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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.
August, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 08
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.
The suggestions in my last letter didn't seem to do you much good. You still have an ornery spa directory on your hands, and now she's threatening to fire you for no apparent reason. Beware my friend: many spa employees have lost their positions to office politics, which are as rampant in this "healing" environment as they are at any corporation. You've got to be careful! I do have a few more suggestions that you can take with a grain of salt. See if they sit well with you, and if you feel it's the right direction to go in, then act accordingly.
The suggestions come from two different angles, both aimed at improving the relationship you have with Ms. X, the troublesome spa director.
A Home in the Spa
Your spa director is someone who came to the field through the management ranks of the resort chain for whom you work. This is great, since she knows the ins and outs of budgets, overall marketing strategy, interdepartmental cooperation, upper-level policy making guidelines, and other important corporate realities, but the one attribute she sorely lacks is spa knowledge. Her heart has not brought her into the spa, like your heart brought you, or the other therapists, and she's feeling a little out of place. Since she's a human being, she probably feels the need to fit in and create a home in the spa for herself, but it's difficult. How can she truly join the ranks of spa directors without knowing, in her bones, how it feels to serve other people in a hands-on way?
Many in Ms. X's position have holed up in their spa director's office, closed the door, and waited out their tenure, hoping to move onto another assignment, in another department, as soon as possible. But that needn't be the case. There is a way for your spa director to feel more a part of the spa world, and to join the sorority of women who have found a niche for themselves there, if she so desires.
A Retreat Treat
I suggest you give your spa director the flier I've included with this letter, and tell her there's a treat in store for her if she'll sign up for the annual women's spa director's retreat, created by Tara Spa Therapy and hosted at a different spa each year. It's been going for four years now, and gets more popular all the time.
One of the women who attended it last year called the retreat a temporary escape from the craziness of day-to-day spa operations in a setting that offers spa directors an inside peek at other famous facilities. If your spa director goes on one of these retreats, she'll benefit in a number of ways:
Ms. X must have ended up working in the spa, with you, for a reason. I hope that reason is not simply to have you fired. In fact, I'm sure it's not. From what you've told me, she's someone who is a little unsure of herself and is looking for a way to really make a mark with her career. She's probably a great spa director in disguise. If she gets the chance to see her own hopes and aspirations reflected in the eyes of all those fellow female spa directors, chances are she'll come back a kinder, gentler boss
A Seminar Vacation
The other way you can approach this director dilemma is from your own end. What can you do to change the dynamic in the soured relationship? If I were you, Lou, I'd think about going on a retreat, too. What I have in mind isn't so relaxing, perhaps, as a four-day trip to a luxury spa, but it's something from which you'll gain tremendously. Maybe it will even send you in a new direction in your career. I'm thinking about a four-day seminar for people in the spa industry who want to learn more about the nuts and bolts of how spas work. Now that you're a supervisor, rather than "just" a therapist, you know that there's a lot more to spas than just making people feel good on a table. The business is intense, and there's a lot to know. That's where the seminar comes in. It will teach you things you never even thought about in terms of spa management , operations, staff issues, budgets, and other topics you might have thought you didn't care about but now realize are extremely important. Who knows, maybe it will even help you move quickly into an upper position yourself some day. It's happened before.
I suggest you find out more about these seminars, and plan your next vacation around one. They range in price, and are given in different parts of the country, which means you'll have to travel, but the investment in your career will probably pay off many times over. Several companies offer this type of advanced spa education, like Preston Wynne, the Bramham Institute, and Cosmopro. There's sure to be one that works for you, and no matter which one you chose, it's bound to give you a better understanding of your newly adopted industry.
A Spa Gap?
You know the old cliché, "East is east and west is west, and never the twain shall meet"? Well, some people think that's true of spa directors and spa employees. There's just too much of a gap, they say, between management and line staff for them ever to see eye-to-eye. However, I feel that there's a lot of room for communication, and if proactive people such as yourself take responsibility and learn how to see things from the other person's perspective and your own, it will make for a better working environment for everyone.
Talk to you later,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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