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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.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
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.
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.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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.
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?
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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.
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.
April, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 04
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.
You've done it! You've moved into management! It's a bigger step than you thought it would be, right? And yet it happened incredibly fast.That's the way the spa industry is moving these days. People who show promise are moving quickly to fill the many openings in spa management created by the proliferation of facilities being built. You're riding the wave of a phenomenon. Now you've just got to be careful not to fall off.
OK, now that you've made your choice, there are certain guidelines you can follow that, in my opinion, will make it possible for you to not blow a gasket and run screaming back into the ranks of full time, hands-on massage therapists. That's exactly what happens to many therapists who try working in spa management, because the job is so incredibly different than the one they're used to, with so many unique challenges and potential frustrations.
I don't mean to depress you, but rather to make this decision of yours real, as it's a decision that I made myself several years ago. It's only been a few days, but the initial celebration of your promotion is already over, and now it's time to get down to work.
It's good that you're still going to be working hands-on as a therapist at least half of the time. This will keep you immersed in the work you love while you get your feet wet in the new world of management. In the meantime, here are four guidelines I followed as I transitioned into supervisory/managerial roles in the spa world. I hope they provide some help for you, too.
As you move up in any organization, you're going to need to form relationships with people in many different fields. While you were strictly a therapist, it was easiest probably to make friends with other therapists, plus receptionists, guests coordinators, and others you came into direct contact with. But as a manager, things are going to be different... or at least they should be.
I heard a story once about the CEO of a large corporation who knew the name of everybody there, including the janitors. When I took my first managerial position at a spa, I made it a point to do the same thing, even though it might have been a little premature on my part (I never did become the CEO). Something wonderful happened, though, when I took on that CEO's mentality. As I made it a point to talk with and get to know everyone in every department, people started respecting me, and I quickly figured out that respect breeds respect.
I also was quick to figure out that people who respect you are much more willing to do what you'd like them to do when the time comes to get something done, which leads me to the next point. I believe it's a good idea to be ready to do absolutely anything that becomes necessary to do in the course of your work and the overall spa's operations.
Be Willing to Do Everything
What I mean by this is that you should be ready to get down on your knees and scrub the tiles, clean up in the bathrooms and drill holes through drywall with a ¼th inch bit. If the people who work for you and with you see that you don't hold yourself above anything or anyone, they will not feel shamed when you ask them to do the same thing.
Some managers will disagree with me on this point, thinking that it's better to retain a respectful distance from the staff, and you can take my words with a grain of salt, Lou, but over the years it's worked for me really well. There will always be times when you can get dressed up in a professional suit, sit in a board room and command the respect you deserve for the opinions and insights you've gained through your hands-on work. But don't put the cart before the horse. It's better to get your hands dirty first, then explain how to dig the hole.
What you're going to find in your new position, almost immediately, is that you have a long list of new tasks to accomplish. Whereas your therapist's responsibilities included 1.) showing up;and 2.) performing a good service, now suddenly you're flooded with a lot of options as to how you're going to fill your hours and days when you're not in the treatment room.
My advice here is to set up some priorities as fast as you can. You'll discover what these priorities are quickly, as they present themselves to you on a daily basis. Grapple with the toughest issues first, spending time to work your way entirely through the problem.
With any luck, you can automate the procedure that needs attention, so it won't require so much of your attention in the future. I've done that with payroll systems on the computer, for example, and it's worked great. After you master one area, check it off on your list (you do keep a written list, right?), and more on to the next item.
You Are, After All, the Boss
Finally, Lou, you've got to remember that, even though you were a rank-and-file therapist just last week, now you're the supervisor of the whole spa body treatments department, reporting to the spa director. You have greater responsibilities and greater concerns. You deserve the recognition of the people around you because you've stepped into this position. It's a position recognized by everyone in the scenario - Spa Treatment Supervisor.
Sounds good, doesn't it? Now you have to go out and earn the respect the title demands. I can't wait to hear how it goes!
Steve Capellini, LMT
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