You have chosen to seek treatment with a therapist who utilizes Lowen Systems Dynamic Manual Interface (DMI), developed by Frank Lowen. Your therapist also has other training and other areas of expertise. This information has been developed by our clinic as a guide for patients receiving treatment with DMI. It is being used with permission to assist you with your therapy process.
We request that you read the following carefully, and we may ask you to reread this at certain times during the course of your treatment. Some of our philosophies may be different from others that you have been exposed to on your quest for improved health.
This is, for the most part, a manual therapy practice, which means that hands are the main treatment modality. We may also utilize movement and/or exercise, and may work with dialoguing, as emotional and cognitive issues come up from the work being done on your body. We will, however, refer you to another person more skilled in a particular field, if it is felt that your main issue at a specific time would be more effectively handled by another type of practitioner.
This treatment utilizes, whenever possible, self-corrective mechanisms. We always seek to tap into the body’s ability to heal itself, and enhance that activity. We believe this is the best way to improve health with the least amount of distress. However, there may be reactions to treatment, since there are multiple factors that led you to your current situation. Often, recognition of these reactions is an important part of your healing. A treatment reaction can be perceived as positive or negative. Some clients may feel euphoric, some may feel fatigue or soreness, and some may have emotional responses. Old familiar symptoms may emerge or odd new sensations may be experienced. Emotional reactions to treatment, while unpleasant, can help achieve great breakthroughs in the therapy process. It is often an emotional or mental component of a problem that interferes the most with recovery. When this surfaces and the component is recognized, the emotions can be dealt with within the context of the situation.
It is important to recognize that symptoms do not appear until compensations are used up. The pain and symptoms that brought you in for treatment may be very much removed from the actual situation that your body is having difficulty dealing with.
Let’s say an individual has an old injury involving their back, which hasn’t been giving them, pain symptoms, but left him with very restricted mobility. He may be unaware that there is still damage in their nerves or disks. If his daily activities don’t require spinal movement, he may be unaware that he has significant movement restrictions. He may have come for therapy because he has severe arthritis in a hip and his doctor thinks he’s headed for a hip replacement. When our therapist evaluates this individual, he or she notices that his entire spine is locked up and the client is unable to distribute his weight at all through the pelvis and back. Therefore, every step this person takes puts full impact in the hip. More than the hip, the entire spine needs to be treated. Now, if the therapist uses gentle techniques to restore the movement to the client’s back, he may experience back and leg pain. This was not perceived before because the client had no mobility. At this point, the damage to the various tissues can be addressed, since they are not locked up within a protective process. Without the restoration of spinal mobility, the proper mechanics of gait cannot be restored.
There are also many parts of the body that do not perceive pain or increased tensions. Your therapist will be able to feel relationships in your body that you may be unable to perceive. We are assuming that this is why you are here; if you had a simple problem, your body would have been able to take care of it without intervention. So, while we care about your symptoms, we do not gauge your treatment by all of your sensations, but rather by what we find in our ongoing assessment, and how your body is responding and changing.
We feel that good therapy is a process. We can help facilitate this process and help you explore new possibilities for functioning, but you are the most important factor. We encourage you to participate actively in your program and take responsibility for your health. Consider diet, exercise and activities that will help promote good health. There are also many skilled practitioners who can assist you on your quest for wellness. Feel free to ask us about these options for you, especially if you are at all concerned if they may impact your treatment with us.
What DMI Is Not
DMI is not a substitute for medical treatment. It is not a form of esoteric or shamanic healing. While symptoms may change rapidly and dramatically, DMI is not focused on symptoms, but rather the body’s self corrective mechanisms and its ability to adapt. DMI is not like pain medicine or a cortisone injection…therapy is not an event, but rather a facilitated process that can improve all levels of functioning.
What DMI Is
DMI is an advanced comprehensive form of manual therapy that embodies some of the most current research in the dynamics of the human body. DMI utilizes the body’s self-corrective mechanisms to improve tissue mobility, bio-mechanics and system balance. Practitioners of DMI have learned to feel, interpret and facilitate specific subtle rhythms within the body. These rhythms are the vehicle for communication and regulation. While the basic concepts are simple, the training for the hands and the mind is extensive. Familiarity with anatomical details, bio-mechanics and physiology is important for the advanced practitioner. DMI can help virtually any condition, regardless of age group, and although it is not curative, many situations that have not responded well to other forms of treatment or therapy often respond favorably to this work. DMI is a light touch technique, utilizing a precise interface which has both physical and energetic components. The focus is highly specific, but orchestrated by the tissues and their rhythms. With DMI’s unique method of hand usage combined with a thorough understanding of the organization and relationships of the body, a skilled practitioner can interact specifically with many different tissues of the body for assessment and treatment purposes. DMI is both a science and an art. It is extraordinarily effective from a client’s perspective and both interesting and exhilarating to learn and perform.