What is Physical Therapy and what does a Physical Therapist Do?

Physical Therapy is therapeutic treatment that is provided in circumstances where function and movement are effected by disease, injury, aging or other factors. It uses physical methods of treatment, rather than drugs or surgery. Physical therapist use a physical exam and a patient's health history to diagnosis and attempt to treat injuries and illnesses that limit the performance of daily activities. While managing patient's care, a physical therapist may use specific exercises, manual therapy and mobilization, traction devices, cold/heat and other interventions.  A physical therapist can be of assistance to prevent further loss of mobility by developing a plan for a healthier lifestyle, that includes exercises, that will restore functional ability and maximum movement.  


Dr. Connor Naccarato


Dr. Connor Naccarato graduated at the top of his class in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at University of St. Augustine For Health Sciences in San Diego, CA. He has also earned his Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). These two specializations have helped him develop a treatment style that integrates a hands-on manual therapy approach, with functional exercise and resistance training. Dr. Naccarato joined the team at Northwest Wellness in 2017 to help develop the physical therapy department. He utilizes an eclectic approach in his own treatment philosophy and is excited to be a part of such a holistic practice. He enjoys helping people get rid of their pain and get back to living a healthy, active lifestyle. His clinical background is in treating musculoskeletal injuries, post-operative conditions, and sports injuries. He enjoys working with a variety of different patients, but specializes in the treatment of overhead athletes, runners, and chronic low back pain. Whatever aches and pains might be holding you back, Dr. Naccarato will help you take an active role in your recovery and get back to doing the things you love.

Dr. Naccarato was born and raised in Tacoma, WA. After finishing Physical Therapy school in San Diego, he and his wife Rosemary returned back to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Together, they enjoy living an active lifestyle and take advantage of everything this region has to offer. Dr. Naccarato enjoys running, cycling, soccer, football, snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing. He believes that fitness is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and loves to help people get back to doing the things they love.