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Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
March, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 03
By Steve Capellini, LMT
Author's note: The Spa Letters column features news, personality profiles, trends, and plenty of professional possibilities for LMTs in the spa industry. The style is epistolary, meaning the articles are letters to a fictional massage therapist friend of the author.
So you've landed your first interview for a job in the spa industry.Congratulations! It wasn't as hard as you thought it was going to be, was it? I told you spas are very much in need of qualified, motivated individuals to make their programs work. In fact, spas are more employee-heavy that almost any other industry. According to a study done last year by PricewaterhouseCooper, there are over 104,000 full-time employees in the spa industry, and over 45,000 part-time employees.
This observation was echoed by Nancy Griffin a friend of mine in the spa industry. Who has done an in-depth analysis of the spa industry. This is what she says regarding the employment picture in spas: "Creative compensation strategies and continuing education will go a long way in creating employee loyalty. Strategies must be developed to minimize employee loss. Turnover is costly to any industry, but is especially damaging in the spa industry because of the high cost of training per employee."
That's right. Spas, like any industry, have trouble retaining qualified employees, so they're hoping you not only qualify for the job you're going to interview for next week, but they also hope you're going to stay with the job for a long time to come. What could be better than that?
I know, I know all of this information is fine, but it doesn't do much to calm your nerves about the upcoming interview. OK, then, let's get to work.
In Human Resources
Since you're applying at one of the big resort spas in your area, you're probably going to have to do a preliminary interview. Depending upon who interviews you, this can either be a fun experience or a rough one. Probably your biggest challenge is going to be keeping your positive attitude. It's easy to get awestruck and depressed by the impersonal atmosphere in some of these larger corporations. You end up sitting in a little plastic chair for hours and taking a test that has nothing to do with your skills as a massage therapist. All I can say is, keep your head up! It gets better.
The most important points you need to get across to the human resources interviewer are the intangible, yet crucial qualities that make you a superior candidate for a position in this fine, upstanding company. Qualities like honesty, loyalty, punctuality, and disciplined focus on the job at hand, for example, are important factors when considering anyone for any position. But it's tricky to just walk in and say, "I'm honest, loyal, punctual and disciplined." Instead, let your résumé work for you, as I suggested in my last letter. Be humble, attentive, and patient. Mostly, stay positive.
The Spa Director
I'm confident that you'll make it to the next step, which is meeting with the spa director. This may very well take place in the spa facility itself, so watch out! Many applicants, when they first step foot in the opulent surroundings of a first class spa, are overwhelmed by the atmosphere, and a little intimidated by all the marble, the muted colors, and the seemingly rich ladies floating around in robes. Remember, this fancy place needs your services to be successful. Just take a deep breath and relax.
Share with the spa director your vision of yourself in the spa industry, speaking with conviction about where you see yourself a few years down the road. You want to show your serious intentions of remaining with the industry (hopefully at this spa), learning as much as you can, and eventually moving your way up to more responsibilities. Be careful here, though. You don't want to appear too greedy or overanxious. For instance, I was recently interviewing a newly graduated massage therapist for a position at a spa project I'm working on, and he said he wanted to start on the management team right away, for a competitive spa director's salary. Needless to say, this individual never even started as a therapist, and I think he'll find it hard to get a job in any spa with that kind of attitude.
It's all about balance, Lou. You want to look extremely eager yet also aware that there are ropes to be learned. This spa director you'll be talking to can be your ally in that respect. Listen to what he or she has to say.
The (Gulp) Test Massage
If you've never given a test massage before, the experience can leave you standing in a puddle of your own sweat, mired in a complex swirl of emotions, the most prominent of which include fear and self-doubt. I know - it's happened to me. The first test massage I gave was to my instructor in massage school in order to graduate. It was one of the most unpleasant experiences of my life. (Hint: don't eat bean burritos directly before giving the test massage.)
You don't have to go through the same pain I did, though. Just relax as much as possible and follow a few simple guidelines:
I know, this probably sounds ridiculous, but I received one test massage from a fellow who kept banging my own hand into my head as he massaged my arm. This went on and on until I had to ask him to stop. Remember, the person receiving the massage wants you to be good. You can help create that impression by not being bad.
Give a nice, courteous, sensitive massage, asking for feedback a few times during the hour. Adjust your massage accordingly. If the interviewer wants a light relaxing massage, give it to her, even if you're a steadfast deep muscular therapist. You need to show a breadth of skills to work in a spa. Also, don't do anything too "far out," like breathing in sync with the "far out," like breathing in sync with the interviewer throughout the entire massage, or crawling up on the table for some esoteric manipulations. Think simple, straightforward massage.
I received a test massage from an applicant who had several years of experience and was very confident and nonchalant about his prospects of getting a job. The problem was, he was too confident, to the point of not really caring. I felt that he was burned out after too many years of doing the same thing, and that his soul wanted to be doing something else. His massage was good, but he didn't get the job.
You'd be surprised how many candidates come in thinking that a little massage will show the full range of their abilities. This is a mistake. Unless the interviewer requests otherwise, assume you will be giving a full-hour massage. This is more than just courteous; it shows that you can perform the job you're applying for, which in most spas is usually full-hour treatments.
Well, once again, Lou, I hope this information helps you a little. I'll be eagerly awaiting news from your interview.
Steve Capellini, LMT
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