Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) is a gentle, holistic therapy used to treat a great variety of conditions, from low back pain to chronic infection to neurologic and developmental disorders. The practitioner uses very gentle pressures to improve compressions and restrictions in the body, which allows all of its systems (including digestive and immune, for example) to function better. This extraordinarily versatile therapy was developed by Sharon Weiselfish-Giammatteo.
Eva Nepal’s newest initiative trains rural health workers and residents in these hands on techniques, which can be easily practiced in homes or modest clinical settings. Our self care protocols and community education sessions, based on the most successful elements of the Kaski Oral Health Care Project, have proved an especially innovative part of this program.
Handovermatter focuses on conditions that are specific to the regions where we work in Nepal. These include gastrointestinal illness, fevers, bites and bruises, and maternal and infant health.
Manual therapy, a treatment that uses hands and often requires more time (and long periods of silence) than conventional medicine with patients, offers an extraordinary opportunity for cross-cultural exchange. In 2012, in the first Handovermatter pilot, American therapists worked with Nepali health care workers, social workers, children, and refugees, both as patients and trainees. The program included patient treatment, community level training in home-care, and intensive training for local health care workers. Read the whole story on our blog.
Over time, we aim to develop the Handovermatter blog as a resource center and clearinghouse of stories for manual therapists of all kinds working across cultures.