Category Archives: Spine Health

Improve your spinal rotation with this simple, yet effective exercise

We need plenty of spinal rotation for higher level dynamic activities.  Try this simple exercise to gain flexibility and let me know if you have any questions, Thanks, Ed Deboo, PT Bellingham,  Washington, Physical Therapy

Thoracic Spine Class: October 21st – 23rd, 2016 in Bellingham, WA

The Thoracic Spine ~From the Inside Out~ Weekend workshop presented by Ed Deboo, MSPT and Elizabeth Deboo, MSPT   Where:  2114 James St. Bellingham, WA When:  Meet, Greet & Introduction – Friday October 21, 6:30-9:00 PM, with light refreshments served. Workshop – Saturday & Sunday October 22 and 23, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM What: Lab/Experiential & Didactic Content Cost: $425, 14.5 contact hours […]

Lower back Pain? Try climbing a rock!

Having lower back pain? According to this study, you might want to go climb a rock!! This study looked at 30 people with chronic lower back pain and had 15 of them climb for 10 sessions over 8 weeks (1 hour minimum session time). The “climbing group” demonstrated significant improvement in overall function with less […]

Video to improve your posture and help treat neck pain

Neck pain is one of the most common conditions we treat in our clinic. In addition to manual therapy and cervical stretching, it is important to address any postural influences on neck pain and to learn how to strengthen your scapular muscles. The scapular muscles form the “foundation” upon which the neck and head sits. […]

Is Mechanical Traction effective for Lower back pain?

Lumbar mechanical traction has been used by PT’s and Chiropractors for the treatment of lower back pain, sciatic nerve pain, and disc issues for decades. But is it effective?  If you look at the literature, the answer is NO.   To quote the authors of a study in the February 2016 Journal of Orthopedic and Sports […]

Low bone density from Osteoporosis? Try a weighted vest

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, over 54 million Americans are living with low bone mass or osteoporosis. Since many of my clients are female, this is a frequent topic of discussion. In addition to supplements, medications, and weight training, I also recommend a weighted vest. Women who are most at risk for bone fractures […]

Learn how to bend to reduce lower back stress and strain

As a Physical Therapist in Bellingham, I have seen many lower back pain clients over the years and it can be very challenging to treat and manage.  One of the first things I do is change how you flex your spine to reduce stress by keeping your spine in a neutral position. Check out the […]

Thoracic spine “opener” video with foam roller to help with mid back pain

Our thoracic spine has a natural curve to it, called a kyphosis.  However, this kyphosis often becomes exaggerated as we age and can become very stiff.  This mid back stiffness can cause shoulder and neck pain, scapular pain, and can contribute to postural stress. I have made a video of 2 great exercises to help […]

Does long distance running increase the likelyhood of osteoarthritis?

As spring approaches, so do the opportunities to be outdoors. Running events start to become more prevalent on the weekends and training begins. So, how far is too far when it comes to distance running? Some say that long distance running, such as marathons, increases a person’s risk for osteoarthritis but a recent research study […]

Artificial discs: Not all they claim to be

Lower back pain can have many root causes, with one of them being degenerative disc disease that could lead to an unstable spine.  Up to now, the main surgical treatment of an unstable lumbar spine was spinal segmental fusion.  However, clients now have the choice of having an artificial disc implanted instead. Even though this […]