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Treating LBP the Right Way: Think Natural
An updated clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends spinal manipulation and other non-invasive, non-drug therapies as first options for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain, rather than pain medications, as stipulated in the original 2007 guideline.
The Qi Focus: A Guide to Managing Stress
Stress, are you experiencing heightened stress levels? Your own, and your clients? Is Trumpitis getting to you? I recently polled a cluster of acupuncturists, Asian Bodywork Therapists (ABT) and psychotherapy colleagues on the issue.
Shedding Light on the Benefits of Heliotherapy
I can't imagine anyone not feeling good strolling in the sun on a beautiful spring day. The sun is responsible for all life on earth and is best illustrated along the equator touting the richest biodiversity on the planet, in stark contrast to the Arctic Circle and South Pole.
What's Bugging You? Probiotics and Your Health
An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.
Making Sense of Liver Regulation
In Chinese medicine, the liver has the function of moving and storing qi and blood. In its moving function, the liver smoothly distributes qi and blood to the tendons, muscles and flesh through microcirculation.
Treating the Terrain of Chronic Sinus Infections
Chronic sinus infections can be stubborn to treat, but the therapeutic path forward can be simplified when utilizing three distinct treatment principles which take into account the terrain of the body, and the way in which microbes grow.
How to Correct a Cuboid Subluxation
Cuboid subluxation is a poorly recognized condition, even though it is not uncommon. It has been described in the literature under various names: cuboid subluxation, cuboid syndrome, locked cuboid, dropped cuboid, cuboid fault syndrome or peroneal cuboid syndrome.
Give Your Patients the Ergonomic Advantage
Prolonged sitting contributes to low back pain and is a health risk. When I discuss my POLITE technique practice recommendations with patients, ergonomics may be last, but not least!
The First (Only) Choice for Spinal Pain
The study on NSAIDs for spinal pain summarized on the front page of this issue is intriguing on a number of levels, the most obvious being the conclusion that "compared with placebo, NSAIDs do not provide a clinically important effect on spinal pain, and six patients must be treated with NSAIDs for one patient to achieve a clinically important benefit in the short-term."
Good Works at the Canandaigua VA
Faculty and students of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM) of the New York Chiropractic College have provided acupuncture to veterans at the Veterans' Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Canandaigua, New York since September of 2007.
News In Brief
A "Modern" Business Model. Acupuncturists may have a new professional atmosphere to consider, as a new concept is on the horizon - at least for one business.
Waist Circumference: A Conversation Starter (Part 2)
Now let's discuss the clinical approach to reducing WC and implementation in today's chiropractic practice. The primary intervention centers around dietary modification and lifestyle habits aimed to reduce adiposity, improve insulin sensitivity and ultimately, diminish systemic metabolic dysfunction.
Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Why Now Is the Time to Expand
In my January article, "Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Is It Time for Change?" I discussed the use of the term primary spine care practitioner, the loss of privileges to diagnose in Texas, and the fact that the definition of "chiropractic" varied from state to state.
The Chiropractor's Guide to CRISPR
Science magazine's "Breakthrough of the Year" award for 2015 was described as "the gene-editing tool called CRISPR." CRISPR stands for "clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats."
Integrative Cardiology: The Heart of TCM & Western Medicine
Patient centered therapy is a growing trend in hospitals that are expanding to boutique services.
Caring for Refugees in Greece
At the beginning of 2016 I had no idea what was in store for me, but I was looking forward to a personal retreat on the Greek island of Paros; a graduation gift to myself after 22 years of motherhood, and four-plus years of Chinese medicine school.
Toxicity & Kids: The Importance of Environmental Intake
The old adage is true that children are not little adults. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has long known that the physiology of children is unique, as are the diseases that plague them.
5 Ways to Enhance Your Family Practice
Every practice has a personality style. A practice that caters to athletes, PI cases or adults, for example, projects differently to patients than a family wellness practice.
Help Save an Important Chiropractic Landmark
The chiropractic profession has a splendid and varied history. Sadly, many landmarks have been lost to bulldozers and wrecking crews, such as the Ryan Building, Little-Bit-O-Heaven, Spears Chiropractic Hospital, and Clearview Sanitarium.
Chiropractic: A Great Fit for the White House
Dr. Eric Kaplan is a New York Chiropractic College alumnus; a No. 1 best-selling author whose books include Awaken the Wellness Within and The 5 Minute Motivator; a chiropractor for professional sports teams and elite athletes; and even served as an advisor under the Clinton Administration to the President's Council on Sports & Physical Fitness.
NSAIDs No Better Than Placebo for Spine Pain
A meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled trials comparing the efficacy and safety of NSAIDs with placebo for spinal pain concludes that among 6,065 spine pain patients, "NSAIDs reduced pain and disability, but provided clinically unimportant effects over placebo."
September, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 09
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.
It sounds like your new spa persona is in full bloom. I know exactly what you mean -- it's hard to remember what life was like before the all-consuming reality of the spa took over. I'm glad some of the ideas I mentioned in my last letter are helping you cope with the inevitable burnout experienced by a successful spa therapist; I'd like to share some more ideas with you now. In fact, I'd like to have you experiment with some paradigm-shifting concepts, to show you how to widen your self-definition beyond that of simply "massage therapist." Are you ready?
Upgrading Your Self-Image
Now that you are, by definition, a spa therapist and a massage therapist, you might as well become trained in every modality available to you at the facility. I know that you've shared with me on more than one occasion how important your self-image as a massage therapist is, and how adding a bunch of "wraps and scrubs," as you called them, to your repertoire might downgrade the impact of your therapeutic persona. Well, guess what? I think you're doing yourself a disservice with that attitude. I know, because I had that attitude myself for several years.
No, I don't think a peppermint exfoliation is as powerful as an intense session of neuromuscular therapy, but I do think that it can be much more powerful than you give it credit for. Most of that power comes from within the person giving the treatment (a.k.a., You). For example, I once visited the spa at the Enchantment resort in Sedona, Arizona, which is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I signed up for the aromatherapy wrap, wondering what it would be like. As it turned out, the treatment consisted of a simple application of aromatherapy-infused lotions, followed by a wrap in a muslin sheet. No big deal, right? But something about the way the therapist did her job turned it into much more than just a wrap. It was an expression of care, compassion, and connection, and I ended up experiencing a profound increase in my energy levels as a result.
In other words, the client will get out of it what the therapist puts into it. What are you willing to put into your work at the spa? Nothing less than your whole self will create the level of therapy I know you're capable of providing. And as I mentioned before, if you have the attitude that the spa is your spa, you'll improve your chances at advancement within the spa, and you'll open up opportunities that you can't even imagine right now. The best way to maximize your potential for success is to focus intently on the moment, on the person beneath your fingers, whether you're giving him/her an herbal wrap or a session of high-octane bodywork.
A Powerful Lesson
You also need to understand that the ingredients used in these spa therapies are quite powerful. I recently received a letter from a woman who told an unsettling tale about a spa treatment that had unexpected results:
This scenario reminded me of another incident in which too much peppermint essential oil was used in a bath, resulting in severe chills by the client. You must respect the ingredients used in spa treatments. The purer they are, the more potentially therapeutic they are, but at the same time the more harmful they can be. Fortunately the woman recovered, but not after a scare.
What I'm trying to show you, Lou, is that a wrap, a scrub or any other spa treatment can bring about powerful results. It's up to you to make sure those results are beneficial.
Beyond Wraps and Scrubs
My advice to you is, go ahead and take the training the spa is offering next week. Yes, that means you'll be called upon to give wraps and scrubs in the future, and yes, that means you won't have the opportunity to give as much massage therapy. Go beyond what might initially look negative to you, and see things from a wider perspective. Alternating your massage work with spa modalities will give your body a break, and the therapeutic properties of the ingredients will soak into your body while you apply them, adding to your longevity as a therapist. And don't forget, each new treatment you add to your repertoire also adds to your worth at this spa, and at any other spa you move to in the future. You may find yourself getting paid more for doing treatments that require less physical effort on your part. Working smart is just as important as working hard.
Enjoy yourself at the training! I'll expect a full report when you have time to write again. My guess is you'll be more enthusiastic about these new treatments than you can possibly imagine.
Talk to you later,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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