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An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
July, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 07
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, everything's running smoothly at the spa for a change, eh? You're firmly in charge as the supervisor of treatments; your staff appreciates the efforts you've made to create a better work environment for them; and management is pleased by your ability to cut costs and still offer superior service.Plus, you still get to do 20 hours of your own hands-on work each week. What could be finer?
Of course, there always has to be at least one fly in the ointment, and in this case that fly's name is Ms. X, the spa director. Like many spa directors, she's landed in the position via the management route rather than moving up through the ranks of spa line staff, and so in your opinion she doesn't have the skills needed to communicate with authority to your fellow therapists. Yet communicate she must, even though she's put her foot in her mouth on a number of occasions. So, how can you, a massage supervisor, educate a spa director?
Step One: Put Yourself in Your Place
First, make sure that your head is securely attached to your shoulders and hasn't inflated to five times its normal size after your recent promotion and pay raise. The last thing you want to get involved with is some political maneuvering in which you'll likely be perceived as angling for yet another promotion, perhaps even taking over the spa director position, much too quickly. You have to let things take their natural course, and right now that course includes Ms. X.
Once your ego is firmly in check and there is no danger of doing something you'll later regret, you can then proceed to step two.
Step Two: Put Yourself in Her Place
Next, think about Ms. X's position. Like many people who are not completely familiar with every aspect of the work their staff does, she may feel somewhat insecure, although according to your description she acts exactly the opposite. That's what insecurity does. Rather than confronting her head-on, though, take the diplomatic route and put yourself in her place first.
She knows she needs to become better acquainted with what you and your team do behind closed doors in the therapy rooms, and she'd feel much more comfortable if she could speak your language, but how can she go about saying that without looking incompetent in this one particular area? Some people are comfortable admitting to what they don't know, but your spa director doesn't seem to be such a person. So what can you do? How about trying a little education?
Step Three: The Education of a Spa Director
I propose that you approach your spa director privately, either through a letter or in person, without anybody else knowing, and tell her about the educational opportunities that exist for people in her position. She may be surprised to learn, for example, that massage schools are starting to perceive the need for spa directors to learn more about what their staffs do, and at least one has already planned a workshop tailored specifically to this audience. The Utah School of Massage received an encouraging response to their initial idea for a special spa director's training class. The folks there imagine, correctly, that there are a large number of directors who would benefit by learning the basics of what their therapists are doing. Imagine it: Ms. X with a fellow spa director's glutes in her hands, learning petrissage. This is the type of thing that will both inform and humble her. Try calling the school to see when they're next going to offer the course. I think they're planning on one sometime next year.
As an alternative, you might let one of the vendors who supply you with products and training do a little side-training for the director. Sure, Ms. X can sit in on trainings with the rest of the staff, but in that environment she can't receive the individualized attention a non-therapist needs. It probably won't be too difficult to convince a vendor that it's worthwhile to invest private time with a spa director. After all, the director is key in making decisions about which products to use, so it's in the vendors' best interest to stay on her good side.
If you can't find someone else who is willing to educate Ms. X, consider doing the job yourself. But you have to be politically correct and couch the suggestion in amenable terms. How about something like this? "Ms. X, I know you've been working extremely hard to make sure the spa is running in tip top form, and that probably hasn't left you time to keep up with the latest advances in spa therapy being performed here. I'd like to suggest that I give you a one-on-one presentation of some techniques we're using now, telling you how we do what we do, and why, and maybe you can try your hand at it yourself a little."
Step Four: Surrender to the Outcome
Of course, your spa director may not be open to such suggestions, in which case you can forget all about these ideas. Instead of trying to force unwanted information on her, it's better to drop the idea. You're still going to have to deal on a day-to-day basis with someone who is not fully versed in the language of what you're doing, however, so in this case I would suggest the following: get over it.
That's right. Just surrender to the idea that this particular spa director is not the ideal person you would like to be working with in an ideal world. But then again, you're always going to find that something is not perfect, no matter where you're working or what your circumstances are. What is there in your relationship with Ms. X that is instructive? What positives can you create from the situation? How can you make her job easier, now that you know her limitations?
Perhaps most importantly, refer back to step number one. Take a look at yourself as you ponder trying to change the behavior of somebody else. What could you do to be more humble, more highly educated, more helpful to the entire operation you're involved with at the spa? Perhaps there's a training course or two you could take yourself that would help you better understand Ms. X's position and her point of view. If you can find one, take it, and expand your mind. You'll be glad you did.
Talk to you later,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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