IMT practitioners assess patients by using manual (hands-on) diagnostic techniques. IMT diagnostics assess the body's numerous anatomic and physiologic systems independently as well as investigate how these systems are interrelated for each patient's pattern of dysfunction or disease. The diagnostics evaluate various inherent rhythms in the body (also known as biologic rhythms, circadian rhythms, or motilities). Just as a doctor might use a heart beat to gain information about the heart and the cardiovascular system, so too an IMT therapist measures inherent anatomical and physiologic rhythms to assess different systems in the body (i.e. lymphatic, nervous, fascial, circulatory system). For example, the lymphatic system has a distinct rhythm which can be used to identify inadequate immune support within lymph vessels or at lymph nodes.
However, unique to IMT is the ability to discern the state of the body on the basis of these rhythms. IMT total body diagnostics often broaden the scope of investigation from a seemingly local problem to a more regional, systemic and/or multi-system dysfunction. To illustrate, consider a patient who suffers from chronic migraine headaches. An IMT practitioner would assess the patient by identifying all areas in the body which are contributing to the problem. This would include dysfunction at obvious local sites such as the joints and muscles at the head and neck, but might also include breakdowns at the joints of the pelvis, sacrum, and spine, a blood flow insufficiency locally or systemically, tension within the nervous system, an immune system breakdown, or a combination of all or any of these problems. Ultimately, IMT diagnostics determine the origin and/or the underlying cause(s) of pain or dysfunction, as well as the hierarchy in which treatment should ensue for optimal results.
In addition to manual diagnostics, IMT practitioners may also integrate diagnostic tools based on their previous or on-going training, enhancing the multidisciplinary model of treatment used by IMT. These may include Bone Densitometer, Biomeridian (EAV testing), Ultrasound, NAET allergy testing, Korr, Lab Testing and more.
In developing IMT, over the past 30 years, Sharon Giammatteo, Ph.D., I.M.T.,C. and other IMT practitioners have thoroughly examined and observed various patterns of pain, disability and disease. While some patients will exhibit these patterns, others will exhibit unique presentations of dysfunction. Ultimately, the IMT diagnostic approach will enable the practitioner to develop a customized treatment plan for an individual.