Some clichés are simply true, like ‘it’s all connected’. We can look at this in the sense of the interconnectedness of the multi-faceted aspects of ourselves. From there we can see the connections between us, each individuals, as part of a series of communities and networks: family, work, friends etc. At Broadway Wellness, we try to reflect individual and community connection in the sense of individual practitioners offering a variety of therapies as part of a solid integrated group. Our logo is reflective of this: a tree, being a solid stock with many branches.
The human form is multifaceted and rich in complexity, and yet we represent a unified bunch in many ways. Broadway Wellness is a centre offering healthcare to a multifaceted, yet unified – community – we offer several modalities under one roof. (more…)
Vanessa Senecal has been a Registered Massage Therapist for over five years now. She just recently joined Broadway Wellness after an exciting volunteering adventure abroad. Aside from doing RMT Vancouver work last spring, she was also volunteering locally with an organization called Shanti Uganda, so it seemed like an obvious choice to see if Shanti needed any volunteers in Uganda. The mission of the Shanti Uganda Society: to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of communities impacted by war, poverty and HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
As a doula, and pre/post-natal massage therapist, Vanessa was hopeful she would have some skills to share at the Maternity and Learning Centre in Uganda. As it turned out, the time period she was hoping to volunteer coincided perfectly with the official opening of the Birth house. It turned out to be an excellent time for the volunteer coordinator in Uganda to put Vanessa to work getting things running smoothly. (more…)
Jordana Kirkman is the most recent addition to the Broadway Wellness team of RMT’s. Cousin of Monica Cleland, owner / founder of Broadway Wellness, Jordana comes with a fun personality, and a passion for her work – she has been quickly and warmly welcomed to our team. Jordana comes to the table with a brilliant mind and a passion for new information to integrate into her practice. (more…)
To start, we got ourselves a new url address – the old one (broadwaywellness.org) will get you there, and will always be there for you to use… But it was very similar to that of another clinic just down the road, which has been creating some confusion – so we decided to create a new one, one that reflects who we are: it’s broadwaymassageandtherapy.com.
We’re on Broadway, a core group of us do massage, and we do other therapy too – so it’s perfect for us, and we’d love for you to come find us using broadwaymassageandtherapy.com as our new preferred choice, any time.
We had our affiliate graphic designer, talented Kyle from Popgun Media (www.popgunmedia.com) build us a brand new website a few months ago, along with a new look and logo. The logo represents a tree, here’s why: we as therapists kind of feel like branches of the same tree sometimes: we differ slightly in our therapy and approach – yet we share the common goal of helping people heal.
Lastly, we realized we want to share more with you – so we decided to start blogging – a little more often. You’ll notice some categories in our blog that allow you to decide between searching general news, promotions, and current events / multi-disciplinary healthcare at broadway wellness / massage therapy at broadway wellness: health tips, news, and articles. If you find articles you like, you can now instantly share them with your friends through facebook. Check out our “pain in the neck” article for a start if you’d like.
That’s all for changes .. for now. We wish you all the best this spring and summer, and invite you to come visit in the weeks and months to come.
Why this neck pain, and how can massage therapy help?
Neck pain is a general term, really, that can be a vague umbrella for a wide range of symptoms, and also a symptom, or result, of a spectrum of possible underlying causes.
You may have a rotation in your spinal vertebrae, causing you to wince in pain when you rotate your head to look over your shoulder.
Or maybe it’s those tense, painful, sometimes throbbing muscles right at the base of your skull – relentlessly holding on while you type away at your computer.
For some it’s tight trapezius muscles that won’t let go, giving you a broad band of pain and general tension, from your shoulder right up your neck to the base of your skull.
As you can see, neck pain can be as varied as the people suffering from it. So it’s important to get a sense of what is causing yours in particular in order to work to alleviate it in a long lasting way.
This is where a Registered Massage Therapist can help. A good RMT is trained to see your body with educated eyes that can decipher causes from symptoms. What your written case history, and initial assessment will allow you to decipher together – is where your neck pain may be coming from in particular.
Often your neck pain and tension – is the result of stretched, uncomfortable, compromised tissue – tissue that is being forced to adapt to something else going on in your system. Structures being forced to adapt by stretching and distorting will tell your central nervous system they are in trouble.
Your trapezius muscles may be screaming to you because they are being forced to stretch as a result of your shoulders being rolled forward toward your chest from working with your arms in front of you every day.
Those balls of tension at the base of your skull are likely upset because they are being forced into working extra hard to hold your head up in response to another force in your body pulling your head forward – such as the front of your neck and chest from an old whiplash injury long forgotten.
To just work on releasing tension in those painful muscle groups will give you welcome relief, but only temporarily. It’s like giving the painful muscles a vacation, but them forcing them back to a job they weren’t designed to do.
RMT’s here at Broadway Wellness enjoy helping you get to the root of pain, and working in a way that will take the uninvited load off your painful neck muscles in a more permanent and structural way.
Your neck pain may require some work releasing the connective tissue in your sternum, and opening up your diaphram – to take the pressure off those over-worked and tired muscles you experience, generally, as neck pain.
The manual therapy offered by an educated RMT can be a highly effective tool in moving you through and out the other side of your neck pain.