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.

 

 

 

 

 

Fitness with Vancouver Sports Massage Therapy

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It’s almost Spring in Vancouver. With the sun shining more often and the days growing longer, more people are getting outside and being active. Sports Massage Therapy can be a helpful part of gearing up for a physical fitness routine in Vancouver outdoor months.

You don’t need to be an athlete to benefit from a sports massage therapy technique. On the contrary, anyone who performs repetitive motion and is looking to prevent injury and increase range of motion can benefit. Even if you work out occasionally or are just looking to improve post-gym recovery, registered massage therapy can help.

Physical Training and Massage Therapy

In a recent article in The Province, John Stanton writes about the importance of athletic or sports massage for those training for Vancouver’s upcoming Sun Run. “The very best way to cross the finish line at the Sun Run is injury-free and with a smile on your face,” he writes. In order to achieve this, Stanton recommends that those who are training for the marathon event include visits with a Registered Massage Therapist for sports massage as part of their training regimen.

By helping overtrained or even injured muscles to recover, sports massage helps people to train more effectively and avoid overdoing it. In addition, if you are increasing your level or type of physical activity, sports massage can help you perform better by increasing your range of motion.

Vancouver Sports Massage Therapy at Broadway Wellness

At Broadway Wellness Vancouver, many of our practitioners can help people with their fitness goals, whatever they may be. We have several registered massage therapists who are experienced with Vancouver sports massage. Please visit our website here for a full list of our dedicated and passionate RMT’s! You can easily book an appointment with any of them through our online booking system.

If have any questions regarding Vancouver sports massage therapy or if you require assistance booking an appointment, call 604.732.5222 to speak with our Front Desk Team or send an email to clinic@broadwaywellness.org.

 

Reflexology Treatments and Women’s Health

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More light is being shone on the benefits of reflexology treatments all the time, although there remains a lot to be learned about this ancient practice.

In the article “Is There Science to Support Reflexology?” David Allan, D.C. examines some of the scientific studies that provide evidence for the very real benefits of reflexology treatments. In multiple studies, participants experienced relief from a range of issues, including one study that found reflexology to be an effective treatment for premenstrual symptoms. Participants were compared to a control group given a fake treatment, who did not experience the same relief.

Allan’s article is a good overview of the versatility of reflexology and its many applications, including in the area of women’s health. He concludes that interest in this practice is on the rise and that there are exciting new discoveries yet to be made.

Menopause and Reflexology

While mainstream scientific attention to reflexology has taken off in the last few decades, practitioners and patients are already well aware of its benefits.

Reflexologist Sarah Finlay writes about reflexology as an effective treatment to support menopausal women, writing that it “can help a woman tune into her body’s needs, highlighting imbalances and areas which need attention.” Additionally, reflexology can support women by providing “a safe space in which to relax, receive and be self-focused.”

In her article, Finlay highlights some of the general benefits of reflexology – including improved circulation and pain relief – as well as its specific applications for menopausal women, such as hormone regulation. By supporting the body physically and emotionally, reflexology treatments can have a positive effect on a wide range of symptoms.

Reflexology Treatments in Vancouver

At Broadway Wellness in Vancouver, Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist Rebecca Lash offers treatments in the clinic on Saturdays and Mondays. To book an appointment visit our online booking system or call 604.732.5222 to speak with our Front Desk Team. If you have any questions about reflexology treatments in Vancouver or just want to learn more, email us at clinic@broadwaywellness.org.

Vancouver Massage Therapy: an Intro to Visceral Manipulation 

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There are many different kinds of massage therapy, and as a first-time client navigating the terminology and range of techniques can sometimes be a little overwhelming. At Broadway Wellness in Vancouver, we want to share the wonderful versatility of massage therapy with an introduction to the different styles that our therapists practice.

What is visceral manipulation?

One increasingly talked-about approach is what is called visceral manipulation, a type of manual therapy that focuses on the connective tissue around internal organs. Similar to joints and muscles, the organs can also become misaligned with other parts, affecting the overall movement and functioning of the body as a whole. A visceral approach can help correct this.

Clients may find visceral manipulation beneficial in a number of ways. According to Greg Morling at Massage Therapy Canada, studies show that visceral manipulation has benefits for those with lower back pain. In the article, Morling also explores the mind-gut interaction, discussing how visceral manipulation can have a positive effect on emotional wellbeing. While many life factors can lead to the misalignment or improper movement of the organs, visceral manipulation is a particularly important technique for anyone who has gone through significant physical changes such as pregnancy or surgery.

Book an appointment online today!

Visceral manipulation is a subtle, gentle technique practiced by a number of therapists at Broadway Wellness. Therapists who specialize in this approach and who are taking new patients include RMTs Char Hunter, Jennifer Keene, Laura Schroeder, and Osteopathic Practitioner Alison Ritchie. You can easily book an appointment with any of them through our online booking system.

If have any questions regarding Vancouver visceral manipulation, osteopathy, or massage therapy or if you require assistance booking an appointment, call 604.732.5222 to speak with our Front Desk Team or send an email to clinic@broadwaywellness.org.