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What is Active Release Technique® (ART®)

One of my favorite things is feeling a stuck sciatic nerve slide on by and watching the surprise on a person’s face as they move there hip without pain. I love it when a person who can only use the rear view mirrors swivels like an owl the next time they back up after a treatment and it doesn’t hurt. I especially enjoy the concern leaving a person’s face as they step on the floor and their feet do not cause them to wince.

All of us are athletes to some degree in our lives and need our bodies to move and perform well. Active Release Technique® (ART®) is Dr. P. Michael Leahy’s patented state of the art contribution to improving how our bodies move. It improves performance, helps protect against injury as well as speeds recovery from injury. ART providers can be found all over the world including right here in Anchorage at Avante Medical Center with Grant Gibbs LMT, that’s me.

I became interested in ART ® working as a trigger point therapist with a couple of friends that practice it. I kept hearing stories of people getting help with their injuries and performance issues from ART® after trying many things that hadn’t worked well. Experiencing the technique myself, I was surprised at how easily it improved things in my own body.

After a long hike on MT. Rainier, I had pain in my left foot. I thought it might be broken. I worked with another friend who practices ART®. He assessed the area and released a particular nerve, several specific muscles and fascia. After three visits and practicing the recommended self care to keep the area unstuck, I was good to go.

I recently worked with a pilot in his late 30’s. He had injured the front of his hip after a wrong turn off Tin Can in Turnagain Pass had him slogging back to his car. It hurt to walk and he couldn’t lift his leg to go skiing. He responded very well to ART®. We released some nerves and muscles located at the hip that were very dense and stuck together. After two visits and practicing supportive self-care, he was good to go. I saw him in passing a month later and he was back to skiing with no pain.

I treated a very active woman who couldn’t hike with her dogs in the mountains due to hip, low back and neck pain. Over a period of 6 weeks we identified and corrected a problem with her feet and used ART® to get her back to hiking regularly with her dogs with no pain.

I treated a woman who works at a desk, travels and loves to quilt. She had sharp searing pain in her upper back. Five treatments of ART®, a couple corrective exercises and a change in her cutting table ergonomics and she is doing well.

Part of a treatment with me includes finding things we can do that put less strain and pain into the body. I have had many people who use computers often switch to a track ball or vertical mouse (I like Kensington Expert Mouse or the Evolute Vertical). This makes their shoulder and neck so much happier. Putting a pillow at the upper back and pillows on the lap while watching a movie, reading or texting is very relaxing. I call it a Seated Restorative Yoga Pose. Yup, you actually can text and do yoga.

What can ART help?

ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

Feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to http://www.activerelease.com with any questions you may have.

To schedule call 770-6700.

A physical exam and referral from your Avante Medical Provider are required.

We verify coverage for this service if you want us to bill insurance for you.

Aetna and Blue Cross preferred provider.

Sincerely,

Grant Gibbs LMT

Full Body and Long Tract Nerve Entrapment ART® Certified Provider

Avante Welcomes Jenifer Swigart, DNP, ANP, PMHNP-BC

Avante welcomes Jenifer Swigart, DNP ANP PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Jenifer is Blue Cross and Aetna approved and has immediate openings for new patients to her practice.

Her specialties include:jennifer web

• Psychiatric - mental health services
• Treatments for children, adolescents and adults
• Incorporated integrative approaches to traditional psychiatric care
• Offers a range of services to meet patient needs
• Treatment for mental health conditions including, mood disorders, ADHD, anxiety-related disorders, depressive disorders, trauma-related disorders childhood and adolescent behavioral challenges, and more
• Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
• Medication management
• On-site laboratory services, include pharmacogenetic testing
• Psychotherapy (individual, group and family)
• Psychiatric evaluations
• Diagnoses
• Individualized care
• And more…

Jenifer obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from University of Missouri – Columbia School of Nursing.

Jenifer has received additional training in trauma-informed care, the ARC Model and EMDR Therapy.

Many of the local Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners have a three month wait list, as a patient of Avante you will have direct, almost immediate access to her care.

To make an appointment with Jenifer, please call 907-770-6700 or visit the portal at www.avantemedicalcenter.com, where you will also find additional information.

Thank you,

Avante Medical Center, LLC

Avante Welcomes Dr. Patrick D. Brady

Patrick D. Brady, MD is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Brady has extensive experience in internal medicine and urgent care, both in and outside of Alaska. 

After 25+ years of practicing medicine, his warm demeanor and diverse background makes him a perfect fit for what most patients look for when establishing care with a physician. Dr. Brady does not have a background in integrative medicine per se, but works with our certified dietician and will refer when appropriate based on the need and requests of his patients to other members of our medical team or in the community.

After graduation from West Anchorage High School, Dr. Brady received a BS in biology from Gonzaga University, a MS in Human Genetics from Sarah Lawrence College and later graduated with honors from the University of Washington, School of Medicine. After completing his Internal Medicine Residency from the University of Minnesota he practiced traditional Internal Medicine in Anchorage and Homer Alaska. He has most recently worked as a hospitalist in Fairbanks, Arizona, and Montana.

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  • "I have been a patient at Avante for 5 yrs now, and I have only positive things to say about the quality of the care that I receive from the entire facility. From the smiles at the front desk to the efficient lab techs and all of the staff in between. My health has turned around thanks to the care from Kiki Green and Grant Gibbs. Competent, caring and constantly striving for the newest information available to share with me. They embody the best in what I want in Holistic and Modern Medical care - JH 
  • "I came to Avante about 8 months ago when I was looking for a doctor after moving to Alaska, my husband and I saw Dr. Jana.  We were pleased with the office and esp. the care we received from Dr. Jana. It feels good to leave a doctors office not loaded down with lists of new medicines but  positive thoughts of lifestyle changes that will produce better health. I started seeing Tina at the first of November and two days after the first acupuncture treatment I was in the least amount of pain in over 25 years.  Believe me I have tried many different medical treatments some with more success than others.  I am so encouraged to look forward to more mobility and greater health! I feel younger and more energetic. Thank you Avante.  I also love the patient portal and have found that the staff always responds to my online questions." - PM
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I came to Avante about 8 months ago when I was looking for a doctor after moving to Alaska, my husband and I saw Dr. Jana.  We were pleased with the office and esp. the care we received from Dr. Jana. It feels good to leave a doctors office not loaded down with lists of new medicines but  positive thoughts of lifestyle changes that will produce better health.
I started seeing Tina at the first of November and two days after the first acupuncture treatment I was in the least amount of pain in over 25 years.  Believe me I have tried many different medical treatments some with more success than others.  I am so encouraged to look forward to more mobility and greater health! I feel younger and more energetic. Thank you Avante.  I also love the patient portal and have found that the staff always responds to my online questions.

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