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Belltown Spine & Wellness has helped thousands of people over the past 25 years regain their health and vitality in Seattle.

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Belltown Spine & Wellness Services

Belltown Spine & Wellness is an integrated health and wellness center that has helped thousands of people regain their health and vitality in the greater Seattle area. Services are customized and targeted for each individual's health goals.  Dr. Scott Mindel, Seattle chiropractor and owner of Belltown Spine & Wellness, created the signature 4-step program that is specifically designed to help patients recover from chronic neck and back pain conditions along with using the latest rehabilitation techniques available today.

Corrective Chiropractic Care

Belltown Spine & Wellness practices the state-of-the-art Corrective Biophysics Technique using Mirror Image exercise, adjusting and postural traction to correct the spine, and posture deviations back towards normal alignment and balance. Founder, Dr. Scott Mindel's 4-step Method has helped his patients restore overall health for over two decades in Seattle.

Massage Therapy

Belltown Spine & Wellness offers different types of massage to best suit individual client needs and preferences, including deep tissue, Swedish, and Manual Ligament Therapy, sports massage, lymphatic drainage, Healing Touch, trigger point therapy, reflexology, craniosacral, intra-oral, and pre-natal massage.

Naturopathic Medicine & Acupuncture

Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the body, mind, spirit, and emotions in the quest for optimal health and wellness do one can achieve optimal health by gaining proper balance in life. Naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and chiropractors target the root cause of an issue as opposed to simply reducing or managing symptoms.

Our Seattle Chiropractors & Doctor

Dr. Scott Mindel

Dr. Scott Mindel

Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Gion Monn


Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Julie Sutton

Dr. Julie Sutton

Naturopathic Doctor / Licensed Acupuncturist

To complement the article “Fascia: The Matrix Reloaded,” in the July 2014 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: New studies of the microstructure of bone reveals about 2 percent of bone is

fluid; a citrate goo that interfaces between the collagen mesh and the nano-platelets of mineral salts.

“Surely, by now we know all about bone,” you might think. Actually, one more crack in the old model of biomechanics has just emerged in a study of bone.

We know that our skeleton is mostly calcium salts, the stiff mineral apatite we all associate with bone. We know that each individual bone is held in an envelope of collagen, with the periosteum on the outside, the endosteum on the inside, and a very leathery mesh of collagen—the same tensile fiber that makes up your tendons and ligaments—all the way through even the compact part of bone, to tie into the cartilage at either end.

The dried bone you find in the woods or the biology lab has lost all its collagen; only the mineral salts remain. But that’s only half the bone—about 75 percent, to be more exact. If you soak a bone in acid, like a chicken bone in vinegar, within a few days the salts will dissolve and leave behind a collagen mesh. Unless your teacher did this in seventh grade, most of us have never seen this tensile network in bone. This resulting mesh is gray, very resistant to tearing, the same shape as the bone, and so malleable you can tie a knot in it.

We also know that young bones have a higher percentage of collagen mesh, while old bones have a bigger percentage of mineral salts. That is why an old bone breaks like a twig at the bottom of the pine tree, and young bones often break like a twig at the top of a pine tree, with a so-called greenstick fracture. (And we thought we knew that osteoporosis resulted when age-related fraying of the fascial mesh coincided with hormone-related loss of calcium.)

New studies of the microstructure of bone reveals about 2 percent of bone is fluid; a citrate goo that interfaces between the collagen mesh and the nano-platelets of mineral salts. This goo actually functions to hold the solid nano-platelets apart, so that they slide on each other a little. Think of the nano-platelets as a series of nickels, all close together in staggered stacks, with the liquid citrate like a thin layer of dish detergent between them.

This very similar to the liquid crystal arrangement in a tendon or fascial sheet: collagen fibers in a regular array held together with a thin layer of snotty glycoproteins. Our bodies seem to like this arrangement, as it’s resilient, and simple to build and maintain—but it’s not as we human engineers imagined.

This structure provides a much more resilient structure for bone, allowing the nano-platelets to bend and bounce a little on each other. This structure resists fracture much better than a solid bone would. In fact, osteoporotic bones do not only have less calcium, they demonstrate less citrate as well. Fractures can propagate more easily along solid bone than they can along bone where each nano-platelet (nickel) is held apart from each other by the thin layer of fluid citrate (detergent).

The Great Designer is very smart, and we need to be careful of what we know. As they say in the South “It ain’t what you don’t know’s gonna hurt you, it’s what you do know that ain’t so.”

Thomas Myers is the author of Anatomy Trains (Elsevier 2001, 2014) and co-author of Fascial Release for Structural Balance (North Atlantic, 2010). Myers and his faculty offer continuing education worldwide, as well as professional certification in KMI Structural Integration (www.anatomytrains.com). He lives, writes and sails on the coast of Maine with his partner, Quan, and lots of animals.