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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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