasive, hands-on techniques to achieve and maintain optimum wellbeing and function.
Through advanced Kinetic Chain Assessment (KCA) techniques I am able to discover areas of dysfunction within the various systems of the body and pain and plan out a strategy to return the client back to full health.
Check this testimonial from Catherine after her very first session:
Just wanted to say a big huge thank you. I had my first integrated manual therapy treatment with Marc today and oh my God I feel awesome. I ‘m so much more balanced, sounds odd but I now feel like I’m standing on both my feet instead of just my right one, my hips feel straight and even, and I feel fresh like I could tackle anything. Just to test if I am actually as lose as I feel I tried doing the splits, getting to the floor on my right and much lower on the left in years and I’m not far off with box splits!! Not only that but now when I touch my toes I can put my head on my knees too!!! The best bits are my wrists and ankles feel great and lose and my back which has been giving me some gip for a while after breaking it just over a year ago now feels relaxed and ready to take on the world! Awesome, can’t wait for the next one 🙂Thank you. Catherine