Welcome to Integrative Physical Therapy Services,
Bellingham, Washington

Founded in 2004 by Ed and Elizabeth Deboo, PT’s, Integrative Physical Therapy Services is Bellingham & Whatcom County’s choice for Structural  Manual Therapy.  What is Structural Manual Therapy? We specialize in the treatment of both the pediatric and adult population.

Please be aware that  we no longer bill any insurance companies. Payment at the time of service would be greatly appreciated. We accept cash, credit card, and check.  We charge $150 for a 75 minute Initial Evaluation and Treatment and $85 for 45 minute follow up visits~ thank you! 

Click here to schedule with Ed Deboo, PT

Click here to schedule with Elizabeth Deboo, PT

Make sure you check out our You Tube channel to learn about posture, stretching, strengthening and much more.

Click here to go to the “Front Row, with Ed” on You Tube

Click the link below to check out our You Tube channel for exercise videos to help treat your own injuries

Videos for lower back pain, shoulder strengthening, posture, Myofascial Trigger Points and more.

Check out the latest video, click here.

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Please visit Exercises For Pain Free Living and learn about the very popular online exercise program for shoulder pain you can download instantly.  See the video at the bottom of this page.

What is Manual Therapy?

Manual Therapy is a specialized form of “hands on” physical therapy where the fascia (connective tissue), muscles, and joints are gently palpated and manipulated to decrease pain and restore normal movement. Impaired joint movement may be a result of muscle spasm, abnormal muscle tension (guarding), joint restrictions, poor movement patterns, or muscle weakness.  Manual therapy can be very effective in the treatment of a variety of orthopedic conditions including sports injuries, back and neck pain, and even with chronic pain situations.

The human body must be considered as “one functional unit” where optimal health depends upon the integration of structure and function. We need to realize the importance of how different joints work together in concert to produce smooth, efficient, pain free movement. Since movement restrictions of the fascia, muscles, or joints are most often the basis for musculoskeletal pain (muscle and joint pain), treatment of the most restricted area first would facilitate the biggest changes in function.

For example, when evaluating a client for shoulder pain,  you must consider not only the shoulder joint itself,  but the cervical spine (neck), rib cage, thoracic spine (middle back), and lumbar spine (lower back) as they all exhibit direct influences on the function of the shoulder.

Once the body is free of major movement restrictions, we must develop “new” movement patterns to the correct the old compensatory patterns. In essence, we need to change the way the body moves, create “new memories” and then reinforce correct movement patterns with exercise. For additional information, see Treatment Philosophies.