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What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
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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