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556313 405833679486999 1644551293 nBellingham Physical Therapy supports the physical therapy profession and community. All of our therapists are members of the American Physical Therapy Association. We host continuing education classes for local therapists to improve the quality of physical therapy in our community. We mentor future physical therapy practitioners by providing clinical internships to physical therapy and physical therapist assistant students from several schools, including Idaho State University and Whatcom Community College. We also provide opportunities for local college and high school students to volunteer and job shadow, to assist them in planning their education and careers. We have participated in high school and college career fairs to promote health and educate students about physical therapy.

As a part of our local community, Bellingham Physical Therapy supports many local programs and events. We support local athletics, including soccer and ice skating programs, and volunteer services in the training room at Squalicum High School. We contribute to the Arthritis Foundation and participate in their annual Jingle Bell Run. We adopt a family during the holiday season each year through the Lydia House for women and children. We also sponsor booths at local events and races, including the Get Movin’ program for Bellingham Parks and Recreation.

Our employees participate in a vast array of community activities and service. Several promote health and fitness, including participation in Whatcom Sports Commission, Greater Bellingham Running Club, YMCA Strong Kids campaign, strength training instruction at the senior center, and consultation for Team in Training. Many of us volunteer to serve our community with involvement in the Whatcom Volunteer Center ’s Chore program, the Humane Society, Whatcom County Search & Rescue, and the Relay for Life. Employees are active in local clubs and churches, and many contribute to or raise money for nonprofit organizations.

We love Halloween at the office!

John McWilliams & Donnie Shea volunteer at Pacific Coast Challenge

Brittany and Rachel at the Bellingham Bay Marathon

Fun at the local Chuckanut Bay Rugby tailgating club

Scenar Therapy

What is Scenar? SCENAR (Self Controlled Energo Neuro Adaptive Regulator) is a hand held medical device that delivers non invasive, non toxic, computer modulated, therapeutic electro stimulation onto and through the skin. It is a biofeedback device involving no drugs and no surgery that aids the body in the self healing process. The sole purpose of SCENAR Therapy is to stimulate the body's own natural healing process. SCENAR is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine - acupuncture and zonal contact massage - combined with the most up to date electronic technology. SCENAR expertise focuses on the optimal points and zones to facilitate change.

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Essentially, SCENAR prompt’s the body’s own adaptive processes and facilitates restoration of homeostatic function; thereby reducing stress and inflammation and effectively changing symptoms of pain and dysfunction.

Can SCENAR help Me?

If you are in pain - then SCENAR Therapy can help you!

The effectiveness of SCENAR Therapy for Pain relief is substantial and lasts longer than other pain control methods. Macquarie University (in Sydney, Australia) randomized control trial using a SCENAR Personal device) versus conventional TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator) and this comparative test showed 'dramatic and sustained results' with chronic pain reduction, functional improvements and general health restoration.

SCENAR therapy does not treat disease - it restores health. SCENAR therapy involves finding imbalances (asymmetries) in the body and treating them accordingly. SCENAR Therapy does not act upon one specific part of the body or organ, but on the WHOLE body. The sole purpose of SCENAR Therapy is to stimulate the body's own natural healing process.


How does SCENAR work?

Our health relies on the continuous exchange of information within the body. Each and every function of the body is interrelated and works in harmony with other functions - that is until stress, injury or disease disrupts that communication. The SCENAR communicates with all functions of the body through direct contact on the skin, tuning into the body's inner communication, and understanding the body's needs from the signals being sent back and forth.

The SCENAR responds to these signals accordingly with gentle electrical impulses that communicate with the nervous system to stimulate the body's own healing process, so your body can operate with maximum efficiency once again.

This process used by the SCENAR is called 'Reflex Biofeedback', which is an ongoing, reflex conversation that proceeds at real-time, in biological speed and requires no conscious mental activity.

scenar-closeThe SCENAR device sends out a series of electrical signals through the skin and measures the response. Each signal is only sent out when a change, in response to the previous signal, is recorded in the electrical properties of the skin. Visible responses include reddening of the skin, numbness, stickiness (the device will have the feeling of being magnetically dragged), a change in the numerical readout and an increase in the electronic clattering of the device.

The body can get accustomed to a stable pathological state, which may have been caused by injury, or disease. SCENAR acts to activate neuro and regulatory peptides which are thought to reestablish the body's natural physiological state and are responsible for the healing process. As these peptides last up to several hours, the healing process will continue long after the treatment is over. The large quantity of neuro peptides and C-fibers in the Central Nervous System can also result in the treatment on one area aiding with other chemical imbalances, correcting sleeplessness, appetite and even behavioral problems.

SCENAR assists the trained clinician to identify  specific points of imbalance and allows the clinician insight and ability to target the specific area/areas of imbalance.


What conditions can SCENAR treat?

SCENAR has been found to be effective for a very broad range of diseases, including diseases of the digestive, cardio-vascular, respiratory, musculo-skeletal, urinary, reproductive and nervous systems.

It is also useful for managing ear, nose and throat diseases, eye diseases, skin conditions and dental problems. It has also been found beneficial in burns, fractures, insect bites, allergic reactions, diseases of the blood and disorders involving immune mechanisms; endocrine, nutritional and metabolic disorders; stress and mental depression, etc. It is known to give real relief from many types of pain.

Patient Testimonials


Please read the following testimonials from local folks who have happily recovered from various injuries and debilitating pain after receiving care from our skilled clinicians at Bellingham Physical Therapy. Their stories tell you more about our effectiveness and exactly how our physical therapists help people more than anything we could say in a marketing piece.

If you would like to share your own healing story amongst the thousands of patients we have helped here at Bellingham Physical Therapy, please send us your story to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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"My therapist at Bellingham Physical Therapy helped relive my immediate pain and gave me an exercise routine to help correct the source of the problem and prevent further injury. The PT's and staff at Bellingham Physical Therapy are not only professional, they have become my friends.' -- Barb W

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"I love how friendly and helpful all the staff are - it always cheers me up to come in!'

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"I so appreciate the whole package that is Bellingham Physical Therapy. The physical therapists are sympathetic, highly skilled and very effective. The front desk staff is friendly and informative. The location and hours are convenient and the office is bright and inviting.  I have gone from debilitating headaches that would last three days down to about one headache a month. I never would have thought this was possible. I am so very grateful and would recommend Bellingham Physical Therapy to anyone."  -Laura L.

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"Very compassionate and caring, made me feel confident in your care."

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"You and your staff treated me and those coming in, in a professional and kindly manner."

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"You listen to the patient. You ask questions of the patient about the application to be sure progress is successful and not painful.
You care about your patient which is so encouraging and kind.  It means so much.  Thank you to everyone!"

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"Thank you so much for the help with my sprained foot. I found the staff at Bellingham Physical Therapy to be very knowledgeable, caring, and efficient. Your therapy made a vast difference in my ability to walk normally and without pain. Thank you all again for the wonderful service you offer this community."    -Carol N.

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"A big thank you to Clare...
At my first physical therapy appointment, I showed up with a skeptical view regarding the benefits of PT, having had prior experiences that didn’t always help. Following my general practitioners recommendation, I went to see Clare at Bellingham Physical Therapy and was thrilled by the results. I arrived with pain in both knees unable to do the things I love most including running and hiking our local trails, and left a few months later running a 5K and able to enjoy my outdoor activities without reservations. A big thank you to Clare and the staff at Bellingham Physical Therapy for providing a pleasant healing atmosphere and helping me get results; I couldn’t have done it without you."   - Jean W.

Patient FAQ's

Here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions we receive from patients who are interested in learning more about physical therapy and our approach to healing. If you have any additional questions, we'd be happy to answer them for you, just give us a call.

How do I schedule follow-up appointment?
When should I arrive?
What should I bring?
What should I wear?
What if I am unable to make my appointment?
How long will my visits last?
How often will I have therapy sessions?
What types of treatment may I receive?
Will I see the same physical therapist each time?
Will my doctor be kept updated on my treatments and progress?
Am I eligible for physical therapy?
Do I need to see a doctor first?
Will my insurance cover physical therapy

How do I schedule follow-up appointments?

Appointments are made with our front office staff. Please call (360) 647-0444 to schedule an appointment.  

When should I arrive?

If you haven’t completed the new patient forms ahead of time, please arrive at least 30 minutes before your first appointment. If you’ve completed the necessary forms and bring them with you, you may arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

Please bring the following:

  • Completed new patient intake forms 1 & 2
  • Insurance card
  • Doctor’s referral (if needed)
  • Appropriate clothing (see below)
  • Any operative reports
  • Diagnostic tests (x-rays, MRI, etc.)
  • Protocols your physician has given you
  • A list of any questions you might have


What should I wear?

We suggest you bring along appropriate clothing:
  • Shorts are recommended for lower back, knee, ankle, or foot conditions.
  • Women should wear a sports bra or tank top for back, neck, or shoulder conditions.
If you forget to bring recommended clothing, or if acquiring the clothing is an issue, we are happy to provide t-shirts, shorts, sports bras and medical gowns to accommodate.  

What if I am unable to make my appointment?

To accommodate all our patients, reserving time slots for treatments is very important to operate our facilities efficiently. Cancelling at the last minute or failing to show for a session limits our ability to meet the scheduling needs of our other patients. Therefore, it’s important for all of our patients to understand that Bellingham Physical Therapy might charge a $35 fee to clients who fail to show up for an appointment without calling 24 hours in advance to cancel.

How long will my visits last?

Your visit with one of our physical therapists will vary from 30 to 60 minutes.  

How often will I have therapy sessions?

A treatment program typically consists of 2 to 3 sessions per week.  

What types of treatment may I receive?

You may receive modalities as needed (ultrasound, electrical stimulation, infrared and forms of these), joint mobilization, SCENAR therapy technique with therapeutic exercise in many forms and progressions, structured home exercise plans and/or client education. These also encompass intervention. All of our treatment sessions are individually tailored to each client, so it’s difficult to create a “standard” treatment list.

Will I see the same physical therapist each time?

We make every effort to have you see the same physical therapist each time. On the rare occasion that this isn’t possible, another one of our trained physical therapists will cover your appointment as needed, until your primary therapist’s schedule opens up. Less than 5% of our clients see more than one physical therapist for their treatments.

Will my doctor be kept updated on my treatments and progress?

After an initial evaluation, your physical therapist will write a note to send to your doctor regarding the findings, rehab potential, and plan of care. Before each doctor follow-up visit, we will send a progress note with updates and recommendations, regarding your plan of care. These progress notes are sent every 4 weeks as needed. We will also make phone calls, write emails or send faxes as necessary to communicate any necessary information to supports your treatment.

Am I eligible for physical therapy?

Anyone is eligible for physical therapy — it’s just a matter of working out the financial compensation options. We accept private insurance, private payments, Medicare and student insurance. If physical therapy is not an appropriate or necessary solution for you, we will determine this early on and refer you to the appropriate healthcare provider.

Do I need to see a doctor first?

The state of Washington is a direct access state, which means everyone has access to physical therapy without a written order.  If you want to have your insurance cover physical therapy you will need to contact your insurance company to see if they require a written order, prescrition or referral.

Will my insurance cover physical therapy?

We accept most non-HMO insurance carriers, but you are still responsible for obtaining your policy details, such as:

  • What coverage your policy has
  • Your co-payment amount
  • What remainder (if any) you are expected to pay

Learn more about insurance and billing. Still have a question?
If you still have a question that is not listed above, please contact us at (360) 647-0444.  

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