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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
The Female Athlete Triad
The Female Athlete Triad

Sophie* is a 15-year-old cross country runner who has a history of a foot stress fracture and shin splints. She often does not eat prior to her workouts. Recently, she has felt fatigued and weak during her races, saying her legs feel heavy and she sometimes feels dizzy.

She has been running every day, averaging 40 to 50 miles a week, and has lost 18 pounds in the past year. At times she feels running has become a compulsion. She previously had normal periods but has not menstruated in 5 months. Her tests showed low bone mineral density and low iron and vitamin D levels.

Maintaining a healthy level of activity through sports and exercise is important for girls and women of all ages. But if an athlete becomes overly focused on dieting and exercise it can have a negative effect on sports performance and overall health.

"The Female Athlete Triad is a medical condition often observed in active girls and women," said Dr. Cynthia Labella of Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. "It can involve low energy (calorie) availability, menstrual dysfunction, and low bone mineral density. Early identification and intervention is essential for preventing the Triad from progressing to serious conditions such as clinical eating disorders, amenorrhea, and osteoporosis."

Athletes in certain sports, including those that stress a thin appearance, such as figure skating and gymnastics, and those in which being thin is thought to improve performance, such as distance running or rowing, are at higher risk.

Low energy availability can result from disordered eating, such as those who starve themselves (anorexia nervosa) or others who alternate between overeating and purging (bulimia). An athlete without enough calorie availability can develop problems such as dehydration, muscle fatigue, and erratic heartbeat. Inadequate nutrition can also lead to bone loss. Having low bone mineral density leads to higher risk for fractures and injuries, which can prevent sports participation. A normal menstrual cycle is also important for bone health because the body produces estrogen during menstruation which helps to keep bones strong.

Recognizing the female athlete triad is the first step in treatment. Successful treatment of female athlete triad relies on a team approach, which may include your pediatrician, gynecologist, coach, athletic trainer, nutritionist, and psychological counselor. "Education about healthy behaviors and optimizing bone mass is necessary to restore regular physical activity and sports participation," said Vineeta T. Swaroop, MD, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

"Exercise is vital for women of all ages to build and maintain healthy bones. When the female athlete triad happens, young women can still win the battle by working with their families, coaches, and a healthcare team," said Ellen M. Raney, MD, FAAP, Affiliate Professor, Oregon Health Sciences University, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Portland, and chair, Pediatric Specialty Group of the US Bone and Joint Initiative.

In Sophie's case, her treatment team included her family, doctors, physical therapist, dietician, and a psychologist. With a comprehensive treatment program, she began gaining weight slowly, her regular periods returned, and her iron and vitamin D levels returned to normal. Not only was Sophie able to resume running four days a week without further injuries, she even participated in cross country as a collegiate athlete.

For more information about the adolescent female athlete triad, visit the website for the American Academy of Pediatrics, or Your Orthopaedic Connection. This story is brought to you as part of World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day, celebrated Oct. 19, which is part of Bone and Joint Health National Action Week (Oct. 12-20).

*Name changed to protect privacy

Written by Vineeta T. Swaroop, MD, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Source: United States Bone and Joint Initiative, usbjd.org