By Mark Yanai

My Clinical Experience

IMAG1767 Lauren Palang, SPT from Northeastern University

* Lauren has been my student for the past three months. She is in her last year as a physical therapy student and just completed her internship with Fukuji & Lum last week. In this week’s blog, she writes about her experience with us at our WORC site. ~ Mark Yanai, MPT

Choosing a site for my internship was not the easiest task, but when I saw that I had an opportunity to carry out my second clinical education experience at Fukuji and Lum PT in Hawaii, I knew that choosing this site was a MUST! Working for F&L has been a great experience in every way possible. With the clinic being right on the bay, waking up early to get to work was a piece of cake. Imagining that the first day of my clinical was going to be nerve wrecking, I ended ended the day knowing that I would fit right in.

The site I chose is mainly a worker’s comp clinic, so I was not sure what to expect as I am unfamiliar with working in this type of setting. After a couple weeks, I realized it is no different than any of my past experiences. Throughout my time with F&L I have learned new manual techniques, various outlets to aid with therapeutic exercises, and my clinical reasoning has been challenged with different patient diagnoses. From a simple wrist strain to spinal surgery, the wide range of diagnoses has taught me a lot. Also, F&L’s work conditioning/work hardening program is one that I experienced here for the first time. It allowed for a great learning experience as it kept me on my toes with each patient’s plan of care. Since patients often stay for durations of two to fours hours, each session had to be switched up in order to keep the patient motivated and entertained with the goal of a work simulation type of session.

Beyond the educational realm of physical therapy, I have also learned a lot about the Hawaiian culture. From the insights of all my patients, whether they were true locals or born somewhere other than the islands, each and every patient was kind enough to share their stories and offer friendly advice about things to do and sites to see.

Overall being a part of the Fukuji and Lum Ohana and living on the island these past few months, has been nothing but amazing. My clinical instructors and the support staff did not miss a step on making my time at the clinic a continuous learning experience. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn from a great staff and live in paradise for a few months, to definitely take this opportunity as you wont regret it. This internship is one that I will never forget.


By Deb Matsuura

Aquatic Physical Therapy Program making a big splash at new pool!


F&L’s Aquatic Physical Therapy Program has officially moved to the Kokokahi YWCA pool. Aquatic Therapy treats most conditions and injuries, helping patients improve their balance, strength and flexibility through therapeutic exercises in the water.  The newly resurfaced pool is heated to 86-88 degrees and has a chair lift to accommodate those who need assistance entering the pool.

Come and check us out at the pool during the week:



Mon, Wed. 9:30am-11:30am

Tues, Thurs. 1:30pm-4:30pm

Fri. 8:30-11:30am





By Deb Matsuura

Congratulations “Donate to Win” Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of our “Donate to Win” drawing! We hope you enjoy your FREE one-hour massage. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the “Donate to Win” drawing during PT Month in October. F&L will be giving your generous donations to two local charities. There’s not a more perfect time for your donations than during the holiday season. We greatly appreciate your tremendous effort toward our “Spread the Aloha” campaign and look forward to having the same support in upcoming events.


By Mark Yanai

High Acceleration – Low Amplitude

This weekend, myself and two of our therapists spent the last few days learning manipulation techniques from Erl Pettman, PT, MCSP, MCPA, FCAMT, founder and faculty member of NAIOMT (North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy). Twice a year, Fukuji and Lum hosts this PT educational program on Oahu. Erl himself, has been coming to Hawaii for the past twenty years, traveling from his clinic in Abbotsford, Canada, to teach students to become certified manual therapists by the .


I first met Erl five years ago when I took the Level I class for the NAIOMT certification. NAIOMT is one of the toughest manual therapy certifications that a PT can acquire. The course this weekend and next will cover six days of advanced techniques to equip us with the skills to perform high acceleration, low amplitude thrust techniques to the spine, ribs, and pelvis. These techniques require a high level of knowledge and skill that are acquired through the three previous levels of classes and testing.

While the class is physically and mentally challenging, it is perhaps the most rewarding learning experience of my professional career. I definitely  will use the knowledge that Erl has given me on a daily basis and consider him my clinical mentor. I hope to hone these techniques in the next few months to master them before taking my certification exam.


By Deb Matsuura

Downtown Decadence Benefit for the YWCA


Downtown Decadence: A night of food, fashion and fun to benefit the YWCA. On Friday, October 18th, Fukuji & Lum volunteered their massage services for this extravagant and inspiring fundraising event. Two of our massage therapists, Lallie Sinay and Lisa Yamasaki, gave guests therapeutic and relaxing massages throughout the evening. They had a great time making people feel great and loved being part of such a wonderful decadent experience! Fukuji & Lum hopes to be a part of this event again next year.

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By Deb Matsuura

Celebrating Physical Therapy Month

Every October, Fukuji & Lum staff look forward to celebrating their profession with a month full of EXTREME HALLOWEEN FUN, CRAZY FASHION and TEAM SPIRIT! Each clinic celebrates PT Month by participating in Spirit Days throughout the month. From Wacky Hair Day to Pattern Confusion Day, staff are given the opportunity to show off their creative side. As for Halloween, the staff picked this year’s theme to be “Arcade Adventures of F&L”. Staff will be dressing up as arcade game characters. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see all the craziness that goes on at our clinics!!
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By Mark Yanai

Paying It Back

Fukuji & Lum PT has always been an organization that has given back to its profession. We recognize that we have been blessed with an opportunity to deliver a service that has a significant impact on our community. Whether its organizing a free car wash or providing therapy screenings at a health fair, F&L believes in the value of giving back to our community.

F&L also values community education and one of the most important components to our organization is our student volunteer and intership program. These programs focus on developing future physical therapists. We have developed relationships with several universities and colleges to take interns as part of their curriculum as a requirement for their graduation. We also offer opportunities to high school and college students who are interested in learning about the profession to observe first hand what physical therapists do. Currently we have students from Pacific University, Northeastern University and Northwestern University.

October is Physical Therapy Month and you will see several of our therapists and students involved in different activities to recognize our profession. Please help us celebrate this special month by making our students feel welcome and part of our ohana.


By Deb Matsuura

October is Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month and the clinics of Fukuji & Lum Physical Therapy are having a “Spread the Aloha” drive, collecting various donation items each week to support local charities. For our staff at F&L, this drive gives us the opportunity to provide services to those less fortunate in ways other than direct clinical care. We want them to have footwear, clothing, toiletries and other necessities that will help them to be healthier, more active and improve their overall quality of life.

If you are near one of our four locations on Oahu, please fell free to stop by and make a donation.  You can also enter our drawing for a FREE one-hour massage for any weekly donation you make.

Donation Schedule: Items must be gently-used or unused…Thank you in advance for your donations.

Week 1 Oct 1st – Oct 5th Donate SOCKS/SHOES/SLIPPERS

Week 2 Oct 7th – Oct 12th Donate CLOTHES/ACCESSORIES

Week 3 Oct 14th – Oct 19th Donate BED & BATH ITEMS (Linen and toiletries)

Week 4 Oct 21th – Oct 26th Donate BOOKS/TOYS/DVDS/GAMES

Week 5 Oct 28th – Oct 31st Donate SPORTS AND FITNESS GEAR/EQUIPMENT



By Deb Matsuura

Osaka Kawasaki Rehabilitation University Students Visit Fukuji & Lum


Fukuji and Lum Physical Therapy hosted physical therapist students and faculty members from Osaka Kawasaki Rehabilitation University on September 13, 2013. The students observed treatments such as joint mobilization, traction, and electrical stimulation at the Kaneohe clinic, participated in work conditioning exercises and training at WORC, and viewed aquatic therapy at the Pohai Nani pool.

The group of students from Japan were led by Sensei Rie Takakura, P.T., a part time resident of Hawaii, who has been teaching in Osaka for a year. Sensei Takakura wanted to expose her students to physical therapy done in the U.S. as physical therapists in Japan work primarily in hospitals. Privately owned physical therapy clinics are not available so we were more than happy to share a little of what we do with our colleagues from Japan.

By Hillary Lau

Kokokahi Community Fair

This weekend the Kokokahi YWCA in Kaneohe held its first annual Community Fair. The fair was sponsored by HMSA and Aloha Kia and provided the Windward community with food, fun, and entertainment. It was a chance for the YWCA to show off their newly renovated grounds. As one of their newest tenants, Fukuji & Lum Physical Therapy Associates participated in the event, providing free screenings, information about physical therapy, and drawings for shirts and massages.

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While the day started with rain, it cleared up beautifully and allowed the lucky families that stopped by for free rock and rope climbing by Soultrek. There was lots to eat with ten food trucks. And local small businesses to display and sell their products.

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It ended up being a great day and the YWCA was successful in bringing Windward families, businesses and community organizations together to show off what is one of the hidden treasures of Kaneohe. We hope to be a big part of this annual event and hope that all of our patients can join us next year!

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