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

Seattle Chiropractor - Belltown Spine & Wellness


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

When considering what massage lubricants you want to keep in stock, there are several factors to keep in mind. The type of modality you practice most often, whether scent (or lack

of scent) is important, and whether or not any of your patients have allergies are just a few of the points to think about when it comes to deciding what products to keep on hand.

Perhaps one of the most important factors is the viscosity of the oil or cream you are using. Different types of massage require different amounts of glide or surface tension and your choice of lubricant will make a big difference in the effectiveness of your work.

It may be useful to consider exactly what viscosity is. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as:

“Resistance of a fluid to a change in shape, or movement of neighboring portions relative to one another. Viscosity denotes opposition to flow. Viscosity is a major factor in determining the forces that must be overcome when fluids are used in lubrication.”

Generally, thicker lubricants, such as lotions or creams, have a higher viscosity and so are better for deep tissue modalities, and thinner lubricants, such as oils, have a higher viscosity and allow for more glide with less surface tension.

If you are in a spa setting and your client simply wants a “relaxing massage” you will most likely want to choose a lubricant with a low viscosity so there is less friction and more glide. Oils and gels are often the lubricant of choice for these types of massage. In addition to allowing your hands to easily slide across the patient’s skin, oils and gels can often be used as “carriers” for scents. If the goal is to help your clients relax, a scented lubricant could play an important role in the massage.

Generally speaking, lower viscosity lubricants, such as oils, may stay on the skin longer. For a client who is returning to work, that oily feeling could be a bad thing, but for a client who is going to spend the rest of the day relaxing, they may enjoy the extra moisturized feeling that some oils can cause.

If you are doing deep tissue work, then you will want less glide and more drag so that you can focus on specific areas. Higher viscosity lubricants, such as lotions or creams will be more helpful for sports massage, Swedish massage, myofascial work and trigger point therapy, among others. Without any lubricant, the patient may feel discomfort, but too much glide and it will be difficult for the therapist to find the tissue that needs work.

Keep in mind that creams cannot be pumped in the way that oils can be. Their thickness means that they will have to be squeezed from a tube or dipped from a jar. If you are using a jar, the cream for each massage should come from a clean jar. This is something to keep in mind on days when time is a concern.

Finally, the cost of lubricant, per treatment, should be taken into account. Very few therapists are volunteers; making a living is usually an important factor! Choosing the best lubricant for the individual patient’s situations should come first, but it’s a good idea from a business perspective to think about cost. Comparing the quality of ingredients, your own preferences, and your clients’ experiences, along with costs, will help you determine the best lubricants to keep on hand in your practice.

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