Maintaining Healthy Habits

Sitting is the root of all kinds of body issues. In The Sitting Disease, by Heidi Roberts, PT, DPT and Katie Roberts, the issue is put this way:
“Extensive research shows that Sitting Disease—or the state of physical, mental, or emotional pain that results from being sedentary—is greatly to blame. You’re probably familiar with a number of the symptoms—everything from neck and back pain to depression, obesity, heart disease, and even cancer…In fact, it has become a veritable epidemic in modern-day society.”
We all sit, and many of us for the majority of each day. Between work and time spent relaxing at home, there is ample time for us to feel the repercussions of all that sitting. But if we take care of our bodies, then we have the opportunity to eliminate pain symptoms and prevent them from recurring.
Here are some healthy stretches recommended by the author:
10-Minute Body Maintenance Stretching

And if you are interested in reading more about habits like these, you can find the book here:
The Sitting Disease on Amazon

Endometriosis: Severe Menstrual Pain is Not Normal

What is endometriosis? How is it treated? Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, epands on these questions and explains which treatment options work and which might not. Check it out!
Treatment Solutions for Endometriosis

Welcome to Megan Thomas, PTA!

Megan joined Healthy Focus in January 2016 and we are excited to have her skills and positive attitude in the clinic. Megan recently relocated to Bellingham and brings with her over 15 years of experience as a PTA. You can read more about her perspective as a PTA in her article from PT in Motion, and learn about her journey to Healthy Focus in the About Us section of our website.

Physical Therapy for Disabilities

People with a disability are less likely to be employed or playing an active part in society. This waste of potential has more than a personal cost. Lack of participation by people with disabilities costs some economies 7% of their gross domestic product.

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy says it does not need to be like that. “Physical therapists have a key role in supporting people with illness and disability to participate fully in society,” says Marilyn Moffat, the WCPT president. “They specialize in human movement, identifying factors that prevent people from being as active and independent as they can be, and then find ways of overcoming them through rehabilitation, science-based exercise prescription, and promotion of physical activity.”

The World Health Organization and the World Bank have said in a joint report: “Rehabilitation is a good investment because it builds human capacity.” Physical therapists can help people fulfill their potential and participate fully in society – whatever their disability or state of health.

Two of Only 154 in U.S.

Julie DePaul PT, BCB-PMD, WCS and Wren Cunningham PT, DPT, WCS, MS are now board-certified clinical specialists in women’s health physical therapy. Only 154 physical therapists across the US were board certified in the women’s health specialty in 2012. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a national professional organization representing more than 80,000 members throughout the United States, established the specialist certification program in 1978. The specialization process and certification is administered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists.

Board certification designates an advanced level of ability that is awarded only after years of experience and continuing education. The process includes a written case presentation and 7 hour exam after 2000 hours of clinical practice in women’s health physical therapy. With this specialist certification you can be confident that your therapists have advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in the area of women’s health. The quality of care and therapy outcomes are enhanced by specialized training so that patients and referring providers notice the difference.

Both Julie and Wren pursued specialization as a personal challenge to demonstrate expertise and feel they have achieved a significant professional career goal. Specialization provides the opportunity to serve as mentors to other therapists and offer leadership in the area of women’s health physical therapy.

How strong are your bones?

Osteoporosis is a common bone disease that affects both men and women (mostly women), usually as they age. When your bone mass is low, bones become fragile and are more likely to break. Some people are more at risk for osteoporosis than others.   You can calculate your 10-year risk of having a major osteoporotic fracture here .

Not all risk factors can be changed, but healthy habits and a proper exercise routine designed by your physical therapist can keep bones healthy and reduce risk.

Physical therapists can play an important role in helping you ensure optimal bone health.

Not only is it important to eat a balanced diet with plenty of calcium and supplement important minerals and vitamins as needed, it is also important to live an active lifestyle.  Exercises that strengthen your muscles also strengthen your bones.

Click here to read more about how Physical Therapy can help to decrease your fracture risk and promote healthy aging.


*If you have osteoporosis, are at high risk for a fall or fracture, or have a medical condition, affecting your ability to exercise, do not begin an exercise program without first consulting your physician and a physical therapist.

Welcome to Healthy Focus PT

At Healthy Focus Physical Therapy we are dedicated to serving you with compassion and skill. Years of experience and professional education demonstrate a commitment to excellence by each member of our staff. Treatment at HFPT is quality rehabilitation where extended appointment times make us unique and allow us to provide integrated treatments in a relaxed atmosphere. Our goal is to help you get better.

Ortho Causes of Vulvar Pain

Dr. Cody addresses women with pelvic pain in her new book, Healing Painful Sex: A Woman’s Guide to Confronting, Diagnosing and Treating Sexual Pain. In it she outlines orthopedic sources of pelvic pain, emphasizing the need for a thorough orthopedic assessment. The process of diagnosis and treatment includes a strong recommendation for physical therapy as the “mainstay” of treatment to resolve pelvic pain.

Coady, Deborah. Fish, Nancy. “Vulvar Pain Resulting from Orthopedic Causes.” NVA News 16.2 (2011): 1-4, 6, 7, 9, 15, 16. Print.

                                                                                                                             Read Article Here

Fall Continuing Education Calendar

Kate Tomlin PT Assistant/ Licensed Massage Practitioner

September 16, 17, 18 in Tualatin, Oregon

Visceral Manipulation for the Urologic Organs

Taught by Ramona Horton MsPT of the

Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute

December 1 to 4, 2011

Vancouver BC, Canada

Visceral manipulation for the Thorax

Level 4

taught by The Barral Institute



Julie DePaul PT

October 21- 23, Las Vegas NV

International Pelvic Pain Society Annual

Fall Meeting on Chronic Pelvic Pain

to Achieve Optimal Mangement of

Chronic Pelvic Pain Disorders


December 1 to 4, Vancouver BC

 Visceral Manipulation for the Thorax,

Level 4. Taught by The Barral Institute


You don’t have to birth children to have incontinence!

Sept 11, 2011

This study concludes that up to 1 out of every 8 healthy women who have not carried or birthed children have urinary incontinence. 1000 healthy, young women (age 16-30) in Melbourne, Australia were surveyed regarding continence status. The results not only concluded that as many as 12.6% of the 1000 women experienced urinary incontinence (UI), it also suggests that UI significantly affects quality of life for these women. This comes from an article shared on the MONASH University website, discussing the incidence of urinary leakage in young women.

Most studies correlate UI with childbirth history, therefore this study is unique in its look at such a large population of young women who do have pregnancy and childbirth as a risk factor. Researchers found that 6.2% of the women reported stress urinary incontinence, 4.5% reported urge incontinence, and 1.9% of the women reported experiencing both stress and urge leakage. Women were more likely to experience UI if they reported bedwetting history beyond the age of 5.

This research is being presented this weekend at the 15th Australasian Menopause Society Congress. This study brings to light the importance of sharing these statistics with younger populations of people and with the healthcare providers who reach these young women.

It may also be helpful to reach out to your local coaches, coaching educators, associations, or high school and college athletic trainers, college athletic directors, school nurses, high school health education teachers, or to life fitness programs at colleges. What better place to start than with the people who are working with our younger women? Through creative education strategies on our part we can continue to increase the public’s awareness so that fewer people have to suffer these issues in silence.

Our current research comes from Herman and Wallace. Check out their website for more information and listing of professional education classes.