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Ed Deboo, PT, along with two other Bellingham Physical Therapists were profiled in the “Northwest Health” magazine.

“Ed Deboo, PT, doesn’t want to fix people. He wants them to fix themselves. ‘I don’t want you to come in and watch you ride my bike,’ he says.‘I help to facilitate the healing process and remove roadblocks, but you own your own health.’

To read the entire article and view the pictures, please click here to download the NW Health PDF

What’s new in the literature?

I will often come across an article that I think my patients would be interested in. I have included a short summary and then cited the source if someone was interested in the entire article. Enjoy!

The role of sugar in chronic pain and inflammation

As a manual physical therapist, treatment of chronic pain from joint and muscle dysfunction is a daily occurrence. A conversation I had again today with a client was about what she was willing to give up to feel better. Chronic pain is a complex problem that requires a complex solution, not just a simple “cause and effect” solution. It is this complex nature of the body that requires a more encompassing approach to treatment: daily exercises, stress management, trigger point work, stretching, weight control, and diet are all big players.

Although nutritional advice strays out of my comfort zone, I do implore my clients to consider eliminating all added sugars from their diet. But why pick on sugar? For starters, the average American consumes over 150 pounds of sugar a year. Sugar is like sprinkling fuel on the fires of inflammation. Research has shown that chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease and strokes, autoimmune disorders, GI tract problems, and chronic joint/muscle pain just to name a few.

The effects of sugar on inflammation:

*Sugar contributes to the production of Advanced Glycation End products (AGE’s). AGE’s are harmful compounds that are formed when fat or proteins combine with sugar in the bloodstream. This process is called glycation. When AGE’s accumulate in the body, high levels can lead to many diseases including the big A -Alzheimer’s.

*High sugar foods create a spike in insulin levels (to bring blood sugar levels back down) and this begins a chemical cascade of reactions that eventually leads to an increase of C-Reactive protein. CRP is a marker found in the blood and is associated with an increase in inflammation.

*Micro-nutrient deficiencies: Without a deep dive in to all the science here, just realize that Vitamin D, Magnesium, Calcium, and Vitamin C absorption rates are all negatively effected in the presence of a high sugar diet. Remember, Magnesium has a huge role in muscle relaxation, flexibility, and sleep.

Bottom line: take a critical look at the food and drinks you ingest, try to reduce or even eliminate added sugars, and save yourself for the occasional indulgence. Have you already tried to eliminate or reduce your sugar intakes? Let us know if it helped,
Cheers ~ Ed

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Parkinson’s Disease patients safe floor transfers

Due to the changes in functional ability of patients with Parkinson’s Disease, safely transferring up off the floor can be very challenging for both the patient and caregiver. Ed and Elizabeth Deboo, Physical Therapists discuss what to look for if someone has fallen, when to call for emergency help, and different strategies for safe transfers. At the end of the video, there are links to balance, strengthening, and coordination exercises that we should all be doing. If someone has fallen, you must first determine the extent of the injury. Did they hit their head, is there bleeding, any obvious signs of fracture or dislocation, are they confused or in shock, can they answer simple one step commands, and are they in high levels of pain are just a few questions that need to me asked. As the caregiver, you need to be careful to correctly position yourself to minimize your chance of injury. The key is to plan ahead of time and practice floor transfers when you are not in a crisis situation. Please leave any questions in the comment section below and we will try to answer them, thanks for watching, Ed and Elizabeth Deboo, PT’s


Fix your Wrist Pain with Stretching!

The weak link in our upper body biomechanic link is usually the hand or wrist. This video talks about the need to stretch our wrists to maintain normal mobility and flexibility in our daily, active lives. Please let me know if you have any questions, Thanks for watching!

Trigger point work for your hip pain.

A common cause of hip pain are tight knots or trigger points in the gluteus medius muscle. If the gluteus medius trigger points are activated then pain may be felt all the way down the leg. Usually you can work trigger points 3-5 times per week and you should start to feet better with less tenderness after about a week of consistent work. The soreness shouldn’t be overly painful to cause any holding of breath, make sure you can “breath through it”. You should try to follow up trigger point work with stretching and then strengthening after the pain starts to decrease. Please leave any questions or comments down below, Thanks!

Do you have a morning routine? Establish one today with help from Habit Nest

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One of the first things I discuss with my clients is the need to establish a Morning and Sleep routine if they are serious about making meaningful, lasting changes in their lives. We often need help with routines for a variety of reasons but establishing a regular routine can be life changing. This video is specifically about morning routines. Morning routines need to consist of things you think are important in your life and you want to make sure that you do them every day. Ideas include reading, praying, meditation, exercise, walking the dog, stretching, playing with your kids, etc. If you are wanting to start a morning routine but don’t know how to start, you may want to purchase the “Morning Sidekick Journal” by Habit Nest. In the video, I give you a honest review (not a paid promotion), take you inside the book, and offer suggestions on why you need to start your own morning routine. Please let me know if you have any questions,
Thanks, Ed Deboo, PT Bellingham Physical Therapy

Hematoma: Deep leg bruise and swelling

My latest basketball injury involved receiving a deep thigh bruise about 1 week ago.  The bruise then turned in to a hematoma and I made 2 mistakes that will probably prolong my healing about 1 week.  Watch this short video and I hope you learn from my mistakes,


Ed Deboo, PT

Bellingham Physical Therapy

My Top 10 pieces of advice for future Physical Therapists

After 25 years as a Physical Therapist, I’ve become reflective on  a career of great satisfaction, filled with constant learning.  In my humble opinion, here are somethings I feel may be valuable to the next generation of PT’s,


Ed Deboo, PT

Bellingham Physical Therapy

Tired of chronic lower back tightness? Try this exercise routine

Chronically tight muscles often need to be “re-educated” on how to be relaxed again. They can suffer from “muscle amnesia” which can be caused from injury, immobility, advancing age, and even stress. Learn a simple exercise routine you can do daily to help reduce your lower back tightness. Please let me know if you have any questions, thanks!

Ed Deboo , PT

Bellingham Physical Therapy


Having neck pain and stiffness? Check your scalene muscles for trigger points.

Neck pain and stiffness can often be made worse by trigger points or tenderness of the scalene muscles.  Learn now to find and treat your scalenes and reduce your neck and upper back pain. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments,


Ed Deboo, PT

Bellingham Physical Therapy

DIY trigger point tool, the “peanut”

Trigger point pain can be debilitating but can often be treated with self-care massage and exercise.  First you will need to make a “peanut” to make your life a bit easier. Learn how to with the video below:


How to make a peanut for trigger point work


Please let me know if you have any questions,

Stay warm,

Ed Deboo, PT

Bellingham Physical Therapy