RMT Vancouver – Active Release Therapy – ART

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RMT Vancouver – Active release Therapy – ART 

Here at Broadway Wellness, our therapists are trained in many different types of massage techniques. Registered Massage Therapist, Michael Scottnicki, also specializes in Active Release Therapy – ART. 


What is ART?

ART – Active Release Therapy, is a movement based massage technique that corrects soft tissue restrictions that cause pain and mobility issues. This treatment breaks down scar tissue in order to optimise function throughout the body. ART was developed in the 1980’s by Colorado Sports Chiropractor Mike Leahy. It very quickly became a go to method for professional athletes before becoming an everyday use method used by the general public. 


How is ART different from other massage techniques? 

ART has a unique approach, it involves over 500 specific manual therapy techniques that therapists learn to assess and treat restrictions in soft tissue. Your therapist will assess which specific muscles to target and find the scar tissues that are causing the issues. This is done by starting with the muscle in a shortened position as the practitioner traps the scar tissues under their fingers or thumbs, then the muscle is fully lengthened. Patients can sometimes feel a little sore the day after treatment, but the day after that, they often report a significant decrease in the pain they were having. 


What conditions can be treated with ART?

Active Release Therapy (ART) can target restrictions that are caused by chronic and acute pain. Benefits include, a decrease of pain in the affected area as well as increased strength and mobility. Active Release Therapy is ideal for individuals with conditions related to overworked muscles such as: 

Lower back pain

Neck pain 

Shin splints 

Shoulder pain

Frozen shoulder


Sports injuries 

Michael Scottnicki’s Referral Program for ART Therapy

If you refer someone to Michael for ART Therapy and they book an initial appointment with him, you will receive 10% off your next ART treatment with Michael and the person you referred will also receive 10% off their first ART Therapy visit with Michael. Please be sure to mention who referred him to you when booking your appointment. Michael is also offering 10% off initial ART Therapy appointments from now until the end of May 2021. Please note that this discount is for ART Therapy treatments only. 

RMT Vancouver, Michael Scottnicki is available at Broadway Wellness on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. He is also available for ART Therapy treatments. To book an appointment with Michael, click here


Reflexology in Vancouver at Broadway Wellness

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Reflexology in Vancouver at Broadway Wellness

Reflexology – It’s more than just a foot massage 

Reflexology is an ancient massage therapy that involves applying pressure to the feet, hands and face. These points correspond to different organs throughout the body. Reflexology uses targeted pressure point massage to restore flow and energy throughout the body. By working all areas of the feet with gentle pressure, reflexology can induce a healing response and can help to alleviate some ailments.  


What can Reflexology in Vancouver treat? 

Reflexology can be effective in reducing tension and stress throughout the body by initiating a relaxing response. It is also effective at improving nerve and blood supply throughout the body by facilitating the functioning of the nervous and circulatory system.  Reflexology helps to normalize the body by promoting balance and harmony. It is also beneficial for digestion, anxiety, insomnia and headaches. 


What to expect from your first Reflexology treatment at in Vancouver at Broadway Wellness? 

At Broadway Wellness, Reflexologist, Rebecca Lash will first go over your medical history with you. Then you will lay down on a cozy massage table fully clothed except for your feet and lower legs. Your feet will then be sanitized and Rebecca will begin to massage and work the reflex points on your feet. If there is any tightness or pain, pressure will be gently applied to promote healing elsewhere in the body. Most patients tend to feel very relaxed, have a sense of lightness and may often fall asleep during treatment. When your treatment is finished, it is recommended that you take your time getting up, relax and drink plenty of water. 


Rebecca Lash is a Certified Massage Therapist, Dien Chen Facial Reflexology Practitioner and Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist. She is available at Broadway Wellness on Monday afternoons 2:30pm – 8:30pm and Saturdays from 8am – 6pm. To book a Reflexology or a Massage treatment with Rebecca online click here.

Vancouver Acupuncture at Broadway Wellness

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Vancouver Acupuncture at Broadway Wellness











Vancouver Acupuncture at Broadway Wellness:  What is Acupuncture?  Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique that treats many conditions by triggering specific points on the skin with tiny needles. Acupuncture points stimulate the central nervous system. This releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes help stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being. Acupuncture works to help alleviate pain, discomfort, illnesses, immune systems and much more.

Haven’t tried Acupuncture before? Vancouver Acupuncture at Broadway Wellness is here to offer some reasons why you may want to add Acupuncture to your health & wellness routine:  

Reduced StressStress is one of the top reasons people seek acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture has been proven to lower stress hormones and moderate mood to reduce anxiety and improve overall feelings of happiness.

Headache/Pain reliefThe placement of acupuncture needles near specific nerves have a wonderful pain-reductive effect. The endorphins released also support the feeling of the total loss of discomfort, leading to a breakthrough in your headaches and recurring migraines.

Reduced back, neck and joint tension – Acupuncture provides drug-free pain relief while also reduces swelling and inflammation.

Enhanced mental clarity and increased energy – Acupuncture patients report enhanced mental clarity and often experience a surge of increased energy. Improved sleep is another benefit, which is why acupuncture is used to treat sleep disorders like insomnia.

Allergy relief – Acupuncture can assist in preventing allergies. Acupuncture may also reduce allergy symptoms and can be used in place of or in conjunction with antihistamines.

Relief of digestive conditions – Acupuncture can effectively regulate the digestive system, which is positive news for those plagued by gastrointestinal problems.

Mental Health issues – Acupuncture is a safe method for treating depression, it does not have any known side effects and it may be as effective—and safer—than antidepressants. There are many studies which report positive findings for acupuncture in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety neurosis, and other anxiety disorders including panic disorders, phobias, and PTSD.


Brian Kushniruk is a Registered Acupuncturist at Broadway Wellness. He is available on Monday and Wednesday, 2:15pm – 8:15pm. To book an appointment with Brian, please visit our online booking page

Is Osteopathy the right treatment for me?

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Is Osteopathy right for me?


Vancouver Osteopathy:  Is Osteopathy the right treatment for me?

As described from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, “Osteopathy is a manual form of therapy that emphasizes the relationship between the structure and function of the human body. This therapy follows a belief in the body’s ability to self-heal and self-regulate, which is why manual osteopathic practitioners do not see themselves as healers, but instead as facilitators to health.”. This article describes and references what an Osteopathic Practitioner is trained to do.

What do they do?

“We work on all kinds and layers of body tissue; bones, of course, but also muscles, ligaments, fascia, nerves, organs and even fluids…an Osteopathic Practitioner is interested in correcting a vertebrae that may be out of alignment, but we are also concerned with investigating and normalizing the fascial elements preceding the boney layer, as well as, the membranous or “dural” and vascular layer that lies deeper than and within the spinal column.”

Is Osteopathy applicable to my condition?

Is Osteopathy the right treatment for me?  Osteopathic practitioners utilize their techniques to treat various conditions, injuries and illness in the body. The following are the most frequently under this modality.

  • arthritis
  • foot, ankle, hip, and knee pain
  • back pain, neck pain, and sciatica
  • hand, shoulder, and elbow pain
  • headaches
  • tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • postural problems due to pregnancy, sports injury, driving or work strain, or digestive issues
  • nerve pain

Here at Broadway Wellness we have 1 Osteopathic Practitioner, Alison Ritchie.  Alison is available to give 50 min Adult Osteopathic as well as Pediatric treatment for infants up to 15 years of age. She is available for bookings on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am-2pm.

Laura Schroeder and Cara Marks are Vancouver Registered Massage Therapists who in training for Osteopathy and are currently practicing RMT’s here at Broadway Wellness.

To book an appointment in today please visit our online booking page for more details.


Broadway Wellness is a community multidisciplinary clinic focused around a group of Vancouver Registered Massage Therapists (RMT’s), also offering Reflexology, Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine, in the VGH / Fairview / Broadway Corridor communities since 2004.


Vancouver Massage Therapy: Myofascia

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Vancouver Massage Therapy: Myofascia

Myofascia. Photo Credit: Fascia land by Dreaming in the deep south

Vancouver Massage Therapy: Myofascia

In the Vancouver Massage Therapy field, there are many approaches for Myofascia. But before we get into the details of this technique let’s start with what exactly is fascia?

What is Fascia?

Vancouver Massage Therapists focused on Myofascia keep the following in mind with their approach:  Fasciae is a very fine and spider web like tissue that runs throughout the entire body as one specialized connected system. It wraps around each and every muscle, bone, nerve, artery, vein and internal organ in our body. This tissue keeps our individual parts separate and reduces the friction from moving our bodies everyday. It plays a role in keeping our body balanced in regards to mobility, flexibility and strength.


Fascia Health

Vancouver Massage Therapy practitioners promote the health of Myofascia.  This can involve home care such as daily stretches or yoga, staying hydrated, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, keeping active and eating a healthy balanced diet. When the body is malnourished, dehydrated and inactive the fascia tends to begin to hold tension and become brittle. This can lead to adhesions and distortions in the fasciae, restriction in our movement patterns which will appear as inflammation and pain in your body. To further assist and for regular maintenance seeing a Registered Massage Therapist or other qualified practitioner for Myofascial work can assist the process of bringing your body back into balance.

This article also sheds more light on fascial health:

“Fascia plays an important role in the support and function of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When one experiences physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture and repetitive stress injuries has cumulative effects on the body. The changes trauma causes in the fascial system influences comfort and function of our body. Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches or restriction of motion. Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.”

What is Myofascial Release?

‘Myo’ means muscle and ‘fascia’ means band. The therapist will have a consultation and assessment with the patient to then create a treatment plan. Because the fascia is the connecting fibre throughout the entire body, the treatment plan at times, is not directed at the area of pain.

According to this article on Myofascial Release, “The specific releases to different parts of the body vary, but generally include gentle application of pressure or sustained low load stretch to the affected area. Progress is gauged by the level of increased motion or function experienced, and/or decrease in pain felt by the patient.” Every Registered Massage Therapist in British Columbia is trained to do Myofascial techniques as part of their training however there are some who bring focus to this particular technique. At Broadway Wellness the following Registered Massage Therapists have this marked as one of their primary treatment techniques:

  • Amin Aghvami
  • Ana Yu
  • Ashley Fowler
  • Cara Marks
  • Chanel Jorsvik
  • Jennifer Keene
  • Kyla Mccaig
  • Laura Schroeder
  • Liz Schaeffer
  • Mai Holmes
  • Marie Arcand
  • Michael Scottnicki
  • Monica Cleland
  • Pia Sutter
  • Stacey Spring
  • Will Wells

Brent Scrivner, RMT, also does Rolfing as his primary focus which is a specialized technique that also releases tension due to fascial pain.


Book in your appointment today at Broadway Wellness for assistance with your health and wellness needs here on our online booking site. If you have any further questions, feel free to call our Front Desk team for assistance at 604.732.5222.