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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
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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