Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique (ART)- ART is a patented soft tissue technique that is designed to resolve many musculoskeletal conditions such as headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, tennis elbow, shin splints, shoulder pain, rotator cuff injuries, back pain, neck pain and many more. ART is performed by taking a precise hand or thumb contact on the affected area to tension the tissue as the patient is directed through specific ranges of motion. Most people describe the treatment as a good pain.  For more information, visit www.Activerelease.com


Chiropractic


We offer both spinal and extraspinal manipulation.


Manipulation is a hands-on treatment that requires a small impulse at the end range motion of a joint to restore motion, decrease pain and relax the surrounding muscles.  Sometimes this impulse will result in a popping sound also know as a cavitation. This sound is an exchange of gas in the joint and is usually felt as a relief to the patient. Spinal manipulation has been shown to be a safe and effective procedure and scientific guidelines recommend a trial period of chiropractic manipulation for the majority of neck pain, back pain and associated conditions.


Mobilization is used for the same conditions and is applied with a gentler force and without an impulse.


Interactive Health's providers see many patients in which manipulation is not a part of the their treatment plan. If you would prefer not to have manipulation as a part of your treatment we are happy to use other methods to relieve your pain.  Keep reading for a description of the many services our doctors of chiropractic are trained to administer.


Manual Lymph Drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch or about 4 kPa) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.[1][2]  (from Wikipedia)

Functional Range Conditioning

Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) is a system of training the body's joints to increase their range of motion while simultaneously increasing strength in these newly acquired ranges of motion. FRC can be incorporated for a variety different reasons and to a variety of different people. A few of these reasons are as follows: injury rehabilitation, injury prevention, post rehabilitation to prepare for training, to gain mobility (controlled flexibility), training, to gain general body control and  for joint health and longevity. One does not have to be in pain or have a specific injury to benefit from the multiple applications of FRC.

Weston Hopkins is the only certified FRC mobility specialist in Alaska. 

 
 

Acupuncture

Because acupuncture restores the body to balance and harmony, almost any healing process, whether emotional or physical, can be facilitated by treatment.  The World Health Organization  has endorsed acupuncture as effective for a wide range of hundreds of conditions including:

  • Pain (Back, Neck, Elbow, Knee, Shoulder, Sciatica, Sprain, Tendonitis etc)
  • Headache and Migraine
  • Arthritis 
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Emotional Issues (depression, anxiety, grief, stress etc)
  • Digestive  (gastritis, nausea, IBS etc)
  • Earache
  • Neuralgia
  • Infertility
  • Acne
  • Colds and flu 
  • Insomnia
  • Raynaud Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Meniere Disease
  • Tinnitus
  • Respiratory (asthma, rhinitis, hay fever, sinusitis, bronchitis etc)
  • Gynaecological (PMT, painful period, menopause symptoms, polycystic ovarian syndrome etc)
  • Obesity
  • Morning Sickness
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)
  • Fatigue
  • Smoking Cessation

Rehabilitation / Exercise Therapy


Rehabilitation/exercise therapy- exercise prescription is arguably the most important part of any musculoskeletal treatment plan. This can include: stretching, strengthening, core training, balance or proprioceptive training and/or motor re-programming. At Interactive Health, we strive to get our patients as active in their care as soon as possible. The literature is clear that this is the most beneficial and efficient way to treat the majority of musculoskeletal pain and conditions.


Massage Therapy

Interactive Health offers many different types of massage therapy. Our massage therapy ranges from a light, relaxing, stress relieving massage to a more deep tissue massage for a specific injury or painful condition.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue

Mobilization (IASTM)

IASTM is a form of soft tissue mobilization that uses a tool to increase blood flow and range of motion to an injured tissue to help speed up the healing process. A lotion is usually applied to the skin to reduce friction after which the tool is then lightly stroked on the affected tissues. Usually red spots called petechiae will occur on the skin and is a normal response. The treatment application should cause very minimal to no pain.

Kinesio Tape

Functional Anatomic Palpation systems (FAP)

Instrument Adhesion Release (IAR)

Manual Adhesion Release (MAR)