About Us

Bellingham's Physical Therapy clinic since 1981

Serving Bellingham

Strengthening Community

Business Hours
Mon – Thur 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fri 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

306 36th Street, Bellingham

Bellingham Physical Therapy is a private practice orthopedic clinic, providing comprehensive out-patient physical therapy services. We are locally owned and operated, proudly serving the greater Bellingham community since 1981.

Our Mission Statement

To provide exceptional, creative physical therapy in the treatment of the whole person. To create personal interventions which address the source of problems. Offering innovative solutions, combining the art and science of physical therapy to alleviate limitations of the musculoskeletal system. We look forward to assisting you in achieving optimal health and function.

We believe in providing patients with a professional, comprehensive physical therapy experience:

  • We use a combination of approaches
  • We treat all parts of the body
  • We provide private treatment rooms
  • We focus on treatments that support speedy, long-lasting recoveries
  • We use experienced physical therapists providing direct care rather than employing aides

What we do

At Bellingham Physical Therapy, we focus on the treatment and management of orthopedic disorders

The first and most important component of the physical therapy experience is a comprehensive evaluation. We believe that the patient is the best source of information about their problem. Our goal is to identify the source of your problem. We recognize that pain may be an indicator of problems in another area, so our examination will include a review of the whole system, looking at its balance of structure and function. The examination begins with a dialogue with you to determine the history of your condition and to address your personal concerns and goals. The examination continues with the assessment of your range of motion, strength, tissues/muscles, and neurological standing. It concludes with functional and specialized testing. Your physical therapist then designs and tailors a treatment program specific for you based on your goals, your tolerance, and the findings he/she discovers.

Treatment emphasis is on movement rehabilitation through the use of manual therapy techniques, patient education, exercise instruction and enhancing body awareness. We work with people to find the cause of a problem, realizing that a painful symptom may be the final expression of a related train of events.

We pride ourselves on being a hands-on clinic, with highly skilled and specialized manual therapists. We believe that human touch is an essential ingredient to our evaluations, care plans, and treatment process. We use our hands as the primary tool to assess and treat disorders in the fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, joint segments and the nervous system. Our goal is to restore normal alignment and balance within the musculoskeletal system. We employ specific manual techniques of: joint mobilization of the extremities and spine, soft tissue mobilization/myofascial release, and muscle energy techniques.

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We also provide SCENAR treatment, a hand held medical biofeedback device that delivers therapeutic electro stimulation onto and through the skin. SCENAR is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine – acupuncture and zonal contact massage – combined with the most up to date electronic technology.

To further enhance the gains from manual therapy, we use movement re-education with specific exercises designed to meet the needs of each individual. These are to complement and expand on the gains made from the manual techniques. We strongly emphasize the role of the stabilization systems of the spine for all our patients. A variety of physical modalities are available to enhance the patient’s recovery. These include mechanical traction, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, laser, heat and ice. We strive to educate our patients about their conditions and aid them in making lifestyle changes that are necessary for their future wellness. Our ultimate goal is to maximize patient’s abilities to function and thus improve their quality of life.

Some of the more common conditions for which physical therapists examine and provide intervention and treatment include the following:

  • Spinal injuries or conditions: neck pain, low back pain, degenerative disc disease, osteoporosis, scoliosis.
  • Joint and soft-tissue injuries: ligamentous sprains, muscle strains, fractures, dislocations, pre and post-surgical.
  • Sports-related injuries: overuse injuries, direct trauma in athletes and weekend warriors.
  • Workplace injuries: industrial injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, cumulative trauma, repetitive stress disorder.
  • Arthritic conditions: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, joint replacements.
  • Specific strengthening, stretching, general cardiovascular conditioning.
  • Wellness programs: improving strength and conditioning for life’s everyday challenges.

Our Community

Bellingham Physical Therapy John DonnieBellingham 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.



Our hands are the primary tool to assess and treat disorders in the fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, joint segments and the nervous system. We routinely treat Orthopedic Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy and Work Related Injuries with immediate, long-term, positive results and provide relief for a multitude of conditions and diseases including Sports Injuries, Neurological Conditions, Chronic Pain Management and more. Physical therapists treat different musculoskeletal disorders and conditions that affect the spine and limit physical function. Below are some common conditions and injuries which may be treated by one of our physical therapists at Bellingham Physical Therapy.


  • Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Swimmer’s Shoulder
  • Biceps strain / tendonitis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome


  • Upper trapezius strain
  • Torticollis (wry neck)
  • Bulging cervical disc / herniated disc
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Upper Crossed Syndrome
  • Headaches / migraines
  • Whiplash Associated Disorder
  • TMJ / TMD


  • Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) 
  • Golfer’s Elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis


  • Rhomboid strain
  • T4 Syndrome
  • Thoracic 
  • Low back strain
  • Bulging lumbar disc/herniated disc
  • Lumbar spondylolisthesis


  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITB)
  • Sports hernia (Athletica Pubalgia)
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction – Urinary Incontinence & Pelvic Pain
  • Total hip replacement / arthroplasty
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Greater trochanteric bursitis
  • Lower Crossed Syndrome


  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear
  • Hamstring strain
  • Total knee replacement / Arthroplasy
  • Pes anserine brusitis
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease / Syndrome
  • Chondromalacia patella
  • Knee osteoarthritis 


  • plantar fasciitis
  • achilles teninopathies
  • sprained ankles
  • tarsal tunnel syndrome


  • Upper trapezius strain
  • Torticollis (wry neck)
  • Bulging cervical disc / herniated disc
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Upper Crossed Syndrome
  • Headaches / migraines
  • Whiplash Associated Disorder
  • TMJ / TMD


  • Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) 
  • Golfer’s Elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

What We do


Our specialties at Bellingham Physical Therapy include: 

  • Manual Therapy
  • Back and neck pain/ spine stabilization
  • Orthopedics
  • Sports medicine
  • Balance and falls prevention
  • Bike fittings
  • Video gait analysis
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
  • Headaches
  • Therapeutic exercise/movement re-education
  • Post-operative care/joint replacement rehabilitation
  • Pediatric and adolescent sports medicine
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoporosis
  • SCENAR Therapy*
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*SCENAR THERAPY: The SCENAR Technique℠ can benefit anyone newly referred to physical therapy, as well as those with acute or chronic conditions who have not responded to other forms of physical therapy or medical treatments. We combine SCENAR with traditional physical therapy to dramatically improve the rate and magnitude of recovery from a variety of injuries. This innovative approach has been successfully used on more than 7,500 patients in the past 27 years.