Tag Archives: physical therapy bellingham

Test your ankle flexibility: Loss of dorsiflexion could be a problem

                        Test your ankle flexibility: After any foot or ankle injury (ankle sprain, plantar fasciitis, foot fracture, etc), you must regain full Dorsi-flexion of your ankle to avoid further injury and to return to full function. Put your foot on a chair and use your arm to put moderate pressure on your knee to bring […]

Learn how to foam roll for hip pain, but watch out for your dog!

Physical Therapy video on how to help your hip pain by using a foam roller, tennis ball, and Lacrosse ball.  Sorry about the interruptions from by dog Romeo! Let me know if you have any questions, Thanks, Ed Deboo, Physical Therapist, Bellingham, Washington  

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 […]

A quick tip to help with Achilles Tendinitis: use a heel lift

  Having pain in your Achilles tendon can be debilitating and very limiting.  I strongly advise you to see your PT for a full bio-mechanical assessment and treatment.  But what can you do now to help?  Just saw a patient with a really sore Achilles’ tendon but she loves to hike and wanted to keep […]

Stretching for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and hand tingling

I give all my patients who have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or any type of hand tingling this stretch against the wall.  The stretch also helps to “floss” the median nerve as well as a great arm stretch.  Let me know if you have any questions and share the video with anyone who might be having […]

Hot/cold contrast bath to help reduce ankle and hand swelling

How to do a Hot/Cold Contrast bath to help reduce swelling: Use only ice for the first 48 hours, then you can use the hot/cold combo. Basketball season means the potential for sports injuries and especially sprained ankles! Saw a young high school basketball player today in the clinic with a pretty swollen ankle. X-ray […]

How to treat your thumb pain. It may not just be arthritic pain.

Ok all of you massage therapists and fellow manual PT’s out there, stop denying your hands hurt at the end of the day! I know my left thumb gets pretty sore at the end of the day, so try the trick I use with the Lacrosse ball on the wall. Check out my latest video […]

Pain under your shoulder blade? Try stretching your subscapularis

The subscapularis is a muscle under your shoulder blade that is often tight with those individuals that have a painful arm or shoulder.  Since the subscapularis plays a big role in stabilization of the shoulder, tightness is often associated with an impingement that can effect the bursa and the rotator cuff.  Check out the video […]

Need clarity to the confusion of medical news in the media? Check out this website

If you are like me, trying to make sound, educated health care decisions in today’s instant access world can  be a daunting task.  We are inundated almost daily with results of studies that claim to have the latest answers to improve our health.  However, not all studies are properly conducted and often the results then cannot […]

The effects of prolonged bed rest on muscles of the spine and vertebral discs

When I first graduated from PT school over 16 years ago, bed rest was still a very popular treatment for acute back pain.  Luckily, over the years, the medical community has taken a much more “active” approach” to treating back pain.  However, there is still a small portion of the medical field that believes in […]