PNW Soft Tissue Clinic
851 Coho Way, Suite 306
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 756-0243

Eric C. Root, B.S., SMS, LMP
Susan Root, BFA, RNC

Note: Our practice is closed to new patients at this time,
but you may request to have your name put on our waiting list for new clients.


The Pacific Northwest Soft Tissue Clinic advances the art and science of soft tissue manual therapy to address unique issues that limit function, performance or cause pain or dysfunction. Our integrated approach includes objective methods of evaluating the inter-related soft tissue conditions, providing a means to develop a holistic treatment program and measure the progress of each treatment session.

Art and Science of Manual Therapy:
In today’s modern world, we are immersed in technology such as MRIs, CT scans, PET scans, Xrays, sonograms and many advanced surgical procedures. However, the human touch and hand have amazing capabilities of sensing what is going on in the body, discerning layers and types of tissues, the motility of organs, flow of blood in vessels, the health and function of nerves and other tissues, the inherent restrictions of the body.

Integrated Soft Tissue Treatment
Our practice uniquely integrates objective methods of working and manipulating the lines of restrictions throughout the body, from head to toe. Each tissue has its own unique signature, texture, characteristics, and means of release.

Myofascial Connective Tissue:
Our body structure and shape are determined by the matrix of myofascial tissue that surrounds our muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, organs. This matrix is a singular entity that exists throughout the human body, connecting and communicating with all the tissues that make up the body. Skilled manipulation of these tissues corrects structural compensations, increases range of motion, relieves sources of pain by revitalizing the local tissue biochemistry.

Visceral Tissues (Organs & Associated Tissues):
A body will conform around a visceral restriction and prevent movement through that region and mold the musculoskeletal system to limit stress to that region. We are able to address organ motility (inherent movement pattern of each organ) and organ mobility (freedom of tissues to move within the visceral compartments).

Neural Tissues:
Nerves need to slide within their myofascial connective tissue sheaths. Restriction of the nerves causes irritation (pain and numbness) or major restrictions of movement in the body and dysfunctional alignment and holding patterns. Manipulation releases both the nerves to function normally and the related myofascial musculoskeletal system affected by the nerves.

Vascular Tissues:
Flow of blood to and from organs and tissues is affected by restrictions in the vascular system of arteries, veins, and heart. Manipulation provides a means to balance flow, facilitate lymphatic flow to remove metabolic waste products, release stress on the heart.