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God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
June, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 06
The Fifth Element: Integration
By Robin Zill, LMT
Author's note: The 10 Elements of the Spa Experience are designed to teach the consumer and professional about the integrated nature of the spa experience. This is the fifth article in a 12-part series and focuses on the fifth of the 10 elements: Integration.
It is no secret that the underlying saga of the modern American is often one of time-impoverished disconnection.The search for greater understanding of optimal health has taken our culture by storm. We know we have sacrificed our need for an integrated world view for one that emphasizes measurements, quantities, efficiency and money. We are finding out that such a view doesn't always work for us, or for future generations. The fifth element of the spa experience, integration, speaks directly to these issues. We define integration as the personal and social relationship between mind, body, spirit and environment. Located in the center of the circle, the search for personal integration is at the heart of the spa experience.
So, how does the global spa movement address the need for integration? After all, it encourages the need for evolution in industries such as medicine, beauty, resort & hospitality, massage, nutrition, and fitness, to name a few. But even the word integration has lost some of its original intent for the industry. "Mind, body, spirit" often means nothing more to the consumer today than a wellness clinic that has a doctor, massage therapist, nutritionist, and acupuncturist (or a host of other services) renting space under the same roof and sharing a receptionist. The client pays for each of the services separately, and there is no cost-effective way to use the knowledge of this eclectic team in a comprehensive and holistic manner that really meets the needs of the individual in a profitable business forum. We are evolving however, and the desire for the "spa experience" is increasing exponentially in almost every market segment. In order to create the next-century profession, we need to create a synergy between all the various market strands. We need a common language.
The Ousia* (oo SEE ahh) concept, built upon the 10 elements, has begun to define for me the importance of sharing our individual journeys with the goal of creating a new common language. We need to rediscover our roots and update our thoughts, theories, and values. The ousia philosophy consists of four steps designed to facilitate an integrated spa experience: insight, cleanse, nourish, and transform. The steps are based on the Asclepian healing journey of the ancient Greeks.
Asclepius was the god of healing. Those who sought healing began with a simple step: the decision to seek a healthier life. An individual had to walk to the temple on his or her own. During the journey, the seeker saw others returning from the temple. Already the healing journey had begun, because the seeker realized she was not alone. At the temple, she experienced the Greek comedies and tragedies. The arts reflected back the joys and pains of the human experience. (Every healthy culture throughout history embraced the necessity of the arts and beauty in the healing process.) This part of the healing process corresponds to step one: insight.
The next step in the journey is cleanse: the process of purification through water. The ancient baths and bathing rituals of this time attest to the importance of this. Asclepian guests enjoyed a wide range of bathing experiences that prepared them for the therapeutic and transforming experiences to come.
The third step in the ousia journey is nourish: to feed the body, mind, and soul what it uniquely needs. Whether it be food, exercise, massage, medicine, or counseling, experienced staff members find appropriate ways to customize the treatment for the individual.
In the Asclepian journey, the next part of the path was the most important to achieving personal integration. This was the experience of rest and dreaming, letting the unconscious speak. In ancient Greece, the seeker traveled down an elaborate maze-like corridor, eventually ending up in a dream chamber. Again it was up to the individual to ask for greater guidance through dreaming. If lucky, the seeker received a meaningful dream and in a sense were transformed. In order to complete the journey, the seeker needed to leave something of him or herself behind; a sacrifice for the next traveler on the healing path.
In The Web of Life, Fritjof Capra says it this way: "When we see a network of relationships among leaves, twigs, branches, and a trunk, we call it a tree. When we draw a picture of a tree most of us will not draw the roots. Yet the roots of a tree are often as expansive as the parts we see."
Integration demands that we not ignore the "roots" or the "leaves." When all the elements of a spa experience are achieved, they add up to an elusive wholeness. That wholeness brings balance to the cultural pendulum and leads to more integrated lives, rich in connectedness.
Remember, spa is a people's movement. Your voice is important. You can e-mail me at .
* Ousia (oo SEE ahh) : essence, nature; that which makes a thing what it is; a person or object seen from within, yet not a material substance. Applied to our search for fulfillment, ousia denotes divine essence.
Click here for previous articles by Robin Zill, LMT.
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