Seattle Physical Therapist Adam Whitman DPT, PTA

Dr. Whitman received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Indiana University in 2012, and prior to that, a PTA degree from the University of Saint Francis in 2008. Through his education he discovered a passionate interest in the human nervous system and he excels in treatment of persistent and repetitive pains, neck and back pain, and problems with muscular control.

Dr. Whitman believes that there is no “one size fits all” treatment plan for patients who seek out physical therapy, and strives to make sure his patients receive individualized care. He gravitates toward techniques that focus on interpreting the story the body is trying to tell to provide the right intervention for that story. His advanced training includes Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (McKenzie Method), and certifications in Selective Functional Movement Assessment, Graston Technique, and the MyoKinesthetic System (see below for details). Dr. Whitman has utilized these and other techniques to treat everything from the weekend warrior to elite and professional athletes including individual members of the Seattle Seahawks.  Independent from his specializations, he believes strongly that patient education acts as the most potent tool for empowering patients to take control over their pain and improve their function.
During Dr. Whitman’s free-time, he enjoys rock climbing, hiking, local table top and video gaming community participation, expanding his knowledge in various sciences, and cooking elaborate meals.

Dr. Whitman’s Specialty Training and Techniques

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

This evaluation starts with a holistic movement screen, then a follow-up “breakout” examination of improper movement patterns.  This system is centered around finding the location of the problem, as opposed to just treating the area that hurts since so often the location of the symptom is not the same place as the origin of the problem.

Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

Also known as McKenzie Method, this is a classification system designed around finding specific movements that resolve pain.  The system is founded on the idea that there is a direct relationship between your pain and a corrective movement where immediate improvements can be felt and seen.

MyoKinesthetic System

This technique is both an evaluation and a treatment to balance your posture.  The evaluation determines which of the nerves in the body aren’t fully engaging, then resetting the nerve pathway. The treatment is very gentle, requires minimal effort on the patient’s part, and results in significant improvements rapidly. 

Graston Technique

Graston Technique® (GT) is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes. GT uses specially designed stainless steel instruments with unique treatment edges and angles to deliver an effective means of manual therapy.  

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