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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.

Weightloss & wellness

Belltown Weightloss & Wellness is a physician supervised 4-phase weight loss and complete lifestyle program. Your coach will help you lose weight, reach your ideal weight goal, and educate you on exactly what to eat to maintain your new weight and improved health to help you keep off the weight and continue living a healthier life.
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Our Seattle Chiropractors & Doctor

Dr. Scott Mindel

Dr. Scott Mindel

Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Gion Monn

Dr. Gion Monn

Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Julie Sutton

Dr. Julie Sutton

Naturopathic Doctor / Licensed Acupuncturist
Dr. Nolan Deatherage

Dr. Nolan Deatherage

Doctor of Chiropractic

To complement the article “Expert Advice: How can I add kinesiology taping to my massage sessions?” in the July 2014 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: Kinesiology tape has many benefits and potential uses in a massage therapy practice. The author discusses how the tape works, the effects it produces and contraindications for use.

It was difficult to believe all the colors that converged in rainbow hues on the back of my client’s leg. It was as if a box of crayons had been strategically melted to form a Picasso interpretation of a high hamstring pull. She was a highly competitive athlete in my gym who had sustained what she thought was a minor muscle strain over the weekend during sprint training. On Monday morning, she stood in my office with a look of desperation and pain on her face—and one gnarly bruise spanning the back of her thigh.

Due to the obvious acuteness of her injury, my immediate treatment plan was to facilitate pain reduction and increase blood and lymph flow to the area by way of decompression, without applying any type of manual therapy. I reached for kinesiology tape.

 

My client wanted the pink tape with black skulls to adorn her battle scar. I happily obliged with a finger-taping pattern that would aid in increasing circulation and removing cellular waste products from the area. In a few days, my client came back with a much lighter bruise than the crayon-like meltdown she had been sporting before. The lifting effect of the tape had increased fluid flow and acted as a decompression agent, resulting in faded channels within the bruise. Her pain had diminished and she was now ready for more direct manual treatment therapy.

As a licensed massage therapist with a background in strength, conditioning and biomechanics, and with a focus in athletic performance, I see this sort of presentation commonly. Over the last 17 years in practice, 10 of those spent as a licensed massage therapist, my continued education has been largely in understanding the movement and modalities that best serve this population. While I stock many tools in my toolbox, I consistently reach for kinesiology tape. Whether I use myofascial release techniques, Active Release Technique, active isolated stretching or neurokinetic therapy, kinesiology tape complements, reinforces and in many ways strengthens my work.

Art and science

Kinesiology taping has been around for more than 35 years. Chiropractors, physical therapists, athletic trainers and massage therapists have used it for decades, and for many good reasons—all of which apply to the realm of massage therapy.

Kinesiology tape has been shown to reduce pain; positively affect fluid mechanics; improve posture and muscle function; speed recovery; and improve sporting performance. That’s a giant basket of good reasons, if you ask me. Today, you’d be hard-pressed not to see the colorful, cool-looking tape on amateur and pro athletes in various sports, as well as folks leaving physical therapy appointments at which they’ve been treated for common ailments such as knee replacements, shoulder injuries and low back pain.

Not all tape nor taping education programs are equal, however. There are many brands: RockTape, Spider Tech, and Kinesio Tape, among others, and a few schools of thought on how to apply it. Thanks to some forward-thinking folks, the evolution of application and successful client outcomes have led to a more global and more effective method of taping.

Pain is not the only player in the game of dysfunction. Those of us who apply tape in our practice are also able to invoke positive changes in biomechanics, performance, posture, awareness and neuropathies. If you’ve read Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers, or Movement by Gray Cook, you understand the importance of visualizing movement patterns and treatment along the kinetic chain.

Once a breakdown is identified in a movement pattern, tape can be applied to facilitate awareness and better biomechanics. This is contrary to the old method of taping muscles or joints in isolation. Nothing about the human form is static or isolated when it comes to function. Our client population is much better served when our methods of healing are dynamic. The ability to couple knowledge of movement with an effective toolbox of treatment modalities will set you apart from other providers.

Tape movement, not muscles. This is brilliantly simple and enormously effective. This ideology has resonated with me from the very moment it was taught during my education in taping, and it has proven itself every time.

Why tape? And, more importantly, how can tape benefit our work as massage therapists and benefit our clients? If you’re in the field of manual therapy, you already have a grasp on the benefits, the whys, and the how-tos of moving tissues, fluids and fascia, while increasing range of motion. The power of touch is remarkable. That’s why we do it. But how many times have your clients left your office and said, “I felt great for a while, but the pain came back”?

If you understand the role of stability, synergists and compensation patterns, you understand that a returning symptom points to the fact that the site of pain isn’t necessarily the root of the issue and other contributing factors need to be addressed. Once these underlying issues are discovered, kinesiology tape can reinforce therapies to more properly address not only the site of discomfort but also the cause. With taping, you can send clients out the door with the benefits of movement feedback, postural awareness and correction, stabilization and pain reduction. That’s super for your clients—and even better for your business.


Stacey Thomas is the owner of Altitude Aptitude in Evergreen, Colorado, a manual treatment and performance training clinic where she works with athletes of all levels in a multitude of sports, ranging from CrossFit to mountain biking. She is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a CrossFit Level 1 coach, and a licensed massage therapist, specializing in Active Release Technique. Stacey is a Performance Movement Taping Instructor for RockTape Kinesiology Tape (www.rocktape.com).

 

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