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



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
Dr. Nolan Deatherage

Dr. Nolan Deatherage

Doctor of Chiropractic

by Joni Edmunds, DPT, Perth Myofascial Release

All myofascial release is the same, right? If this were true, finding a myofascial release therapist would be easy! However, the myriad of classes

and certifications offered to therapists all under the name of “myofascial release” means there can be differences between practitioners’ treatments.

With any topic, I like to find the original source, assuming that this leads me to the purest version available. A search for the source of modern-day myofascial release leads us straight to John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCBTMB. Finding John may take a bit of sifting through other styles and versions of myofascial release, but a thorough search pays off.

Here’s what we discover: Real myofascial release, as taught by John since the 1970’s, incorporates three major myofascial techniques in conjunction with one another: structural release, rebounding and unwinding. Understanding each component will help you to know if you are getting “real” myofascial release treatment from your therapist.

1. Myofascial Structural Releasewaiting for the melt!

Structural release involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into areas of tightness, restriction or pain and waiting for your body to release. Never forceful, pressures are applied to gently reach the barrier of the tissue restriction.

At first, you will feel an elastic or springy give and this is fool’s gold. It feels like a release. It feels like a bit of change. However, the tissue will just spring back once the pressure is disengaged. Why? This ‘”fool’s gold” is the elastic component of the tissue giving way. The only way to experience a lasting change in the tissue is to wait. Additional time spent holding the pressure (beyond five minutes for each restriction) enables your connective tissue to fully “melt” and lengthen.

Science is telling us that there is yet another benefit to waiting long enough to allow for a phase change in the tissue. Beyond five minutes, your body will begin producing interleukin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory. This response is only elicited when pressure is sustained and uninterrupted — no rubbing, poking, manipulating or bouncing.

It is critical to note that structural myofascial release can only be performed on dry skin. Using oils or creams during treatment means the therapist is sliding on your skin and therefore unable to properly sustain pressures that release and melt restrictions in your body.

2. Myofascial Unwindinguntangling knots!

Everyone has an innate ability to self-correct tension, postural imbalances and tissue restrictions through natural, intuitive movement. When you first wake up in the morning and have that urge to yawn and roll and stretch a bit before hopping out of bed, you are experiencing a snippet of your body’s self-correction mechanism. Similarly, when you’ve been sitting at the computer for too long and feel the urge to reach your arms up over your head and arch your upper back over the back of the chair getting a nice stretch through your arms, chest and shoulders, you are unwinding.

With the help of a therapist to support your body and minimise the effect of gravity, your body can stretch and move for more than a quick snippet, which takes the unwinding to a deeper level to thoroughly clear your body of stress, holding patterns and tension.

3. Myofascial Reboundingwaves of release!

Remember getting rocked by mom or grandma as an infant or young child? What about the gentle wave that moves through your body when you’re floating on a raft in the water? Doesn’t it feel soothing and luxurious?

Our grandparents intuitively followed the patterns of nature to offer a therapeutic experience to us as infants. We are approximately 75 percent fluid, and when rocked, an internal wave of motion and energy begins to form and move through the fluid inside our bodies. If the rocking is gently sustained and continued over time, as with rebounding, this fluid motion perpetuates and begins to reach and affect the solidified areas of our bodies. This wave gently starts to invade those tight, restricted areas, giving opportunity for softening just as waves at the beach gently erode away the shoreline.

With rebounding, every cell of your body can be reached, even the denser structures such as your bones, by this profound fluid wave. Rebounding is also helpful for accessing and clearing out those habitual holding and bracing patterns, which hang out in our bodies due to a buildup of stress and trauma.

Feel like you’re in a cycle of feeling better after treatment but the tension and tightness just comes back? Rebounding may be the missing piece that can eradicate bracing and holding patterns to eliminate the cycle of chasing symptoms.

Real myofascial release incorporates these three skills during treatment to offer a whole-body approach and effective results with changes that last. Feeling like your body is being forced? Is your practitioner using oils or creams? Have you experienced the gentle rocking of rebounding during treatment? Ready to take your healing journey to a whole new level? Find a therapist who has been trained by John Barnes and experience “real” myofascial release and experience the difference.

Access the Myofascial Release website www.myofascialrelease.com for information on Myofascial release, Myorafscial Release Seminar and the MFR Directory.