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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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
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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