Dr. Andrew Simon Named Seattle Met Top Doctor 2017 – Naturopathic Medicine

Seattle Met Top Doctor 2017 Naturopathic

Seattle Met Top Doctor 2017 Naturopathic Medicine

Congratulations to Fit Naturopathic Center’s clinic director, Dr. Andrew Simon for being named Seattle Met Top Doctor 2017 Naturopathic Medicine Specialty!

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Dr. Andrew Simon, ND, BCB

Dr. Andrew Simon is a versatile and integrative medicine practitioner. The simplest way to describe what Dr. Andrew Simon can do is a blend of chiropractic care, physical therapy, primary care health, counseling, nutrition, and life coach all in one. While Dr. Simon is not a chiropractor or physical therapist, he works closely with providers in the Ballard, Fremont, and Wallingford neighborhoods in Seattle to provide the best care regarding musculoskeletal care if not able to achieve results in the office.  Fit Naturopathic CenterFounding Fit Naturopathic Center in 2015 Dr. Andrew Simon has developed a one stop location for patients to improve their health through natural health and integrative medicine strategies.

Education

Licensed as a Naturopathic Physician in the state of Washington, Andrew received his degree from Bastyr University. Furthermore, he also completed his residency at Bastyr Center for Natural Health where he received extensive training and experience with a wide population of people and variety of health conditions. Many people are not aware that naturopathic physicians can treat or help manage many difficult conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, digestive disorders, allergies, and chronic fatigue.

Mentorship, Training, and Treatment approaches

Bastyr Natural Medicine TrainingDr. Andrew Simon would like to thank the doctors who have directly contributed to much of his training. Firstly, he thanks fellow Seattle Met Top Doctor 2015 Dr. Steven Milkis, ND who specializes in HIV, Primary Care, and Physical Medicine. Through Dr. Milkis, he learned how to truly honor the core principles of being a good primary care physician, the importance of bed side manner and rapport, how to provide valuable education to patients, and how to respect patients with where they are at in their health goals.  Secondly, Dr. Andrew Simon thanks Dr. Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB, a leading Seattle expert in breath, yoga, and biofeedback, with whom he received extensive Mind Body Medicine & Biofeedback training. Mind body medicine aims to improve mental and emotional health along with common health conditions by alleviating the burden of chronic stress on the nervous system. Biofeedback for Natural Hypertension TreatmentDr. Simon achieves this goal by integrating tools such as breath work, mindfulness meditation, spinal manipulation and biofeedback.  Biofeedback training allows patients to become aware of their body’s relaxation and stress responses by displaying changes in heart rate, breathing, temperatures, muscle tension, and sweat response. Using this objective biofeedback data and research paired with counseling, patients often find real change in their health often without the need for medication or supplements. Dr. Andrew Simon received his biofeedback board certification in 2016 from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.

Seattle Met Top Doctor 2017 Naturopathic Medicine

Seattle Met Top Doctor 2017 Naturopathic Medicine

Being recognized as a Seattle Met Top Doctor 2017 Naturopathic Medicine is a privilege and Dr. Andrew Simon would like to thank his peers for voting for him to receive this recognition. Dr. Simon founded Fit Naturopathic Center in 2015, joining Tyler Martin Clinic Director of Fit Acupuncture who was voted Seattle Met Top Doctor for Acupuncture at Fit Wellness Centers in 2014, 2016, and again this year in 2017.

You can read more about Dr. Andrew Simon’s clinical training and background at his about Dr. Simon page, or learn more about Ballard Natural Medicine treatment options and see why his peers voted him for Seattle Met Top Doctor 2017 Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Andrew Simon is currently accepting new patients, taking most major insurances, Regence, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Premera, Lifewise, Aetna, Cigna, Kaiser PPO, United, and Molina Private and Apple Health medicaid plans.

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Seattle and Sitting: Tips on staying healthy and active

Seattle and Sitting 

Seattle has seen a boom in many things in the past decade and our identity as a city is still shifting. One surprising change is that we have become the second most sedentary city in the nation, behind only Washington D.C according to a recent Seattle Times article. So what does this mean for Seattle and its sitting residents and how do we stay healthy and active?

 

Luckily, we are fortunate enough to live in one of the most beautiful and activity rich areas in the country. Seattleites are combating their sedentary workweeks with weekend excursions into the woods and the water, as it should be! Unfortunately, people underestimate the deleterious effects of the weeklong sedentary pattern. This kind of pattern leads to habitual muscle contracture that becomes hard to undo. Often patients come in blind-sided when they suddenly pull a muscle or “tweak” something while on a hike, performing a simple working out, or just waking up one day. Not to mention prolonged sitting increases your risk for obesity, metabolic disorders, cardiovascular disease, and cancer!

 

The great news is that Seattle is a haven for wonderful preventative therapies! We will help you survive a sedentary job and maintain optimum health and wellbeing so you can enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

 

Staying FIT and Healthy

At FIT Wellness Centers, we offer acupuncture, massage, and physical medicine therapies such as spinal manipulation. Our therapies will help you maintain activity-ready condition. But if you find yourself suffering an acute injury, you can come come in and we can get you back in the game, although we highly recommend coming in before that happens.

 

Acupuncture is known to improve circulation to the muscles so they can better repair and recover from the contracture of sedentary patterns. Our Tui Na massage technique helps to release adhesions and change the muscle tissue so they recover to their functional state. Increased circulation to the organs help them function better and reduces your risks for disease.

 

Massage is a well-known relaxing therapy to help muscles and the mind de-stress. Spinal Manipulations and other Physical Medicine therapies help you figure out where your are off balance then re-train your body back into a state of balance and strength so it is less vulnerable for injuries.

Helpful TIPS

Finally, some tips from us to you:

  1. Take breaks often just to walk around or to the water cooler- even hourly if possible. Research indicates that moderate to vigorous activity a few hours a week may not be enough to combat the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. So move whenever you can throughout the day to break up the pattern.
  2. Check in with your breathing. Breath holding inhibits oxygen to your muscles and gets them even tighter. Breathe evenly and smoothly when you can and make sure you let your belly relax.
  3. Stay hydrated! Again, water and oxygen are necessary to keep muscles healthy.
  4. Lastly, give us a call and feel better TODAY! We’ll get you ready and healthy for this next weekend’s fun.

 

 

To find out more or schedule an appointment, please call 206-582-3469.

Phonexay Lala Simon - Ballard Acupuncturist and Chinese MAbout Phonexay

Phonexay is a life enthusiast and acupuncturist at FIT Wellness Centers. She has a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. In her professional time, Phonexay enjoys teaching and learning from her patients and she is grateful to be a part of their healing evolution. In her personal time, Phonexay enjoys teaching and learning from her toddler son Everett and her husband Dr. Andrew Simon, and she is simply grateful.

5 ways to Improve Sleep Naturally

5 ways to Improve Sleep Naturally

improve sleep naturally seattleHere are 5 ways to improve sleep naturally. Learn to decrease insomnia, improve energy, and feel better every day. Remember it is important to identify the cause of why you may be having interrupted or poor sleep by speaking with a physician.

Stress Management

Recognizing stress and your response to stress is an important step to improve sleep naturally. Excess stress due to work, school, financial, or even health related stress can increase your cortisol levels. Increased cortisol levels can negatively affect the quality and consistency of sleep. Over time this can affect blood sugar elevation and weight gain. Mind body medicine techniques, acupuncture, and massage are a great ways to help deal with stress.

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June 10th Kinesio Taping Class in Seattle

Kinesio Taping Seattle Ballard

June 10th Kinesio Taping Class in Seattle

Kinesio Taping Class in Seattle

Level 1 Kinesio Taping Class is two hours and is open to any skill level. So, if you are a weekend warrior, a coach, a fitness buff, or engage in any type of physical activity, Level 1 is for you.
Level 2 Kinesio Taping Class is four hours. This advanced training is designed for fitness or health professionals who have a solid foundation in human anatomy. Level 1 required is required before taking level 2, both can be taken on same day.

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May 6th Kinesio Taping Class

Kinesio Taping Seattle Ballard

May 6th Kinesio Taping Class

Kinesio Taping Class in Seattle

Level 1 Kinesio Taping Class is two hours and is open to any skill level. So, if you are a weekend warrior, a coach, a fitness buff, or engage in any type of physical activity, Level 1 is for you.
Level 2 Kinesio Taping Class is four hours. This advanced training is designed for fitness or health professionals who have a solid foundation in human anatomy. Level 1 required is required before taking level 2, both can be taken on same day.

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April 8th Kinesio Taping Class

Kinesio Taping Seattle Ballard

April 8th Kinesio Taping Class

Kinesio Taping Class in Seattle

Level 1 Kinesio Taping Class is two hours and is open to any skill level. So, if you are a weekend warrior, a coach, a fitness buff, or engage in any type of physical activity, Level 1 is for you.
Level 2 Kinesio Taping Class is four hours. This advanced training is designed for fitness or health professionals who have a solid foundation in human anatomy. Level 1 required is required before taking level 2, both can be taken on same day.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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New Guidelines for Back Pain – Try These 5 Alternative Therapies First!

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New American College of Physicians Guideline for Back Pain

massage and back pain, acupuncture and back pain, new guidelines for back pain, natural remedies for back pain, spinal manipulations and back painThe most recent New York Times article about back pain guidelines is making a splash! According to the new guideline, the American College of Physicians now states that people suffering from back pain should try non-pharmacological therapies first. That means opioids, anti-inflammatories, and muscle relaxants should not be the first line treatments. Moreover, the physicians interviewed say that steroid injections, acetaminophen, and MRI scans are not helpful at all. This is a direct decision to counter the growing opioid epidemic and begin a new way of thinking about pain management.

Try These 5 Things First…

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Acupuncture for Anxiety: a natural and effective option

Acupuncture for Anxiety

When people think about acupuncture, many are not thinking about acupuncture for anxiety! It is becoming common for people to try acupuncture when they have physical pain, but are you aware that acupuncture is helpful for psychological and emotional pain as well. Here are some reasons you should consider acupuncture for natural anxiety treatment.

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Healthy Posture in the Workplace

Kinesio Taping for Healthy Posture

Healthy Posture to Improve your Health

Anything you do for eight hours a day is going to affect your health. That includes ergonomics in the workplace. This guide from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) can tell you how to determine if you have poor posture. And here’s why you should be concerned:

  • Muscle tension: Sitting with your head forward can cause muscles in your neck to strain and become tense, particularly the trapezius muscle. Over the long term, this can change the curvature of your spine, lead to arthritis or decrease your range of motion.
  • Risk of injury: Sitting in a poor posture frequently can harm your lower back by leading to uneven pressure on the lumbar disks. This can make you predisposed to a more significant injury while lifting a heavy object, playing sports, or in a motor vehicle accident.
  • Blood circulation: Sitting for extended periods can pool blood in your legs, leading to swollen ankles and increased risk for varicose veins or a deep-vein thrombosis if other clinical risk factors are present.
  • Decreased confidence: Body language affects your interactions and communication. Sitting with a forward head tilt, rolled-in shoulders, and slouched posture can affect your mood, energy, and confidence. Learn how to become more resilient to stress with Biofeedback training

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4 tools to help Manage Blood Sugar Naturally

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Manage Blood Sugar Naturally

The easiest way to manage blood sugar is to decrease your sugar intake. Look at the ingredients and find foods that are low in sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and modified corn starch. Even “natural” forms of sugar are still sugar and will affect your blood levels. Check out the Fooducate app to scan foods at the grocery store to learn about their quality and how much sugar they contain.

Here are more simple ways to manage blood sugar naturally:

Eat breakfast every day with protein

By eating breakfast every day with a source of protein, you can balance your glucose and have the energy to do the things you love. You’re less likely to be hungry or reach for sugary snack slater in the day. Getting at least 15 grams of protein a couple of times a day can stabilize your blood sugar and even help improve your sleep. Four ounces of cottage cheese or a half-cup of almonds are examples of how you can get to 15 grams of protein pretty quickly. Other great protein sources include quinoa, beans, lean meats, nuts, seeds, yogurt and eggs.

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