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Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
June, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 06
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.
You're really a part of the spa team now.Do you know how I can tell? By the way you've started to voice your first uncertainties. In the beginning, you were filled with enthusiasm, and that's what took you to the next place you were supposed to be in your life. The word "enthusiasm" comes from the Greek word entheos: en = in + theos = god. Enthusiasm led you toward your divine destiny, but now that you've arrived, destiny doesn't look that divine, does it? That's how you know you belong -- because it's real.
Welcome to spa reality. You're absolutely right when you mention that the reality includes much more petty aspects than you anticipated. In your early idealism, you imagined spas to be places where everyone is fully dedicated to the same mission of healing and wholeness you are. But now you see that many of the people you're working with ended up there simply out of need for a job, and that they've gotten where they are out of sheer chance or greed. I understand how this could leave you feeling alone.
Dealing with the Drama
Before you judge too harshly, let's take a look at what's really happening. You complained that some of the support people on staff are unnecessarily dramatic, for example, and that they turn the running of the spa into a life-or-death ordeal. Isn't it amazing how many powerful emotions can be generated over seemingly trivial circumstances? You've worked as an independent massage therapist for the past couple years, and now that you're a part of a team at your spa, it's hitting home fast that you have to deal with multiple personalities on a daily basis - and sometimes within the same person!
My advice is to try to avoid getting caught up in the drama.
Now you're at the point of beginning to align yourself with someone or some group in the spa. While it's great to find your footing and start to belong, there is also a down side that often happens, and it has a lot to do with gossip. That's right, as soon as you start belonging to one faction, people in other factions begin talking behind your back.
Take a hard look at everyone around you, and take a hard look inside yourself. Then align yourself with the people you want to end up aligned with. It's a choice. Don't fall into a clique just because it's the easiest thing to do, and don't begin relating with people at the lowest common denominator, which usually includes lots of gossip about others.
The thing to do is to stay centered while dealing with the outer world of the spa, just like you try to do when dealing with the inner world of your massage therapy sessions. That way you can help make the spa a healing place, spreading the positive energies of your massage room outward. The spa's clients are coming for a total experience, one that can be tainted or even ruined by something negative in an area of the spa that may have nothing to do with you. It's up to you to create a "whole" environment, as best you can, by staying true to your vision, intentions and actions.
The Line Between Commitment and Detachment
Another trap many beginning therapists fall into when faced with the unpleasant politics of the spa is to say, "Well, I'll just come in and do my job, and then leave. This drama is not for me." Interestingly, this is your drama now, because you've chosen it. Now you have to walk the fine line between commitment and detachment. Swing too far toward commitment, and you end up depressed at the lack of commitment in others. Swing too far toward detachment, and you risk straying from your true course, which is, as you've told me over and over again, a wholehearted desire to help people. You can't heal the world if you hate the part of it you spend the majority of your time in every day.
What's really happening is that you're going through a phase, and it will soon be over. It's the phase of finding things out. It's the phase of settling in, and the phase of forming alliances. Look around you. Who impresses you? In whose eyes can you see the glimmer of your own future?
Take advantage of this phase by finding the people who inspire you there, and then spending some time with them. Just walk right up to them and say, "You're someone I'd like to get to know."
But what about the ones you don't want to get to know? I think that cultivating your relationship with them is just as important. The spa is a microcosm. You've put yourself in a place where you need to relate to people in many different ways. Cultivate the best kind of relationship you can with each individual, based on simple human respect and compassion for where that person is in his or her life.
Here are some pointers for getting along with everyone and contributing the most to the overall success of the spa:
Well, that's it. I'm just trying to give you some suggestions that will make this transition stage a little more bearable. When I have more time, I'll write you back concerning the seniority issue you brought in one of your previous letters.
Until then, take care,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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