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Welcoming Leah to our IPTS team!

Hello everyone, My name is Leah and I am an occupational therapist working with Ed and Elizabeth here at Integrative. My focus as a practitioner is on mind and body, health and wellness. Occupational Therapists or OTs are trained to be able to look at “the whole person” including assessing ones roles, routines, daily activities, […]

Myofascial Trigger Point Class in Bellingham, WA

I have heard from a few people who wanted to take the Myofascial Trigger Point class last January, but had prior plans so……I will be offering the Introduction to the Self Treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points class again Saturday, March, 28th at our clinic, 2114 James Street, Bellingham, WA . The time of the class […]

Reflections, ramblings, and musing from 20 years as a PT

June 4th, 1994, Bill Clinton was President, Monica was rockin’ the beret and I had just graduated from PT school, armed with an arsenal of manual therapy weapons, ready to be unleashed on unsuspecting patients. I hit the ground running with boundless energy and optimism. Then the reality of being a manual therapist in a […]

“Into the Stretch” workshop with Kit Laughlin

We are very excited to be joining Maria and Geoffrey Knight of the Pilates Studio of  Bellingham  in hosting Kit Laughlin Sept 12-14, 2014 for his “Into the Stretch” workshop.  More information regarding registration for the course can be found at   The class is open to everyone and come prepared to take your […]

Attention Golfers!

Fore! Golfing on a beautiful, sunny Pacific Northwest Day in Bellingham is a great activity to keep a person active and healthy. But have you ever swung your golf club only to get a “kink” in your back? A recent study showed that low back pain is the number one injury sustained by golfers. These […]

Just out of breath or could it be Exercise Induced Asthma?

When I was young, I enjoyed athletic activities but was unable to participate for prolonged periods of time because I “could not breathe.” As hard as I tried to train and practice, my limiting factor was always the inability to catch my breath. After having a severe attack, I was taken to a specialist who […]

What do 10 million Americans have in common? Osteoporosis

What do 10 million Americans have in common? Osteoporosis: what exactly is it and how does one prevent it in the first place? As physical therapists, we evaluate to find a diagnosis and treat accordingly. But so many times I think we miss the first step of this which is prevention. What can one do […]

What we can learn from the Sea Squirt

The lessons of the Sea Squirt are repeated often, but it bears repeating as it relates to the ultimate “use it or lose it” phenomenon. The beautiful Sea Squirts can come in many shapes and colors and are from the Tunicate family. They are filter feeders and live off of plankton and other organic material […]

Relationship between Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and neck range of motion

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a painful condition of your arm that is mainly characterized by a variety of symptoms in your hand, including numbness, tingling, loss of grip strength, and pain at night.  The “carpals” are the bones in your hand and they form an arch or tunnel that houses many structures, including the […]

Changing attitudes towards the treatment of osteoarthritis

A fellow basketball player friend of mine originally hurt his back and hip  in high school, about 25 years ago.  He was playing 2-3 times per week, but I hadn’t seen him in awhile until I ran into him at a social function.   Well, over the years his lower back and hip has progressively become more painful and he’s been unable […]