Appalachian Medical Massage Associates


Changing the way you think about massage . . . . 

Providers of "Rolf Method" Structural Integration, TMJ Therapy, and Dr. Vodder's  Manual Lymph Drainage in Northeast Tennessee since 2005.
Appalachian Medical Massage Associates

Our  Specialties

Not sure what is best for you? We'll work with you to decide.

Looking for Dr. Brian's Natural Remedies?  Find him in our clinic, online at or 423-393-7797.

Paul R. Vachon, LMT, CBSI

Structural Integration       

The Rolf Method

Paul completed his practitioner training in Sao Paolo, Brazil in February 2006 after dedicated study in Salt Lake City, UT and through the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, CO.

Dr. Ida Rolf founded the Guild for Structural Integration to educate practitioners in her life's work of soft tissue manipulation and movement education. She believed that the imbalances in structure places demands on the body's network of soft tissues: muscles, fascia, tendons, and ligaments. These demands then create compensations throughout the body's structure.

Structural Integration helps to organize the body structure in such a way that it becomes better integrated with gravity and can function in the most optimal and economical way,

"This is the gospel of Rolfing: When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneously, the body heals itselt." - Ida P. Rolf

Amber L. Vachon, LMT, NCMMT, MLD/CDT

TMJ Therapy

Pain in the temporomandibular joint can be debilitating, but there's no need to lose hope! With the encouragement of a chiropractor in 2003, Amber began working with his patients who suffered with temporomandibular pain. Over the next few years, she developed a protocol for working with challenging condition.

Many folks have benefitted from her skilled touch, which involves a combination of manual therapy and physical exercises. Self-care is taught and emphasized, yielding great success for those in her care.

Amber L. Vachon, LMT, NCMMT, MLD/CDT

Dr. Vodder METHOD of MLD & CDT       

Manual Lymph Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy

Having earned her original MLD/CDT certification midsummer 2005 from the Dr. Vodder-Schule in Walchsee, Austria, Amber has maintained her skills with biennial recertification and completed over 300 classroom hours of training with the Dr. Vodder School International in addition to other advanced studies in lymphology and lymphedema management.

Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT) for lymphedema management incorporates manual lymph drainage (MLD) together with compression therapy (bandaging and garments), edema exercises, and skin care. 

Helpful not only in lymphedema management, Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) involves gentle touch and can also be effective treatment for allergies, Bell's Palsy, burns, chronic fatigue, chronic venous insufficiency, CRPS, edema, fibromyalgia, headaches, lipedema, RSD, skin conditions, sprains, strains, stroke, tinnitis, whiplash, and wound care as well as many other health conditions.

The relaxing techniques of MLD are frequently prescribed to assist in healing from cosmetic surgeries and is known to speed the healing process after surgeries of all kinds.


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