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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
December, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 12
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 experienced the benefits of herbal wraps firsthand now, by going through your own personal mini-detox program right there at the spa. Great idea! I think more spa therapists should put their own bodies on the line. It shows your spa guests that you really believe in what you're doing, and it can inspire them to experience it for themselves.
I remember once at a spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, I received a clay detox treatment from a gentleman in his 70s who exuded vibrant health. He told me he constantly took advantage of the spa's employee discount program to receive treatments, and that when he was off work, he spent a lot of time meditating and playing on the golf course. He was the most relaxed, content and inspired spa worker I've ever met, at an age when most people yearn for retirement. In fact, he said he could have retired, but the atmosphere in the spa was so alluring that he chose to keep working.
A Book's Worth of Information
Of course, herbal wraps are not the only treatments that can offer profound benefits, and you've got your work cut out for you in the months ahead as you learn the ins and outs of such esoteric matters as thalassotherapy; Ayurvedic body wraps; mango body scrubs; and more. Remember, though, this is the type of job that most people dream about having. Like you said, it's not too hard to feel grateful each day when your life revolves around making people, including yourself, feel better and achieve heightened levels of wellness.
It would take me an entire book to write about the benefits of all the services offered at your spa. In fact, I did write a book about it, didn't I? That's the subject of The Royal Treatment. I know someday you'll get around to reading it, if you can just tear yourself away from those mysteries for a few hours. There are a number of good books on the subject, actually, all of which can help both professionals like you and the general public understand the plethora of treatments available. Check out Julie Register's list of such books on the about.com spa site, http://spas.about.com/cs/spabookstore1.
Keep the Heat On
Some of my favorite spa therapies include paraffin baths (great for therapists' hands between treatments, too), fango mud wraps, stone therapy and hydrotherapy.
Do you notice one thing in common with all of my favorites, including the herbal wrap I wrote about in my last letter? That's right, they're all heat treatments. For me, nothing beats heat when it comes to spa therapy. I've been known to drive thousands of miles to reach remote hot springs in the wilderness, just to experience heat direct from nature. You take something unremarkable, like a river rock, then heat it up, and it becomes a therapeutic tool of remarkable power.
I'm sure you have your own preferred spa treatment protocols. The challenge is to identify them, elaborate upon them, then offer the fruits of your enthusiasm to the guests who come to you for treatments.
I have an idea that I'd like to recommend to you: First, make sure you get permission from your spa director; second, start to take advantage of where you are and, over the coming weeks, make your own list of the top five spa treatments your spa offers, and then personally experience every one of them, getting fellow employees to join you in the process if you can. Finally, create your own personal resource, be it a one-page handout; a mini-brochure; a page on the World Wide Web; or something that you can personally offer the guests you come in contact with - something that shows them how much your care about their well-being, and how you believe in the spa's offerings for your own personal wellness. If you don't want to write this information down, that's OK. At least you'll have it in your mind (and in the cells of your body), so that when guests ask, you'll be fully prepared to answer them.
Enthusiasm + Caution = A Safe, Successful Spa
There's one caveat here: as you recommend your favorite services to the guests, remember that what you consider nirvana might be a nightmare for someone else. Even though I love the herbal wrap, for example, I know there are people out there who would pay good money not to get wrapped in steaming hot sheets. You've got to keep contraindications, both physical and psychological, in mind as you create and grow your personal resource guide for spa therapies. There is, in fact, some rather mysterious equipment used in some quirky spa treatments today that even you or I might think twice about experiencing. You've told me you have some of this equipment at your own facility, such as the puzzling fire-hydrant type spigot in one of your wet rooms.
So, the next time I have time to write, I'll tell you about some of the treatments that aren't seen much anymore, even though spas often still have the equipment, usually a leftover from earlier spa incarnations.
Until then, take care,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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