Naturopathic Physicians can adjust the spine using naturopathic manipulations similar to chiropractic techniques and adjustments many chiropractors commonly employ. Dr. Andrew Simon at Rebel Med NW in Ballard provides a wide range of treatment options including, manual manipulation, therapeutic stretching, activator technique, drop table techniques, pelvic blocking, active release techniques and more. A difference in philosophy guides naturopathic physicians, to restore the root cause of the structural imbalance, and to minimize the force and frequency of spinal manipulations compared to many chiropractors. A Naturopathic Physician has the unique integration of care for patients by being able to order imaging, prescribe medications, and perform manipulations of the spine.
Manual manipulation techniques are the most similar to traditional chiropractic adjustments as performed by a Naturopathic Physician. At Bastyr University, where Dr. Andrew Simon trained in manual manipulation with chiropractors for 3 years of his program to specialize in different techniques to improve range of motion, decrease pain, and facilitate nerve impingement release in a safe and gentle approach. Manual Manipulation can be helpful for recovery from motor vehicle accidents, improving posture, and re-aligning the body quicker than other methods. Every manual manipulation session also may include therapeutic stretching and massage prior to the spinal manipulation.
Activator Method Technique
Activator technique is both an assessment and treatment technique using the activator tool. A precise tool that provides a gentle thrust to the joints of the neck, mid back, low back, and extremities. The activator can be very gentle, and well tolerated by many patients. This is also a commonly used tool to help re-align ribs and the delicate adjustments of the upper neck.
Therapeutic Stretching, Muscle Activation, and Release techniques
Using various techniques include active contraction and release techniques, manual therapy, massage therapy, pin, and stretch, to help alleviate trigger points and decrease muscle spasm. Additionally, Rebel Med NW provides in-depth exercises to help alleviate back and neck pain, in a sustainable and easy to understand way.
Drop Table Spinal Manipulation
Drop Table Technique is a gentler technique to spinal adjusting that involves the use of chiropractic style tables that release a drop a short distance to provide velocity to the manipulation, but allow a patient to be in a comfortable position either face down or face up reducing any discomfort that could be present in one of the more manual manipulation techniques.
Naturopathic Physicians use the Osteopathic Manipulation CPT codes 98925-98929, when checking insurance coverage, but often fall under your spinal manipulation benefits ranging from 10-30 per year with most insurance companies. Uniquely, Naturopathic Physicians can also bill Medicaid Washington Apple Health plans for Spinal manipulation visits, Rebel Med NW current accepts Medicaid through the managed care Molina plan. Typically Chiropractic is not covered for adults with Washington Apple Health. Contact us and we can check your insurance benefits for you before scheduling an appointment!