At Integrative physical therapy in Anchorage, AK, we teach you a simple self applied treatment to restore the quality of your life. Avoid narcotics, injections, and surgery. If you want to restore your pain free functional mobility we can show you how. For the last 15 years our clinic has provided treatments you can self apply so that you can focus on your recovery, not the cost. If it involves a joint, muscle, pain, or impairment, we can help you help yourself.
You do not need a referral to start you physical therapy (learn more about direct access)
Click below to read descriptions regarding the tools and techniques we use to get our outcomes. To be contacted by our staff with an appointment time convenient for you just click here.
McKenzie Approach: For many patients we can provide an immediate and lasting reduction in pain on the first visit (read about it here). The McKenzie method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy is an assessment and treatment system. A trained MDT clinician will use the history you provide them, their knowledge of human physiology, and how you respond to specific test movements or positions to better guide you to a path of recovery.
If you read our testimonials you will see that patients who have failed with physical therapy before often see an immediate difference in our approach, and are thrilled with the results. The McKenzie method (also known as MDT - Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy) is more specific, and has been shown to be more effective (Deutscher, D., et. al, (2014), Olivier, L., et. al., (2018)) than general evidenced based treatments used commonly. (learn more HERE)
Deutscher, D., et al. (2014). Physical Therapist' Level of McKenzie Education, Functional Outcomes, and Utilization in Patients With Low Back Pain. JOSPT, 44 (12) pp 925-936.
Olivier, L., et. al., (2018) Effectiveness of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for Treating Low Back Pain: Literature Review with Meta-analysis. JOSPT 48 (6) pp 476-490.
Therapeutic Exercise: Therapeutic exercise is the application of exercises to have a specific clinical effect. These are not generic exercises, such as "core exercises" to treat low back pain. Therapeutic exercises should consist of exercises specifically selected based on your evaluation findings. Therapeutic exercises will be choose and applied to accomplish specific goals. Goals like removing the pressure on a herniated disc, restoring balance between muscle groups, or loading an injured tissue so that it will heal completely and properly.
We have studied with spine rehab guru's like Stuart McGill PhD, and Gray Cook MSPT, OCS, CSCS. These are both clinicians and researchers who are setting the standard for professionals applying therapeutic exercise. In addition, the creator of the McKenzie method, Robin McKenzie was world renowned for his assessment process. The approach rapidly helps discern the specific type of exercise you require. A 2004 study by Audrey Long examined the McKenzie approach and proved patients who were properly matched to specific exercises got better more rapidly and required less medication. See the study here.
Manual therapy: Manual therapy includes many different treatment interventions such as MFR (Myofascial release), manual mobilizations (of joints, organs, or other structures), joint manipulations (a high velocity, low amplitude mobilization that is commonly used by those administering Chiropractic care), and various other forms of massage and soft tissue work. The approach may differ, but the goal is the same, to restore normal and painfree movement to your body. We are excited to have clinicians with a full range of these skills that can meet the needs of any patient.
Our therapist's using MDT will use these techniques to allow your self-treatment methods to be more rapid and effective. Our MFR therapist's treatment will be centered around these techniques. Hands on treatment is essential until your body has achieved a more natural and balanced state.
Medx: The MedX rehabilitation equipment was designed by Arthur Jones, the inventor and creator of Nautilus gym equipment. The MedX line of rehabilitation equipment was created and developed specifically for rehabilitation with an unparalleled ability to isolate weak muscles. It's effectiveness was discussed in the new book "Crooked - Outwitting the back pain industry" written by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin. To see the equipment, and learn more about Med X, click HERE.
Integrative Physical Therapy and Spine Treatment Center, Inc. is currently the only rehabilitation clinic that has invested in this specific equipment. We have "Spine treatment center" in our name for a reason. We do a lot of it. We take it seriously and have invested heavily in the equipment and training required to do it effectively.
PNF: Stands for "Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation". In essence, it is the therapist using specific hand positions, cues, and techniques to get an optimal outcome. Simply putting your hand in one place or another can affect the outcome of a treatment. These are skills attained only with post graduate training. These skills are useful and implemented with all of our patients, both neurological (stoke, CVA's. TBI's. etc.) and Orthopedic (post-operative patients, sports injuries, and neck and back pain patients).
Magic wand: Unfortunately, a Unicorn ate our magic wand so this service is currently unavailable. In all seriousness though, if this existed, we would use it on you. Christine and Nancy said we "work miracles" and according to Marianne, Louis is "worth his weight in gold" (Testimonials). You might be able to get better so quick that it will seem like magic.