Vancouver Acupuncture: German Auricular Acupuncture

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Broadway Wellness: Article of the Week:  Vancouver Acupuncture: German Auricular Acupuncture.

German Auricular Acupuncture is a fairly new advancement in the medical field. Developed by French Physician Dr. Paul Nogier in Germany in the 1950’s. He understood that the brain constantly projects information about the health of the body through the ear. This information is read not based upon the meridians in the body but the central nervous system. Please see photo below for reference.

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“The ear has the potential to tell the entire story of the condition of the body, brain and mind by reflecting any disturbance as an “active” area on the ear …”

Our in house Acupuncturist Brian Kushniruk is certified and trained in this unique and effective modality as well as Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. He wrote an article in Medicinal Roots Magazine regarding history, method of treatment and more.

“Active points are treated using needles, electrical stimulation, seeds or LASER. The use of a laser that is capable of different frequency settings will allow for more options in diagnosis and treatment. The customization of the frequency can also allow for more specific treatment as there are specific frequencies of laser light that can be used for different types of ear points (e.g. focus points, internal organs, musculoskeletal tissue, nervous tissue, psychosomatic points, etc.) as well as specific meridian frequencies that can be used for the treatment of Traditional Chinese Medicine body points. As mentioned above, the course of treatment is determined by the comprehensive diagnosis which identifies active points, focal points, main and supporting symptoms, the level of importance of those points, etc.”

Brian is curious about how both Traditional and Auricular Acupuncture can work together to create new dimensions of treatment and understanding of different health conditions. He works from Broadway Wellness on Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-8:30pm. Most benefit providers cover Acupuncture services, check in with your provider today about coverage. Broadway Wellness direct bills for Pacific Blue Cross, Manulife, Canada Life (Great West Life) and Sunlife.

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Broadway Wellness is a multimodality healthcare clinic serving the Broadway Corridor, VGH, and Fairview Slopes Communities since 2004.

Vancouver Massage Therapy for Stress and Anxiety Management

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Vancouver Massage Therapy Article: Massage Therapy for Stress and Anxiety Management

 

As we progress further into 2020 there is still a heightened sense of anxiety and tension due to COVID19 and other global issues at hand. Many are experiencing various mental health repercussions due to the current climate which can greatly affect ones ability to manage their daily routines. Having self care management for when the body is undergoing great amounts of stress has never seemed more important than it does today. Creating space in your schedule to have a massage, go for a walk in nature, have a bath, enjoy the company of a trusted friend or making your favourite meal can go a long way in the longevity of your energy levels, as well as increase the frequency of positive interactions in your relationships. Vancouver Registered Massage Therapy has now been widely used for stress, anxiety and emotional distress symptoms. According to this article by Psychology Today “The anxiety-reducing and mood enhancing benefits of massage are probably related to changes in EEG activity, decreased levels of cortisol and increased activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which acts automatically to calm the body and brain during stress.”

In addition to decreased brain activity the immune system response to relaxation and or therapeutic massage is greatly beneficial. Studies have shown that moderate pressure massage enhances the body’s immune response by promoting the production of natural killers cells. Anxiety and stress has been known to have adverse effects on the body and can create long term health issues. According to this article on Medical News Today:

“Anxiety can have a significant effect on the body, and long-term anxiety increases the risk of developing chronic physical conditions. The medical community suspects that anxiety develops in the amygdala, an area of the brain that manages emotional responses. When a person becomes anxious, stressed, or frightened, the brain sends signals to other parts of the body. The signals communicate that the body should prepare to fight or flee.”

Staying in the sympathetic nervous system for a pro-longed period can keep your body in a survival pattern unless properly managed. Broadway Wellness is a multidisciplinary clinic but our primary service is Registered Massage Therapy. We have 19 dedicated and passionate RMT’s working out of our space to assist you with your health and wellness needs. Our practitioners are fully trained and licensed to treat a range of physical injuries, body tension as well as do relaxation massage.

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Rolfer Vancouver Massage Therapist: Welcoming Brent Scrivner, RMT

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Rolfer Vancouver Massage Therapist: Brent Scrivner, RMT

Welcoming Brent Scrivner, RMT

Vancouver Massage Therapist Brent Scrivner – Rolfer / Structural Integrator

We are excited to be welcoming Brent Scrivner, RMT in Vancouver, to our team at Broadway Wellness.  Brent is a Vancouver Massage Therapist who is a Certified Rolfer / Structural Integrator.

The philosophy behind Brent’s work and the method of Rolfing Structural Integration in which he’s trained, is that our bodies have an inherent wisdom to find balance. Sometimes that natural progression towards harmony meets blockages, tissue restrictions or functional limitations, and the body needs a bit of help to remove those challenges.

Brent began experiencing these challenges first through the study and practice of yoga. He was able to feel how conscious, intentional movement combined with breath was able to change his postural patterns. This encounter led him to become a certified yoga teacher. His curiosity deepened which led him to become an RMT. He has trained in Cranio-Sacral, Thai Massage, Deep Tissue, and ultimately became a Certified Rolfer at the Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

In his studies of the body and more than ten years of experience, Brent’s found that our physical structure is incredibly fluid, constantly changing and connected as we move through gravity, even when we feel like we’re standing still. His work as an RMT and Rolfer focuses on understanding postural habits and how they can make and break us and be reconsidered. Ida Rolf, the mother of Rolfing SI described her approach as “the yoga you would do for yourself if you could”. Brent delights in sharing Rolfing SI, Ida Rolf’s “yoga”, for his clients. He looks at every session as an opportunity to continue answering the question of what’s possible and how we can move the obstacles that stand in the way of our balance, our comfort, and our lives.

What is Rolfing?

Structural Integration practiced by Brent Scrivner, Rolfer, Vancouver Massage Therapist at Broadway Wellness, was developed by Ida Rolf, a biochemist and avid follower of yoga, roughly 50 years ago. Her perspective was that our bodies are organized around a central vertical axis, so ease and freedom can only exist when our verticality is aligned with gravity.
The hallmark of the Rolfing method is a series of 10 sessions spaced 1-2 weeks apart that address the body through specific session goals and designated territories. The work is cumulative, building on the session that came before it, progressing toward the goal of vertical alignment. It is not necessary to commit to this series to benefit from the Rolfing method.

Whether through a series or an individual session, my goal as an RMT trained in the method of Rolfing SI is to bring more ease and freedom of movement to your body.

As your body finds more uprightness, you will notice that it requires less effort to stand and to move. As a result, you’ll feel more relaxed, energetic, and uplifted. Our experiences of Injury and chronic tension can take away our easy, relaxed verticality. They create, instead, restrictions in our joints, stress on our tissues and can threaten the physical integrity of our nerves and blood vessels. As a result, we feel fatigued and burdened in our bodies.

Based on the information that you provide and an analysis of your structure that includes simple joint movements as well as walking, I will develop a strategy to address any found restrictions in your body as well as the compensations these imbalances might have produced. With my hands, I will manipulate the contractions held in the fascia, a network of connective tissue throughout the body’s structures, working on some areas more than others or differently from one side to the other, helping to restore your vertical alignment. Throughout this process, I might ask you to move a part of your body to better isolate or challenge that contraction.

As movement and ease returns to these stuck areas of your body, you can experience increased strength, energy and freedom. You may also enjoy relief from pain, better physical performance, and the discovery of new avenues to personal growth.

Brent will be practicing at Broadway Wellness starting on August 4th on Tuesday evenings, Thursday mornings and Saturday all day. Click here to book an appointment with Brent or call our office at 604.732.5222.

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Broadway Wellness is an Integrative Healthcare Clinic in Fairview near VGH, serving its communities for over 15 years.  We are focused around a phenomenal group of Vancouver RMT’s, a Registered Osteopath, Registered Acupuncturist, Naturopathic Doctor, and Certified Reflexologist.

Vancouver Massage Therapy: Welcome Chanel Jorsvik and Stacey Spring!

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Broadway Wellness is excited to welcome two new Registered Massage Therapists to our Vancouver massage therapy clinic! Chanel Jorsvik and Stacey Spring have recently joined our team, both bringing a range of interests and experience to the table. Keep reading to learn more about them and their areas of specialization.

Chanel Jorsvik

Chanel’s training includes myofacial release, joint mobilization, passive and active stretching, trigger point therapy, hydrotherapy, respiratory therapy, stress and anxiety reduction, guided relaxation, and Swedish massage.

She has an interest in treating neurological disorders such as, CNS disorders, proprioception disorders, and nerve entrapments; pre and post natal care, post mastectomy fascial work, pre and post breast reduction, and other types of pathological breast massage.

Chanel is available at Broadway Wellness Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturday mornings, as well as Thursday evening.

You can read her full biography here.

Stacey Spring

Stacey graduated from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in 2010 and has taken courses in deep tissue techniques, myofascial release, movement therapy and pre and post natal massage.

She has a passion for antepartum and postpartum care and looks forward to working with women throughout the various stages of their pregnancy and beyond. Stacey has 2 children of her own and is honoured to support women during this incredibly transformative, and at times overwhelming stage of life!

Stacey uses a variety of techniques including deep tissue, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and joint mobilization.

You can find her at Broadway Wellness on Mondays mornings and Tuesdays evenings.

You can read her full biography here.

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Broadway Wellness is a multi-focused healthcare clinic proudly serving the Fairview, VGH, and Broadway Corridor communities of Vancouver, BC since 2004. Our Vancouver clinic provides the services of highly trained and well-reviewed practitioners in the areas of Registered Massage TherapyNaturopathic Medicine, Registered Osteopathy, Registered Acupuncture, and Certified Reflexology.
To book a Vancouver Massage Therapy Appointment please call the clinic at 604-732-5222 or book online here.

 

Osteopathy and Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief

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Osteopathy has been a modality that was founded by a physician and surgeon named Andrew Taylor Still in the late 1800’s. He believed that in order to achieve optimal health all parts of the body needed to work harmoniously together. A school was formed, students were eager to learn and the demand was high.

Fast forward to 2020 and Osteopathy is an ever growing modality that has been able to treat a variety of health conditions including sciatica nerve pain.

Sciatic pain is a common complaint where there is intense pain radiating down the leg due to a bulging disc. There is no main cause of Sciatica as each body comes with its own make up for functioning. Some causes that have been attributed to sciatica pain are: Pressure on the nerve due to swelling around the nerve from sprained inflamed joints, intervertebral disc bulge or herniation, bony spurs from joint degeneration or arthritis, but it can also caused by tension in the piriformis muscle, which is a muscle in the middle of your buttocks which the nerve either travels through or under (there are anatomical variants).

As the causes of sciatica pain can vary from person to person Osteopathy is an excellent modality for treatment.  Your practitioner will do an examination of how all components in your body are functioning to assess where the sciatica pain may be coming from. Osteopathic practitioners work gently through touch, direct manipulation along with the rhythms of the body including an assessment of all internal organs to create ease on the vertebrae that is creating pressure on the nerve. They will be able to cater a specific treatment to your needs in accordance with their findings in addition to home care that could keep you feeling relieved for a longer period of time.

This article gives more of an in depth look into the treatment, causes and symptoms of Sciatica pain and how the practice of Osteopathy can be an effective treatment for your pain.

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Broadway Wellness is happy to have Alison Ritchie, an Osteopathic Practitioner here in Vancouver who works at Broadway Wellness Monday and Tuesdays. Starting in September she will be working Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and alternating Fridays. Broadway Wellness also has three Vancouver RMT’s: Laura Schroeder, Cara Marks, and Kyla McCaig – all in training to become Osteopathic Practitioners.

Book your appointment today by calling the clinic at 604-732-5222 or on our online booking site.