Tag Archives: exercise

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 […]

Making the case for static stretching

By now you should have heard about the importance of  “dynamic” or “active” stretching before a work out or vigorous physical activity versus the old “static” stretching variety.  (If you haven’t you should read more). If you know what I’m talking about, you can skip to the next paragraph.  If not, let me get you […]

Need a last minute stocking stuffer? How about a Pedometer?

OK,  I know it’s not the most fun gift under the tree, but it would make a great, inexpensive,  gift for you or that special someone to help get them moving!  Remember, it’s all about getting some exercise.  This is what I suggest you do with your new pedometer: wear it with your “normal activity” during the day and […]

Strength Training in Children: Is it safe?

Strength and endurance training for youth has become very popular lately as many are trying to gain an athletic advantage, but is it safe? Well, the answer seems to a resounding YES, if proper precautions are  taken. The results of a literature review on the subject have determined children can safely improve their strength by […]