Seattle Physical Therapist James “Jim” Root, PT, DPT, BS

Dr. James Root graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology with a Sport Science emphasis and minor in Psychology. He then continued his educational pursuits at University of St. Augustine, earning his Doctorate in Physical Theray (DPT).

Dr. root utilizes a movement-based treatment approach that incorporates manual therapy, corrective exercises, and current evidence-based techniques such as Myofascial Decompression (Cup Therapy), IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization), and Kinesiology taping. James believes in developing a patient-specific comprehensive intervention program, instilling positive lasting change in the ways his patients use and look at their bodies. With his education and experience in manual therapy James is currently pursuing his Manual Therapy Certification (MTC), from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, so that he may better address his patient Tissue Specific Impairments for restoration of normal, pain-free, functional activity.

Jim is the elite choice for Physical Therapy care in the Queen Anne/Seattle area, for patients of all ages, levels of function, and personal background. Schedule an appointment today to see the positive change that skilled Physical Therapy can bring to your life!


Dr. Root’s Specialty Training and Techniques

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

IASTM is an instrument assisted manual therapy approach that uses hand held tools that provide a mobilizing effect to scar tissue and myofascial adhesions. This technique can help alleviate problems resulting from common soft-tissue injuries such limited motion, pain during motion, motor control issues and muscle recruitment issues.


Myofascial Decompression

Myofascial Decompression is also known as Cupping. It manipulates the soft tissue with a pneumatic pump and plastic vacuum cups that are placed on the skin. Cupping releases the fascia and muscle tissue underneath the skin and can be useful in the treatment of chronic overuse injuries. 

Manual Therapy Certification


Manual Therapy is a specialized treatment approach that consists of hands-on techniques designed to mobilize joints, muscle, connective tissue and nerves in order to facilitate healing and restore function. It has been shown in numerous studies to be an effective and important component of treatment in a wide range of conditions, such as arthritis, tendinopathy (disease of a tendon) and back pain.


Kinesiology Tape

Kinesiology tape is an elastic therapeutic tape applied to the skin to assist in the treatment of pain and disability from injuries. Kinesiology tape provides a compression or decompression of the affected areas, can alter the pain signals to the brain, and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin and decreasing inflammation.

Hands-On Sports Injury, Work-Related Injury, Spine Treatment & Physical Therapy by an Experienced Seattle Physical Therapist

Serving the Seattle neighborhoods of Queen Anne, South Lake Union, Interbay, Ballard, Phinney Ridge, Meridian, Fremont, Wallingford, Capitol Hill, Broadway & Magnolia Bluff

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