Spinal Adjustment Therapy

Gentle Alternative to Chiropractic or Pain Medication

Spinal Adjustment

Natural Neck and Back Pain treatment in Ballard with spinal adjustmentA spinal adjustment performed by Dr. Andrew Simon is similar to chiropractic adjustments, osteopathic manipulation, or physical therapy mobilizations for the treatment of back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain. Naturopathic Physicians in the State of Washington can adjust and manipulate the spine to help improve range of motion, decrease pain, and promote improved circulation and healing after injury, car accidents, or the stresses of day to day desk work or inactivity.

Ballard Chiropractic by Dr. Andrew Simon

Dr. Andrew Simon Providing a Spinal adjustment to decrease back pain.

The advantage of seeing a naturopathic physician compared to a chiropractor, is very similar to seeing an osteopathic physician. The physicians at Fit Naturopathic Center can diagnose, refer for imaging, and provide a comprehensive and integrated solution for recovery from pain.  This is a great way to reduce reliance on pain medications such as opioids, NSAIDS, or muscle relaxers by providing an all in one integrated solution. Many patients additional receive benefit from our in house medical massage therapy or acupuncture services to facilitate reduced muscle spasm, and reset the nervous system prior to a spinal adjustment.

If you are familiar with chiropractic care, take a look at many of the techniques provided at Fit Naturopathic by Dr. Andrew Simon and staff:

Spinal Adjustment Techniques & Services:

Manual spinal adjustment techniques are similar to traditional chiropractic care, but as a full primary care physician we can provide comprehensive management of back pain, neck pain, auto injury or accident recovery, or for every day improvement of range of motion, exercise performance, or postural re-alignment. Dr. Andrew Simon is Fit Naturopathic’s clinic director and primary physical medicine provider, trained by physical therapists, and chiropractic providers. Dr. Andrew Simon has been able to integrate many common manual spinal adjustment techniques to achieve lasting results.
activator treatment ballard chiropracticActivator treatment is a gentle alternative utilizing an activator adjusting tool used by many chiropractors and naturopathic physicians who perform spinal adjustments. Allowing for unique assessment, and gentle specific treatments that minimize force to the body. Activator treatment can be helpful for neck pain, wrist, foot, and treatment of older, younger, or treatments requiring less force to the spine.
Natural alternative to Chiropractic in Ballard

Dr. Simon includes therapeutic stretching prior to spinal manipulation to improve balance and symmetry to the spine and posture.

Trained in techniques of muscle pin and stretch, manual therapy, and activation and release techniques. Fit Naturopathic physicians use elements of stretching and mobilization to help encourage pain relief in the neck, back or extremities.  Followed by home exercises this can be a great way to affect change over time to re-balance symmetry and good bio mechanics to the body. Some of these techniques are employed prior to a more formal spinal manipulation.

Drop Table Spinal Adjustment therapies use the same principles of a manual release, but utilize chiropractic style tables that drop at different regions of the body, to allow the practitioner to adjust an area while keeping the patient in a very neutral position either face up or face down. Often drop table adjustments can be more comfortable for a patient if looking for spinal adjustment without any twisting of the body. The “Drop” comes from the table dropping about an inch below the area of focus with slight pressure on the joint.
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Physical Medicine techniques including Spinal Manipulation and Blocking

Pelvic Blocking and other SOT techniques can be employed without the need for high velocity adjustments when a gentle approach is needed, or when trying to restore normal function to a joint without over treatment. Common to use pelvic blocking if there has been ligament laxity due to pregnancy, or bigger strains to the body where a gentler technique is indicated vs traditional chiropractic care.

Crano Sacral therapy is a gentle form of spinal manipulation and joint manipulation that uses a traditional osteopathic technique for gentle unwinding of the bones of the skull, spine, and lower extremity. It is considered a gentle approach to help facilitate a calmer nervous system, and can help induce improved relaxation which can assist reduction in muscle activation and therefore easier movement of any affected joints.

The initial appointment includes an interview, diagnosis, and treatment and lasts for about one hour. Follow-up appointments last about 30 minutes. The frequency and duration of treatment depends on the type of issue being
addressed. In general, acute injuries require 1-2 treatments per week over the course of 2-3 weeks, while more chronic issues will require treatment on a weekly basis for an average of 8-10 weeks. During the initial intake your
practitioner will give you a prognosis for treatment of your specific condition and answer any questions you may have.

Naturopathic Physicians are trained to treat Physical Medicine concerns through the use of Naturopathic Spinal Manipulations which include a combination of stretching, unwinding, and release techniques, designed to prevent the need for aggressive or too frequent adjustments to the body by many chiropractors in Ballard and Seattle. While taught by Chiropractors, Naturopathic Physicians blend the techniques learned in a way that minimizes too much force on the body. Many people are familiar with chiropractic adjustments, the audible pop or cavitation that happens from a high velocity thrust. It is within the scope of Naturopathic Physicians to manipulate the spine to achieve results patients are looking for in decreased pain and improve range of motion.

Insurance coverage does vary, and we do recommended confirming your benefits before receiving services by contacting us for a benefit eligibility check. If checking your own insurance company, please look for coverage with OMT codes 98925-98929, these are the physician level adjustment codes. These may be under the umbrella of spinal adjustment, spinal manipulation or chiropractic care. Uniquely, Molina Healthcare for both apple health medicaid plans and private exchange plans cover’s naturopathic physicians for spinal manipulation care, but may not cover chiropractic providers.
Spinal Manipulation

$49.99 Intro visit

Intro Exam, Assessment, and Treatment provided with stretching and spinal manipulation to relieve pain, improve range of motion, and improve posture.
$40-80 per visit return cost, packages, and insurance coverage options available.
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Kinesio Taping

$19.99 Per Taping

The Original Kinesio Taping method to decrease pain, improve proprioception and encourage injury recovery. Each application can last 3-4 days, and help maintain your massage, spinal manipulation or acupuncture treatment longer. Applied by Certified Kinesio taping Practitioner. $10 regular price if bundled with another service.Kinesio Taping Class in Seattle KT Tape

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