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A Big Year for a Small Company: Celebrating A Therapeutic Effect’s Fifth Anniversary

Oct 29, 2012 01:35AM


During the past five years, A Therapeutic Effect has helped many Lancaster residents achieve better health and wellness through services that include chiropractic, massage and colon hydrotherapy. Now, thanks to the center’s staff and dedicated clientele, expansion is on the horizon.

When Massage Therapist Sue Ashton and her husband, Dr. Andrew Ashton, a chiropractor, purchased A Therapeutic Effect in 2007, they had no idea how quickly the practice would grow. Within a year of revamping it to focus on wellness, they acquired another local business that offered similar services. Despite the soft economy, the practice has continued to expand, and the Ashtons’ latest plans include adding 800 square feet of space dedicated mainly to chiropractic services.

“We are really excited to be able to expand so that we can help more people,” says Dr. Ashton. “Our vision started as a way to help people regain their health naturally, and as our dream has grown, so has the need for more space.”

As part of a grand re-opening, A Therapeutic Effect will host its annual open house, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 1. Attendees can enjoy free sample sessions of hot stone massages, facials, chair massages and chiropractic spinal evaluations, plus complimentary light fare and giveaways. “This kind of event allows us to relax and enjoy the company of our community and clientele,” says Sue. “It reinforces why we decided to open a wellness center.

“As in years past, our holiday helper program has helped to give back to local charities,” she continues. “This year we have decided to help our four-legged friends by focusing on the Humane League of Lancaster County. For each bodywork sampler package purchased, all proceeds will be donated to shelter animals; the details are on our website.”

For more information, call 717-285-9955 or visit

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