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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
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.
I can't believe it's already been a year since you've begun your spa odyssey. Now you're a full-fledged member of an industry that employs well over 100,000 people. Plus, as a massage therapist, you're on the front lines of this expanding sector. You are the person spa guests spend time with. You are the person they look to as a living example of the health and wholeness they seek. They want you to walk your talk!
I hope you've benefited from our conversations thus far. What started out as a simple correspondence has turned into a correspondence course for spa therapists! (Editor's note: To read the complete archives of Steve's Spa Letters column, go to www.massagetoday.com/columnists/capellini/articles.html.)
"What's next?" you asked in your last letter. Good question. You've been at the spa for some time, and have become a valuable asset through your training, dedication and hard work. Now that spa season is in full swing again, you're ripe to "make your move," or at least take the first step up the spa ladder. But toward what?
It may feel as if you're suddenly in a dead-end position; maybe you're even questioning why you got into the spa business in the first place. Everywhere you look, you see a long line of therapists in front of you. You've just run into what I call the "Seniority Syndrome," and I don't blame you for feeling frustrated.
Your enthusiasm and energy are colliding with a system that has been in place at most spas (and many businesses in general) for years. Therapists who've worked at the spa longer than you are given preference for prime shifts and time off, simply because the start-date of their employment was earlier than yours. As you've pointed out, some of these "senior" therapists are resting on their laurels, not doing the best work they're capable of. You think they're taking advantage of the system.
You may be right. However, keep in mind that you might possibly behave the same way if, a few years from now, you find yourself in a cushy senior position. If that were to happen, you might resent the energy and enthusiasm of an upstart -- such as the person you are right now!
The problem, in my mind, is not so much with individuals, but with the system itself. Given sufficient motivation and opportunity, most spa therapists will want to continue to improve themselves and their work.
Your best bet now is to continue to work closely (and obediently!) with your spa director, massage supervisor, and other managers. When the time is right, let the director know about an alternative to the seniority system. I saw it in action at a spa in northern California once, and it worked quite well.
Instead of the existing "senioritocracy,"consider an alternative system I'll call a "meritocracy." Rather than awarding therapists simply for sticking around, this system is based on monthly guest comment cards, plus longevity on the job, which does count for something, after all.
If the therapists who garner the most favorable comments also receive the most prized shifts and optimal number of hours, it will work for the benefit of the spa, the guests, and the therapists, who will be motivated to do their best work. The only problem with this system is that sometimes, over-zealous therapists solicit favorable guest comments. Spot-checks need to be in place to guard against this. All guest comments should be unsolicited.
Lou, I have a feeling you're going to go far in the spa industry. You just have to find a way to reign in your enthusiasm right now so it can be used for the greater good. Sooner than you think, you're going to be a senior employee yourself. Exercise compassion toward others in your workplace who are dealing with their own challenges. Believe me, you'll need the same type of compassion in return one day.
Something you can do today is begin to create your own private meritocracy. Continue to do the best work you can do, on all levels that the job demands. That hard work will take you to the place your heart wants you to be -- your soul's calling.
More about this next time I write. Until then, take care,
Click here for previous articles by Steve Capellini, LMT.
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