Articles written by Capstone Physical Therapists.

Healthy Hips, Happy Knees

Are you experiencing knee pain while running? A common cause of knee pain is weak hips. Weak hips can cause pain on the front of the knee or the side of the knee 1,2. The hips work to control movement at the knee and weakness can lead to increased pressure and strain on the [...]

The Importance of Posture

Poor posture can lead to many aches and pains, most commonly, head aches, shoulder pain, and back pain. Typical posture deviations that can lead to pain include forward head, rounded shoulders, rounded back, and arms rotated in (thumbs point towards body when hanging down instead of forward). When these positions are maintained in a person the muscles that [...]

Capstone at Bellingham Bay Marathon

Check out our runners' warm-up video! Capstone is pleased to be a part of the Bellingham Bay Marathon this year. We have teams in the 5K, 10K, Half and Full Marathons. Go Capstone!

Compression Socks

Do they help to reduce muscle soreness or improve return blood flow after running? Compression stockings are a popular clothing item for endurance athletics including running, cycling and triathlon athletes. Runners often wear them on the legs during running training and competition or after a race. The belief with the use of [...]

Stretching: Methods and Guidelines

Tissues can become tight or stiff from an activity or with prolonged positioning, possibly leading to pain or difficulty performing simple tasks such as reaching overhead. Stretching is important to maintain flexibility of these tissues, increase joint range, and prevent loss of motion. For an illustrated guide...

Knee Injuries: The ACL

ACL injuries are common amongst high school and collegiate athletes in high risk sports, ranging from sprains to complete ruptures. They generally occur during activities including changing direction while running, coming to an abrupt stop, improper landing upon jumping, and collisions during contact sports.

4 Ways to Prevent Falls

Falls are a big problem. 1 out of every 3 adults over 65 years old falls each year. Falls are also the leading cause of injury, both fatal and non-fatal, in the elderly population. Luckily there are ways to reduce your fall risk.

Exercise and Aging

Exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle for all ages from young to old. As we age exercise is still very important for good health. With increased age the benefits of exercise can slow or stop some of the normal processes that occur as we age.

No Pain, No Gain

Is “no pain, no gain” a good approach to exercise? When experiencing discomfort during exercise, there is a difference between muscle soreness and pain. Most people believe that muscle soreness is due to a buildup of lactic acid within the muscles but it actually develops from the repair process in response to tiny muscle fiber breakdown, or small tears, during a workout1.

Physical Therapy for Headache Relief

Headaches are a common problem and can have many different causes. What many people do not realize is that headaches can start from dysfunctions in the neck and are called cervicogenic headaches. These headaches typically start on one side of the neck at the back of the head and migrate into the eye. They [...]