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Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
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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