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Sarah Dogherty

Registered Massage Therapist

Sarah no longer is working out of Acacia Health, you can find her at Vitality Treatment Center on Oak Bay Avenue.

Sarah graduated from the Victoria West Coast College of Massage Therapy in April of 2014. Prior to her massage therapy education she earned an Arts degree with a major in Sociology and a minor in English at Mount Allison University, in New Brunswick.

Sarah was drawn to massage therapy originally as a teenager when she injured her back playing volleyball. Through a combination of massage and physiotherapy she recovered and was able to keep playing. From that experience on she became a strong believer in manual therapies and alternative health care. When it came to a career path massage therapy appealed to her as it gave to her the opportunity to help people in a real and immediate way.

What Sarah enjoys most about massage therapy is the wide spectrum of people she gets to meet and conditions she gets to treat.  She is well versed in a multitude of musculoskeletal and systemic disorders including; Muscle Strains, Tendinitis, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel, Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder), Impingement Syndrome, Whiplash, Plantar Fasciitis, Pseudo-sciatica, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue.

She understands the importance of treating each new client as a whole person and she loves the challenge of uncovering the root of dysfunction or pain, rather than simply treating symptoms.

In her treatments she uses a combination of myofascial release work, muscle energy technique, trigger point therapy and passive and active movement in order to reduce pain, increase function and increase overall well-being. She is a strong believer in the ability of relaxation techniques to decrease the firing of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight response). She works on the principle that by reducing the body’s stress during a treatment she will allow clients to heal at a faster rate, experience less pain and to sleep better.

Sarah is also an avid student of yoga. While spending long hours studying for school Sarah turned to yoga as a way to relief stress and increase body awareness. She has now been practicing for 4 years and volunteers at a local studio in her free time. She finds her knowledge of asanas (or poses) greatly influences the way she thinks about rehabilitation exercises.

In her spare time Sarah loves running, hiking, reading, drawing and camping.

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