Why Integrative Physical Therapy
Why Integrative Physical Therapy
We use hands-on fascial mapping techniques to locate, treat, and heal pain and trauma in every tissue throughout the body. Our personalized assessments and in-depth sessions help patients of all ages and health histories find relief from acute pain, chronic pain, discomfort, and other physical issues.
The focus of IPT treatment is on removing mechanical strains from every tissue in the body, in order to get each part of the body working the right way. This is all done using the hands, with techniques that are in the category of “manual therapy.” Structure dictates function. This means that when any part of the body is having a functional problem (pain, decreased movement, etc,) there has to be some mechanical/anatomical issue. There is always a structure responsible for any functional issue. There are techniques for every single structure in the body, from muscle to ligament to tendon to organ. IPT is a collection of over 20,000 thousand techniques that have been shown to be effective (through clinical and published research) for individual tissues.
Throughout the process of evaluating and treating, we focus on finding the “why.” The “why” is: why is the patient in pain? Why is there still muscle spasm? Why aren’t things healing? Why is there inflammation? What is the deeper issue that is driving the current functional problem?
When you can figure out the why, you can fix the problem and often dramatically change the physical status of the patient.
I have hope that I can have a healthy gut! After years of suffering from IBS issues, I was referred to Lisa, and now five months into treatment, I have seen a dramatic turnaround. Lisa patiently works in partnership with me, and I'm thrilled to be back on a path toward overall good health.
When I first met Lisa Klein I was in a state of chronic, debilitating and mind-numbing pain – I was barely able to work let alone have an acceptable quality of life. First time in my life I've ever been in real pain. Having had an MRI, cortisone shots in my neck, and hours and hours of PT, I gave Lisa's brand of therapy a try – it worked! I am pain free, back to normal and give 100% of the credit to Lisa and her scientifically grounded and artistically administered treatment.
When I attended my first session at Total Health PT ( just over a year ago), I was experiencing joint pain and could barely walk any distance. I had recently been diagnosed with Lyme Disease and my Doctor referred me to Lisa because she said that LIsa could support my healing process…..After 3 sessions, nearly all my joint pain was gone and I could walk pain-free once more….a member of her team next worked on helping to clear the vertigo and 'brain fog' that had plagued me for a very long time…after two sessions, both the vertigo and the brain fog were gone, have not returned, and I continue to experience a clarity of thought which I hadn't enjoyed in years….. Lisa Klein and her team are caring healers who have helped our entire family on the road back to total health and are an integral part of our wellness regimen…..I couldn't recommend them highly enough!
I was diagnosed with dystonia 20 years ago and lost movement in my right arm. All types of treatments at NIH had no effect. For the last six years I have been coming to Total Health Physical Therapy and have made so much progress. I can now move my arm a good deal. The inward pronation, I previously had, has greatly diminished and I’m able to perform all sorts of tasks I couldn’t do before. Now I use both hands in the kitchen, put on jewelry, pull up socks, and use a knife and fork while eating. Life is a great deal easier. My arm was always across my body, either in front or behind my back. Now it’s mostly by my side. Because this is a neurological movement disorder, which I have been experiencing for years, progress is slow but improvement continues. I am very thankful for IMT and plan to do this therapy for the rest of my life. They have really been good to me and good for me.
The first time I walked into Lisa Klein's treatment room, I was frustrated, frightened, and in significant pain. For decades, I sought help from neurologists, orthopedists, osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and physical therapists. No one took the time, nor had the training and expertise, to study my history and look at my body as a singular system to answer fundamental questions about the source of my pain and dysfunction. My world was growing smaller and smaller as I battled to remain functional while enduring daily debilitating headaches and intense neck, shoulder, and hip pain. Lisa was able to quickly determine that the source of my pain was rooted in injuries I sustained in a childhood accident when I suffered a compound tibia-fibula fracture and a severe concussion. She was confident that IMT techniques would bring me the relief I desperately sought. Many hours of treatment later, I am enjoying a life I never imagined I could have. In the words of Emily Dickinson, I am able to "dwell in Possibility." I owe that to Lisa, whose talent, compassion and commitment to healing restored my life.