ROLFING®

helps clients reacquaint themselves with their body.

Rolfing-Page_04

ROLFING® ALSO KNOWN AS STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION is a holistic form of bodywork developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf over fifty years ago. It specifically works with the connective tissue in the body (fascia) to release, re-align, and balance the body while maintaining integration. Fascia is an intricate web-like network that is interwoven within every layer of the body such as muscle, ligament, organ, and bone, etc., and will change depending on the stresses placed upon it. Manipulating the muscular and skeletal systems are sometimes not enough. When the fascia is addressed, it results in all the structures of the body being affected on various levels and layers, including the muscular and skeletal systems.

Rolfing® is a holistic treatment of deep tissue work that realigns and balances your body so that your head, shoulders, chest, pelvis, and legs are in better vertical alignment. Rolfing® is especially recommended for dancers, musicians, athletes and all those who lead a strenuous lifestyle. People suffering from stiffness, chronic pain, structural aches and physical stress can benefit with reduced or eliminated pain and stiffness as well as a balanced and properly working body.

Brett Thomson Linder is licensed in the State of Alaska to provide Manual Therapy.

Manual Therapy is physical treatment of Medically Diagnosed problems. Most Insurance plans cover Manual Therapy. A Medical Referral/Medical Prescription is necessary. Please contact Alpine Urgent Care and Sports Medicine at 907-344-2400 for more information. I’m available there Thursdays and Fridays.

If you have a diagnosed issue that a Medical Referral/Medical Prescription has been written for Manual Therapy (Procedure 97140) please DOWNLOAD the following form and have your Licensed Medical Professional fill in the information:

2019 Therapy Referral

Rolfing-Page_11
Common reasons to see a Rolfer™:

Vehicle accidents
Sport injuries
Poor posture
Chronic pain
Stress
Chronic fatigue
Work injuries
Whiplash
Headaches
TMJ
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Low back pain
Etc.

Rolfing-Page_13
Consult with a doctor about Rolfing®
if you have:

Embolism
Thrombus/Blood Clots
Hemophilia
Cancer (unless no sign for 5 years)
Hodgkin’s disease
Receiving Cortisone (2-3 months after stopping is okay)
Phlebitis
Aneurysm
Leukemia
Bipolar Disorder


Reported benefits of Rolfing®:

Increased athletic performance
Increased flexibility
Greater enjoyment of the body
Higher level of effectiveness
More vital energy
Better appearance
Weight loss
Less injury prone
Improved coordination
Improved quality of life (less aches and pains if any)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Manual Therapy (97140)?

What is Manual Therapy (Procedure 97140)?

Manual Therapy According to the Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Description of Advanced Specialty Practice. Manual Therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilizing specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/mobilization.

To perform Manual Therapy one has to be Licensed in the State of Alaska.

Most Insurance plans as well as Workmans Comp and Auto Insurance Claims that have resulted in injury cover Manual Therapy. A Medical Referral/Medical Prescription with the Manual Therapy Procedure Code 97140 is necessary. Essentially, Manual Therapy is prescribed by a Licensed Medical Professional.

Brett Thompson Linder, is Licensed in the State of Alaska to perform Manual Therapy (Procedure 97140). I offer this service at Alpine Urgent Care and Sports Medicine. They are LOCATED at 1310 E Dimond Blvd, Anchorage, Alaska 99515.  

To inquire or Schedule Manual Therapy (Procedure 97140) please call Alpine Urgent Care and Sports Medicine at 907-344-2400. I am available there on Thursdays and Fridays.

Manual Therapy (Procedure 97140) is physical treatment that has been Medically Referred/Medically Prescribed. If you are in need of a Medical Referral/Medical Prescription please visit the Doctors at Alpine Urgent Care and Sports Medicine:

Shane Cummings, MD, “Fellowship trained Sports Physician, board certified in Family Medicine, who returned to Alaska after completing a two-year Sports Medicine fellowship at University Hospitals/Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.”

Darius Davis, MD, “Board certified in Family Medicine and practices a program of total body health. Dr. Davis has a passion for education and community service, teaching health education at Anchorage area schools and church groups.”

Rebecca Bingham, MD, “38 years experience as a Family Medicine Doctor.”

Scott Cooper, PA-C, “UW Medicine MEDEX Northwest Faculty.”

If you would like to see your own Physician because you have a diagnosed issue that Manual Therapy (Procedure 97140) can help with please DOWNLOAD Current Referral form and have your practicing Physician or Chiropractor fill it out:

“2019 Therapy Referral”

Most Insurance Plans including the Anchorage School District Health Insurance Plan as well as Workman’s Comp and Auto Insurance Claims that involve injury cover Manual Therapy.

Rolfing® in Anchorage

I’m a Manual Therapist Licensed by the State of Alaska.

I’m also employed as a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ to provide Rolfing® both in a Private Practice as well as at Studio One Pilates (907-770-2639). I work there Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

I work in my Private Practice on Wednesdays (Online Scheduling).

For nine weeks of the year I am in Boulder, Colorado to Instruct a Phase II or Phase III 255 hour curriculum at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® (The School that Dr. Ida P. Rolf started in 1971).

I am licensed in the State of Alaska to provide Manual Therapy. Manual Therapy is physical treatment of a Medically Diagnosed problem. Most Insurance plans as well as Workmans Comp and Auto Insurance Claims that resulted in injury cover Manual Therapy. A Medical Referral/Medical Prescription is necessary. Please contact Alpine Urgent Care and Sports Medicine at 907-344-2400 for more information. I’m available there Thursdays and Fridays.

If you would like more information please visit: Manual Therapy in Anchorage

If you have a diagnosed issue that a Medical Referral/Medical Prescription has been written for Manual Therapy (Procedure 97140) please DOWNLOAD the following form and have your Licensed Medical Professional fill in the information:

2019 Therapy Referral

What are Brett’s Credentials?

I am licensed in the State of Alaska to provide Manual Therapy. Manual Therapy is physical treatment of Medically Diagnosed problems. Most Insurance plans cover Manual Therapy. A Medical Referral/Medical Prescription is necessary. Please contact Alpine Urgent Care and Sports Medicine at 907-344-2400 for more information. I’m available there Thursdays and Fridays.

If you have a diagnosed issue that a Medical Referral/Medical Prescription has been written for Manual Therapy (Procedure 97140) please DOWNLOAD the following form and have your Licensed Medical Professional fill in the information:

2019 Therapy Referral

I am a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ and Rolf Movement Practitioner™ trained at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute®  in Boulder, Colorado. I am also a Certified Cranial Sacral Therapist by Jim Asher at the Colorado Cranial Institute. I’m certified in Advanced Myo-Fascial Techniques trained by Til Luchea and Advanced-Trainings (www.advance-trainings.com). I have formal training in Neuro Mobilization, Osteopathy, Pain Science, Visceral Manipulation, Source Point Therapy, etc.

These trainings allow me to offer not only hands-on Structural Integration and Manual Therapy work but subtle coordinative, energetic, and perceptual work to help clients reacquaint themselves with their body by reducing, if not eliminating, aches, pains and limitations in their daily lives.

In addition to working for myself, Studio One Pilates, and Alpine Urgent Care and Sports Medicine as a Manual Therapist I am an Instructor at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute™. I’m currently working toward Faculty for the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute®. I also served as an Assistant Instructor with Advanced-Trainings, teaching body-workers Advanced Myofascial Techniques for several years before starting the Teacher in Training Program at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® in 2015.

Session Rate?

I am licensed in the State of Alaska to provide Manual Therapy.  Manual Therapy is physical treatment of a Medically Diagnosed problem. Most Insurance plans cover Manual Therapy. A Medical Referral/Medical Prescription is necessary. Please contact Alpine Urgent Care and Sports Medicine at 907-344-2400 for more information. I’m available there Thursdays and Fridays.

Insurance Plans are different and have different deductible and co-pay amounts. Please contact Alpine Urgent Care and Sports Medicine (907-344-2400) for more information.

Rolfing® at Studio One Pilates and in my Private Practice is $165 per session.  Sessions are 60 minutes.

If you’re interested in seeing me in my Private Practice (only Wednesdays) you can schedule online by clicking on the hot button that says “Schedule Today” located at the top of the page near the right hand corner.  Cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

If you have a diagnosed issue that a Medical Referral/Medical Prescription has been written for Manual Therapy (Procedure 97140) please DOWNLOAD the following form and have your Licensed Medical Professional fill in the information:

2019 Therapy Referral

Office Hours

I am licensed in the State of Alaska to provide Manual Therapy. Manual Therapy is physical treatment of Medically Diagnosed problems. I work at Alpine Urgent Care and Sports Medicine (907-344-2400). I’m available there on Tuesdays (3pm – 8pm *Starting August 27th, 2019) Thursdays and Fridays (9am-2pm) by Medical Referral only. 

My office hours at Studio One Pilates are Monday 10am-7pm, Tuesday 10am-7pm, Thursday (3pm-7pm, Friday (3pm-7pm), and Saturday (Saturday’s 10am to 3PM).

I work in my Private Practice on Wednesday by appointment only (9am-6pm). Appointments for my Private Practice can be SCHEDULED ONLINE or by phone 907244-6052.

What to wear?

The work is done with clients in under garments or comfortable clothing with jewelry removed and belts removed.

Manual Therapy and Rolfing® are performed on a padded table, while standing, or while seated on a bench. Clients participate in assisting with movement that their Practitioner during the session is cuing.

How does Rolfing® work?

Rolfing® is process work that is governed by principles to addresses dysfunctions in the connective tissue (fascia) of the body. With specific techniques, Certified Rolfers™ work the entire body over the course of several sessions so as to help the body find a posture and positioning of greatest ease relative to their body.

Rolfing®, Structural Integration, requires a knowledge base from an approved Structural Integration School (http://www.theiasi.net/iasi-schools). A Certified Rolfer’s™ education generally includes includes Anatomy, Physiology, Myofascial Structures, Myofascial Techniques, and Kinesthetics. Certified Rolfer’s™ also tend to take continuing education classes in Cranial Sacral Therapy, Neuro Mobilization, Neuro Pathways, Neuroscience, Osteopathy, Rolf Movement™, Somatic Experiencing, Source Point Therapy, Visceral  Manipulation, etc.

Brett Thomson Linder is licensed in the State of Alaska to provide Manual Therapy.

Manual Therapy is physical treatment of Medically Diagnosed problems. Most Insurance plans as well as Workman’s Comp and Auto Insurance claims involving an injury cover Manual Therapy. A Medical Referral/Medical Prescription is necessary. Please contact Alpine Urgent Care and Sports Medicine at 907-344-2400 for more information. I’m available there Thursdays and Fridays.

If you have a diagnosed issue that a Medical Referral/Medical Prescription has been written for Manual Therapy (Procedure 97140) please DOWNLOAD the following form and have your Licensed Medical Professional fill in the information:

2019 Therapy Referral

Does Rolfing® hurt?

It depends. There may be times when a Certified Rolfer™ or Certified Advanced Rolfer™ works in areas that have tension can be sensitive and intense. Clients often refer to these intense sensations as a “good pain.” Some don’t.

Rolfing® did develop a reputation early on for being painful. There were many factors that contributed to the way in which Rolfing® was practiced in its growing stages. As the times changed more and more was researched with regards to anatomy, physiology, and the human experience. With the evolution of knowledge on how the body functions the Certified Rolfer’s™ and Certified Advanced Rolfers™ work with the individual and their body has evolved also.

The same can be stated for Licensed Manual Therapy.

What does Rolfing® have to do with emotions?

Receiving Rolfing® and Manual Therapy can often stimulate emotional responses in clients that can be mild and practically unnoticeable as well as strong given that it can be associated with a traumatic event. An example would be a vehicular or job related injury. Changes in the body, through various neurobiological mechanisms, affect the functioning of the brain as it relates to the body and vice versa.

What is the Rolfing® “Ten Series”?

The hallmark of Rolfing® is the Ten Series. The goal of the Rolfing® Ten Series is to systematically balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body. Each session focuses on freeing restrictions or holdings trapped in a particular region of the body while building on the progress of previous sessions. A Certified Rolfer™ and Certified Advanced Rolfer™ maintains a holistic view of the client’s entire physical structure during each session, thus ensuring the transformational process evolves in a comfortable and harmonious way.

The Rolfing® Structural Integration 10 Series is a magnificent process that I whole heartedly encourage any one and every one to experience.

Anchorage is home to a lot of talented Certified Rolfers™ and Certified Advanced Rolfers™.  My colleagues at Alpine Urgent Care and Sports Medicine are STELLAR:

Lacie Wortham – LMT, Certified Rolfer™, NASM CPT “Sports Performance”

Ed Toal – LMT, Certified Rolfer™ “22 Years Experience serving communities as a Licensed Practitioner”

John Driscoll – LMT, Certified Rolfer™ “Physical Education Instructor for Anchorage School District”

Brett Thomson Linder – LMT, Certified Advanced Rolfer™, Certified Rolf Movement™ Practitioner, CAMT, “Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® Instructor (working towards Faculty)” 

Bruce Nelson – LMT, Certified Advanced Rolfer™, CAMT, “Advanced-Trainings Faculty” 

Can I get less than 10 sessions?

If you have had an injury or a chronic condition three to five sessions of Rolfing® from a Certified Rolfer™ is suggested so that the patterns and compensations that put stress on the body’s structure can be addressed. Ten sessions definitely allows the practitioner and client to accomplish a much more cohesive, coherent, and sustainable change in your entire structure. In a nutshell Certified Rolfers™ and Certified Advanced Rolfers™ scan the forest to see the tree’s rather to see the tree and miss the forest. When pain and limitation emerge we all know exactly where we feel it. The culprit is generally somewhere else. Certified Rolfers™ and Certified Advanced Rolfers™ address the whole client helping them move and breath better.

Brett Thomson Linder is licensed in the State of Alaska to provide Manual Therapy.

Manual Therapy is physical treatment of Medically Diagnosed problems. Most Insurance plans cover Manual Therapy. A Medical Referral/Medical Prescription is necessary. Please contact Alpine Urgent Care and Sports Medicine at 907-344-2400 for more information. I’m available there Thursdays and Fridays.

If you have a diagnosed issue that a Medical Referral/Medical Prescription has been written for Manual Therapy (Procedure 97140) please DOWNLOAD the following form and have your Licensed Medical Professional fill in the information:

2019 Therapy Referral

How quickly will I feel the effects?

Whether it is Manual Therapy (Procedure 97140) or Rolfing® by a Certified Rolfer™ clients generally report a noticeable change by the end of the first session. Everyone is different though and as such his or her body reacts differently to the treatment.

How long do the effects of Rolfing® last?

It depends. At the end of the series, new patterns of movement will have become possible, and with the client’s new awareness he or she will be able to interact more optimally with the environments of their lives. Some clients choose to return for maintenance as they feel necessary, particularly when injuries happen. Rolfing® lends itself to enhance the clients awareness of how they perceive sensitivity as well as how they interact with the world resulting in longer lasting results. If the client goes back to doing the same thing and does not adhere to some principle of self-care then they might find themselves running into the same issue they originally saw the Certified Rolfer™ for or it might be something that would respond better to another modality or more invasive procedure.

Manual Therapy (Procedure 97140) is Medically Referred/Medically Prescribed physical treatment. The treatment plan is followed and then re-assessed by the prescribing Physician, Physician’s Assistant, or Chiropractic Doctor.

What does a typical Rolfing® session look like?

Each session of Rolfing® is a continuous interaction between client and practitioner. Clients are often asked for feedback on the sensations in their bodies as well as to perform basic diagnostic movements on the table and off to assess and address restrictions. Because of the dynamic nature of sessions, it is beneficial for clients to dress in comfortable loose clothing. Ideally undergarments are best. Some clients choose to wear exercise shorts or bathing suits. In any event, clients are encouraged to wear whatever will keep them comfortable while walking, sitting, lying down, and receiving bodywork.

Manual Therapy (97140) is Medically Reffered/Medically Prescribed physical treatment of an area that was diagnosed as needing soft tissue work. An area is diagnosed by a Physician, Physician’s Assistant (PA), Chiropractic Doctor, or Medically Licensed Practitioner. They write an assessment on the client’s problem area and then refer to a Manual Therapist (State Licensed). The Manual Therapist is given the problem area, how frequent the problem area is aggravated, how it happened, and how it is affecting daily life. The Licensed Manual Therapist and client work on the problem area to bring down the pain scale as well as limit how often the client is agitated by Medically Reffered/Medically Prescribed problem area. The client is then re-examined by the Physician, Physician’s Assistant (PA), Chiropractic Doctor, or Medically Licensed Practitioner that wrote Medically Referral/Medically Prescription

What's the difference between Rolfing® and a traditional massage?

Rolfing® is a holistic process that aims at making long-term changes in the whole-body. Rolfing® involves working with the connective tissue, which is located all over the body. Certified Rolfers™ therefore need to make a lifelong study of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics among other topics in order to best help clients with their body processes. Traditional massages generally aim to relax contracted muscles and provide benefits like improved circulation but do not seek to create the deeper structural changes that are possible with Rolfing® and Structural Integration.

What's the difference between Rolfing® and Chiropractic work?

Traditional Chiropractic work, in a nutshell, often relies on high-velocity adjustments that focus on quickly changing the relationships between bones meaning changes are abrupt (and accompanied by pops and cracks).  Not always, but it can be difficult for some to integrate changes made in this way without any accompanying soft tissue work, as the connective tissue might bring the bones back to their a neutral position. Rolfing® works with the nervous system to allow for more options of movement in the body and ease in the tissue structures that directly affect the position of the bones so as the bones can be in a more neutral position particular to the client. Rolfing® is a great complement to Chiropractic work, since it helps evoke more “space” for more effective and long-lasting Chiropractic adjustments.

Whats the difference between Rolfing® and Manual Therapy?

Rolfing® is a holistic process of hands on therapy that abides by Principles and an Order of Events that work towards DIFFERENTIATING and INTEGRATING the various layers of the body that make up the human structure.

In my practice, clients have tended to find the modality of Rolfing® as a last resort to tackle their chronic pain and inability to move optimally. Rolfing® is an AWESOME process that I am fortunate to provide my hometown of Anchorage and places around the country. Please checkout the rest of the website for information on Rolfing®.

Manual Therapy (Procedure 97140) is Medically Referred/Medically Prescribed physical treatment of an injured area by a Licensed Medical Professional. The Medical Referral/Medical prescription documents a diagnosis associated with pain and limitation.

Manual Therapists that are Licensed by the State of Alaska will follow the Medical Referral/Medical Prescription of diagnosed issue and treatment plan as it was written by the Licensed Medical Professional. An example would be if one fell and hurt there hip in the process and has a hard time walking with out pain. The Manual Therapists would follow the Medical Referral/Medical Prescription to bring down the hip sensitivity and hopefully aid in walking without sensitivity and limitation.

If you have a diagnosed issue that a Medical Referral/Medical Prescription has been written for Manual Therapy (Procedure 97140) please DOWNLOAD the following form and have your Licensed Medical Professional fill in the information:

2019 Therapy Referral

What is Rolf Movement?

Rolf Movement™ is a form of bodywork that provides tools and ways of becoming more aware of movement patterns unique to the client. It includes exploring these patterns and intervening to develop more options. Ideally a well-balanced structure moves fluidly, dynamically, and in alignment with gravity. The body experiences support from below while simultaneously experiencing lift from above. Ideally, the body opens and lengthens for any and every movement we make. For the most part Rolf Movement™ works with coordination and perception. Rolf Movement™ also helps integrate and sustain the benefits of Rolfing® much better then just Rolfing® alone.

As a Rolf Movement™ Practitioner I work with the clients to identify the movement patterns that promote strain and asymmetry in the system. Once these patterns are identified, me, as the Rolf Movement™ Practitioner doesn’t necessarily seek to change those patterns which have served the client well.  Instead, more economical solutions are identified, ones that promote greater balance and efficiency in the gravitational field.  While Rolf Movement™ can be explored by clients who have completed a Rolfing® Ten Series, it serves equally well as a stand-alone tool for achieving higher levels of self-awareness and body coherence.

What is Myofascial Therapy?

Myo” refers to the muscle and “fascia” is a complex web that wraps the various elements of the body. Myofascial Therapy is used to find and release restrictions of muscles and fascia that have been affected by inflammation, tension and trauma. Practitioners position clients so that the strains, restrictions and distortions of the fascia can unwind, thus improving overall function of the body. Myofascial techniques can yield greater mobility, flexibility and range of motion as well as increasing overall health and wellness.

What is Cranial Sacral Therapy?

Cranial Sacral Therapy is a form of bodywork using gentle touch to palpate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. A practitioner of cranial-sacral therapy may also apply light touches to a patient’s spine and pelvic bones. It is believed that this palpation regulates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and aids in “primary respiration.” Cranial Sacral Therapy was developed was in the 1930s by William Garner Sutherland.