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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.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
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.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
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?
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
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.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
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.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
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.
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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