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Vital Times Newsletter


Spring 2016

In this issue:

Team Updates

  • Sarah Dogherty, RMT, is now a Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage practitioner.
  • We welcome Elizabeth Anderson, RMT, to our team for the month of June while Sandra Pol, RMT, is away.


  • Surgery Recovery with Manual Lymph Drainage:
    What is Manual Lymph Drainage? What is the lymphatic system? Four ways MLD can help you recover.
  • Acupuncture for Chronic Headaches:
    Acupuncture can help reduce the intensity and frequency of chronic headaches — and the data proves it according to Duke University Medical Center researchers



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Team Updates

We are excited to announce that Sarah Dogherty, RMT, is now a Certified Manual Lymphatic Drainage practitioner.

Read on for more about how MLD can help with recovery after surgery.

We are also pleased to welcome Elizabeth Anderson, RMT, to our team for the month of June while Sandra Pol, RMT, is away.

Elizabeth has found massage to be very beneficial for clients who suffer from chronic pain, stress, arthritis, headaches, sports injuries, trauma, postural dysfunction, pregnancy (pre and post), and for those who are being proactive by getting maintenance massage. She uses a wide variety of therapeutic techniques including deep tissue, myofascial work, isolytic release, and trigger point therapy. Relaxation treatments as well as receiving deeper tissue massage is great for your well being. Elizabeth works with you to personalize the treatment and techniques used for the most beneficial outcome.

Elizabeth Anderson RMT

Elizabeth Anderson, RMT

30 minutes $50
45 minutes $80
60 minutes $95
75 minutes $110
90 minutes $125

Surgery Recovery with
Manual Lymph Drainage

If you have heard about Manual Lymph Drainage, you often associate it with the treatment of lymphedema. However, MLD can be beneficial after surgery, reducing healing time, pain and swelling, and helping the body to lay down healthy and pliable scar tissue. Gentle and non-invasive, MLD can be applied almost immediately after surgery with doctors' approval.

What is Manual Lymph Drainage?

Developed in France in 1932 by Emil and Estrid Vodder, MLD is a gentle, non-invasive set of manual techniques that has a powerful effect on the body. The skin is stretched and torqued in a specific manner, based on scientific, physiological principles that have proven to encourage lymph flow. The manual techniques are slow, light and rhythmic and when performed correctly with the correct pressure, direction and speed, they can greatly enhance recovery and facilitate drainage.

What is the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels, ducts and nodes that concentrate and move lymph (excess water, proteins and wastes) from the connective tissues back into the bloodstream directionally towards the heart. During the transportation process the lymph is cleaned, filtered and concentrated. Collectively the lymph system is responsible for immune surveillance and defense, maintenance of fluid balance within the body (preventing swelling), return of lymphatic load and water to the bloodstream, filtration of lymph and storage of waste materials. If these lymph pathways are congested, blocked or damaged, excess fluid build-up leads to edema (swelling) and fibrosis (hardening of tissue). Over time, swelling can lead to deterioration in the health of the tissue and skin, making the area more prone to injuries and infection.

Four ways MLD can help you recover after surgery:

Reduces Swelling & Pain
Some swelling is to be expected as a consequence of the damaged tissues and the healing process, but the body often swells too much or too long and this excessive fluid increases pressure on the tissue and all of the structures that lie within it, including joints, blood vessels and nerves, which can lead to pain and inflammation in the area and even to deterioration of the health of the tissue. MLD techniques reduce the amount and duration of swelling post-surgery by stimulating the lymph vessels to clear fluids more efficiently. In addition, the techniques are performed in a slow, gentle and rhythmic manner and therefore can have a pain-reducing effect.

Helps Drain Inflammatory Products
Swelling occurs after trauma or surgery because the affected area is filled with debris and metabolic waste from the damaged cells. It is the task of the lymphatic system to transport these inflammatory products away to be filtered and stored. MLD encourages faster, more efficient drainage and thus a healthier environment for healing to occur.

Encourages Regeneration of Lymph Collectors
Lymph vessels, consisting of pre-collectors, collectors and ducts, are delicate and easily damaged with blunt force or surgical intervention. Like blood vessels and nerves, they eventually regenerate or create new pathways. MLD techniques stimulate and encourage their regrowth.

Positive Influence on the Scarring Process
Surgical scars sometime come with complications like puckering, keloids, restrictions to movement, or pain, where a lack of circulation or fascial tissue movement are often two main contributors. By reducing the swelling to the area and encouraging the regrowth of damaged vessels, MLD can help ensure that healthy circulation of both lymph and blood are reaching the scar tissue.

for links to our MLD practitioners, rates and more info.

Lymphatic System

Manual Lymph Drainage techniques can be beneficial after surgery, reducing inflammation and pain and encourage healthy scar tissue.

Our MLD Practitioners:

Lara Eggiman
Sarah Dogherty
Susan Duckworth

30 minutes $50
45 minutes $80
60 minutes $95
75 minutes $110
90 minutes $125

Learn more:

Vodder School

Acupuncture for Chronic Headaches

Acupuncture can help reduce the intensity and frequency of chronic headaches — and the data proves it according to Duke University Medical Center researchers:

"Researchers analyzed more than 30 studies to arrive at the findings published in the December issue of Anesthesia and Analgesia. The studies included nearly 4,000 patients who reported migraines (17 studies), tension headaches (10 studies) and other forms of chronic headaches with multiple symptoms (four studies).

"In 17 studies comparing acupuncture to medication, the researchers found that 62% of the acupuncture patients reported headache relief compared to only 45% of people taking medication. These acupuncture patients also reported better physical well-being compared to the medication group. In 14 studies that compared real acupuncture to sham therapy, 53% of acupuncture patients responded to treatment compared to 45% receiving sham therapy."

– Duke University [source]

Vitality has begun offering customizable acupuncture treatments – not only for treatment of chronic headaches.

You can come for a 75 minute initial intake, with detailed health history and set up follow appointments for 45, 60 or 90 minutes depending on how many conditions you want to treat. Examples of follow up appointments (real treatments vary upon what is going on for you each day):

  • 45 minutes only acupuncture
    face-up or face down $70
  • 60 minutes cupping and acupuncture
    for one injury/area $85
  • 90 minutes cupping and acupuncture
    while face up and face down $125

For more information feel free to book in for a 20 minute consultation or check out Sabrina's website »


Acupuncture may provide fast relief from an on-coming migraine and also less muscle tension which may help offset future headaches.

Have a happy, healthy summer!