Massage Therapy

What is Nucca Chiropractic?

NUCCA is a chiropractic technique that restores a person’s posture back to gravitational zero. What does that mean? Well, when we have jolts and impacts throughout our life, whether it is from a car accident, falling off a horse or playing sports, we can mis-align the position of our head from off our neck by just a few degrees. When this occurs our body will compensate by trying to balance the head. The result will be one shoulder higher than the other, a twisted pelvis and your body leaning to one side. The adjustment is done by gently moving the head back to the right position. The adjustment is not forceful and x-rays are taken to ensure the best adjustment possible. Once this re-positioning takes place, your body will move back to a level and balanced position all at once.

Active Release Therapy

Active Release Therapy is a soft tissue management system based on a series of set protocols. Active Release Technique, (ART), has been developed, refined, and patented by P. Michael Leahy, DC, CCSP. Dr. Leahy noticed that his patients’ symptoms seemed to be related to changes in their soft tissue that could be felt by hand. By observing how muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves responded to different types of work, Dr. Leahy was able to consistently resolve over 90% of his patients’ problems.


What happens with soft tissue injury?
Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons cause tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.


What happens on a visit?
Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach.


Most healthcare providers use techniques of massage, trigger point, electrical modalities and ultrasound with varying degrees of specificity to treat soft tissue problems. These all provide reasonable results but sometimes a different approach is needed.


ART is patented because it is different than anything else. This protects the public from healthcare providers who are willing to do it half way. To learn ART, a health care provider must be serious enough to invest a great deal of time and effort to learn over 500 treatment moves or “protocols.” More important than that, they must be able to develop a very advanced “feel” for the tissues and their texture, tension and movement. Active Release Technique is an advanced system that has helped thousands of individuals all over the world, from the sedentary individual to those who participate in triathlons. ART is for everybody!


Dr. Josh Stehmeier has a passion to get people well quickly and keep them well so they can do all the activities they enjoy, whether that is riding the motorcycle, playing with the grandkids or enjoying a round of golf. He realizes the frustration of not being able to do the things you want to do when you want to do them.

This is why Dr. Stehmeier’s approach is unique and effective. He utilizes the NUCCA chiropractic procedure to get to the heart of structural imbalance and problems. He also utilizes Active Release Technique to restore musculature to a level of healthy function. Each visit is tailored to the needs of the patient to attain maximum effectiveness so the patient can get better quickly with long lasting results.


Dr. Brent Barlow was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario by his parents Tom and Marg and with his brother Darren. He has an athletic background and played on several sports teams in his childhood and high school years. He played football, hockey, baseball, badminton, touch football and golf during high school and was voted Athlete of the Year in 1997 at Barton Secondary School. He also played 3 seasons of varsity football for the University of Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.


Dr. Barlow graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in August of 2001 with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration and a minor in geography. After graduating from Wilfrid Laurier, Dr. Barlow moved to Invermere, BC to work in the ski industry at Panorama Mountain Village. This is where he met his future wife.


Dr. Barlow became passionate about health, wellness, longevity, and athletic performance while playing varsity football. He wanted to pursue athletic performance without sacrificing long-term health. He realized that this was the area he would like to make his career.


After taking several nutrition courses he eventually found out about naturopathic medicine. He visited several naturopathic doctors to learn more about the profession and was amazed by the services they provided and the results they were getting. He immediately contacted the accredited schools in North America, went back to school to acquire the prerequisite courses, and applied for admissions. Dr. Barlow was accepted by the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, his first choice, in the spring of 2005.


Adam Bernard is a registered physiotherapist who is originally from Charlottetown, PEI.  He is a graduate of Dalhousie University (MSc.PT) and the University of Prince Edward Island (BSc).  He is certified in intramuscular stimulation (IMS) from UBC.  Adam has extensive post graduate training with an emphasis on manual therapy, sports injury, and vestibular rehabilitation and he is in the process of completing the highest post graduate level of training for orthopaedics. After working in hospital and chronic pain settings, his focus is now on orthopaedics and sports injuries.  He has worked with a number of athletes over the years from the weekend warriors to professionals.  Adam enjoys the challenge of treating complex injuries and feels that education is a major part of treatment.  He wants you the patient to know what injury you have and strategies to help you for the future. Activity is a major part of Adam’s life.  He is an avid runner and cyclist, completing multiple half marathons, marathons, and triathlons.  He is also an advocate for cancer research having completed the ride to conquer cancer in 2014. During the winter months Adam can often be found snowboarding at Big White with his wife Laurel.  Adam looks forward to meeting you and helping you with any of your injuries.

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues in the body such as muscles, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments. Registered Massage Therapists are trained to evaluate individual health needs, and combination of specific techniques for complete patient care. A few examples of conditions that can be treated by massage therapy are:


– Tendinitis
– Chronic Pain
– Headaches
– Sciatica
– Whiplash
– Frozen Shoulder
– Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
– Strains and Sprains
– Pregnancy