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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."
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10
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 decision has been made. The die has been cast. As the supervisor of the massage department at the spa, you recommended that the male therapist accused of harassment be fired, and now he's gone. It was a tough decision, wasn't it? And, as if it wasn't bad enough having to pass judgment on a fellow therapist, now you're facing an additional, completely unforeseen problem having to do with your old nemesis, Ms. X, the spa director.
Surprisingly, it was the director who ended up most perturbed by the firing of the therapist. After a time, it seemed as if she was the only one who felt giving him a second chance was a good idea. Everyone, even the therapists closest to him on the staff, agreed that he'd overstepped his bounds, that his flagrant actions were definitely grounds for dismal. The owners and other upper management of the resort were pleased with your actions, too.
So, what's up with Ms. X?
The Green-Eyed Monster
Lou, in my opinion, what you've just encountered is the first sign of a situation that may lead to your ousting from the spa you've come to love. The situation is called jealousy, and the spa director is aiming it at you. She sees you as someone who is climbing the corporate ladder, because that's what she's been doing herself for years. She doesn't realize that you're operating based on an entirely different set of motivations. You reached the position you're in because you have a passion for your work and the field you're in, not because you want to manage other people. This director, on the other hand, is there precisely because she wants to manage others, taking the fast track to managing an entire property one day.
Tread lightly, Lou, because, whether you like it or not, Ms. X is still the one with the power to have you fired. In fact, from what you've described, it looks to me that's exactly what she's planning on doing.
Consider the signs: Instead of her going to the spa director's retreat that you recommended, the management sent you in her place because you were more of a "hands-on" person, and Ms. X professed feeling uncomfortable about taking all the time off to attend the retreat. She thought she was scoring points with the spa owners by keeping her nose to the grindstone, but what really happened was that she revealed how insecure she is in her position.
Guess what? The more I think about it, the more obvious it becomes to me. The owners of the resort have begun to groom you. They think you're director material yourself. You've been there a year and a half already, which is a lot more time than many other therapists have spent before getting tapped for directorship positions.
No wonder Ms. X is worried. She should be! You're her worst nightmare, even though all you're doing is following your heart and doing the best job you can in the position you've been given. Do you see how it's working? The spa owners see you as someone who could more fittingly represent their philosophy and make their guests happier. You've already proven your ability to manage people and make difficult decisions. The practical skills needed to perform the daily tasks of a manager can be taught. What you've got - heart and talent - is not so easy to instill.
Do you want to become a spa director? It's a question you couldn't even imagine asking yourself two years ago, but now it's a real possibility. The spa owners have already asked you to attend the annual International Spa Association (ISPA) trade show along with Ms. X., and she's not too happy about it. In fact, she's requested that you not attend, citing scheduling difficulties. We both know that's hogwash.
My guess is that if she really does succeed in barring you from attending the show, when she returns to the spa afterward the bomb will be dropped, and you will be named the next director. It's either that, or you'll get fired.
Ms. X. has already shown all the signs of backstage maneuvering. She can't afford to let you keep doing what you've been doing. In this situation, I have two bits of advice for you, and I hope they help.
Stay True to You
First of all, I think it is most important at this juncture to get firmly back in touch with what brought you to where you are in the first place - namely, bodywork. You've been considering taking one of the CranioSacral workshops offered by the Upledger Institute. I'd consider this a prime opportunity to do just that. Get away from the spa for a weekend. Take the course. Immerse yourself in a new technique. Feel your hands on people, doing what they love to do best.
This, in my opinion, is your true strength. You're a great massage therapist - sensitive, strong, and with great palpatory skills. To downplay this aspect of your personality now would be a mistake. As you move forward into the spa industry, if indeed that's what you end up doing, it will be good if you keep yourself grounded in the real work being done there. It's all too easy, as I've learned from personal experience, to get caught up in the mechanics of the spa world, rather than its message.
Stay true to you, Lou. Take that time. Settle your heart and clear your mind. Things will look different when you come back from the workshop.
Go to ISPA
Second, no matter what happens with Ms. X., I say go to the ISPA conference anyway, even if the spa doesn't send you. That's right. It might sound strange, but I believe you'll end up better off if you make this move. In the end, we're all private agents in this industry, and you're now getting to the point at which networking and contacts are going to be vital for you. ISPA is the best place to create and nurture those contacts.
What do you think Ms. X. is going to be doing at the conference? That's right, nurturing her own set of contacts. If you don't go, and then somehow through political maneuvering you get ousted from the spa, where will you be? You'll be up a creek without a paddle. Also, I think your spa owners will look favorably upon your attending this conference on your own. They'd see you as serious about your spa career if you pay for it yourself, because it's an investment of several hundred dollars, as much or more than one of your weekend massage workshops.
You can't lose by choosing to go to ISPA, no matter who pays for it. It will open up doors for you that you didn't even know existed. After the conference, things are going to change for, you one way or the other, so you'd best be prepared.
Steve Capellini, LMT
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