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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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 09
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.
Uh-oh. This is one of the hardest decisions you've had to make for a long time. You've only been the supervisor of the spa therapists for a few months, and already you're being asked to fire somebody! The situation came about swiftly, as these things do, and now suddenly the entire staff is looking at you to see what you'll do. It's crisis time.
A Case of Harassment
One of the male therapists under your supervision has been accused of sexual harassment by several female guests. Management, of course, says to get rid of him right away, but you're inclined to investigate further and see if it's not as black and white as they might think. It might be a mistake, you feel, to engage a knee-jerk reaction in such a delicate situation. Tact and discretion are called for, so I totally agree with you. One thing is certain - maintaining the integrity of your spa and your profession is a top priority. Your decisions and actions, in close coordination with those of the owners and the spa director, are critical at this juncture.
There are several steps to take as you proceed gingerly through these dangerous waters.
Get the Whole Picture
In emotionally charged situations like this, hysterics often rule. You're going to be bombarded from all sides by people who believe fiercely in their own version(s) of the story. Don't let one point of view sway you, especially in the beginning. At times it may be a struggle, but, in my view, it's best to remain impartial, perhaps even seeming aloof, as the various parties bring you their points of view. After all, you're being called upon to function somewhat like a judge in this situation.
Supervisor First, Therapist Second
You're also now acting as a supervisor, not a therapist. When you decided to accept this position, you knew there would be times when you would be pitted against your former colleagues. This is one of those situations. The therapists on staff are looking at you with their own agendas. Some hope that you recommend firing the therapist, because they don't want the taint of scandal hanging over their workplace. Some may feel their in competition with this therapist and would like to see him gone. Others hope that you recommend not firing him, because they feel it's too easy for people to wrongly accuse therapists these days, and that our profession should be protected against unfounded attacks.
Know one thing: After you make your decision and pass your recommendations onto the spa director, you are not going to be popular with everyone in both camps. Sides will be chosen. Lines will be drawn. It's part of the price you pay for becoming a decision maker. And now that you're in that situation, how can you be sure you're making the best decision? You can never be 100% sure, but the best thing you can do is follow the precepts of justice and reasonableness as they've been handed down to you. Then act from your heart.
Look at the Law
To form an objective, well-thought-out opinion in this situation, you need to know what is legal and illegal in your state. Believe it or not, rules change from place to place regarding draping and precise conduct, although we all have the same ethical guidelines to follow, as laid down by massage industry associations. Know these guidelines and the law well. In addition, it may help to understand more broad-based statutes regarding sexual misconduct in general.
Recent years have seen a rampant increase in accusations of sexual harassment, some of which have been more founded than others, and many of which cannot conclusively be proven one way or the other. When it's a question of two people in a room alone, it's a matter of one person's word against another's. I've seen large judgments against respectable men in diverse fields, based solely on the word of a young woman who may or may not have had revenge or vindictiveness as a prime motivation.
A Personal Experience
I feel comfortable giving you this advice, Lou, because I dealt with similar situations on two occasions. Once, while supervisor at a large resort spa, I was called into the spa director's office in the middle of a busy afternoon and asked to pull one of the therapists off the floor. He was handcuffed and led away by two officers, and I had to cover for his remaining clients that day myself. A woman who'd been a guest of the spa several weeks earlier had called the authorities and accused this therapist of rape. He left the profession in disgrace.
More recently, I was called to mediate in a case with accusations that were less severe, but nonetheless quite troublesome. A therapist at the spa at which I was consulting had been accused of "potentially inappropriate behavior" by several women over time. I met with him and the general manager of the property once, and it seemed we had the situation under control. There had been some misunderstanding, the therapist pleaded. He would be more careful about draping, decorum, and modesty in the future. He was a highly praised therapist at the spa and we didn't want to lose him. When two more women complained, however, we had no choice. He had to go.
In my opinion, the bottom line in these situations boils down to one essential question: Has a guest complained? If so, something is wrong -- end of story -- regardless of how sincere the therapist may appear while professing innocence.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to be prudish on this issue. I understand that some couples who met first as therapist/client in a massage encounter have ended up getting married. Attractions do happen. We can't turn off our humanity in the massage room. However, whatever attractions may surface need to be taken out of the massage room and into an acceptable arena before they are acted upon.
Spa therapists, especially males, have to be especially careful these days. Guests come to your resort expecting to relax, have a great time, and be given the royal treatment. Perhaps some of them let their guard down a little. It is unfair to take advantage of that relaxed attitude by instigating any unwanted sensual scenario. At the very least, the therapist in question is guilty of insensitivity, and the situation needs to be dealt with in a firm, swift manner.
I look forward to hearing how you've dealt with your particular situation. Until then, take care of yourself.
Click here for previous articles by Steve Capellini, LMT.
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