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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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
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."
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.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 11
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.
Ouch! That hurts. You've been fired from the spa.
It never feels good to get fired, but in your case, it's particularly jarring. Your heart was in the right place, you were doing a great job as supervisor of the massage and body treatments department, and everyone at the spa really liked you -- everyone except one person, that is.
As I suspected, the notorious Ms. X., the spa director, couldn't take the pressure of an up-and-coming therapist who was liked by both management and staff. She was afraid for her own job, perhaps rightly so, and she must have pulled the right strings to get you ousted before you irremediably blocked her own corporate ascension. It's funny, isn't it, how you became a therapist in the first place to escape corporate politics, but now find yourself deeply affected by them once again?
What advice can I give you now that you're out in the big world again, soon to be in need of a job, cut off from the security of the spa that had become more of a home than you had realized? It's not so easy to just stand up and walk away from the spa industry entirely, as you had thought you might be able to do. It's gotten into your blood, hasn't it? The friendships you formed with therapists and other professionals in the business have become important to you now. To leave the spa world would be to leave a part of your family behind. So what are you supposed to do now?
ISPA Was the Right Move
First of all, I'm glad you took my advice and attended the International Spa Association (ISPA) conference in Anaheim, even though you were there as a free agent. It was the right move. The easier thing to do would have been to fold your tail between your legs and slink away. The spa was no longer paying for your trip or your conference registration. You had no support structure to take care of you, no corporation backing you as you continue to grow in the industry. Well, Lou, in the long term, that's the best way to grow, even though it may hurt you in the short term, especially in the wallet.
Attending the conference was a positive, proactive step. Instead of licking your wounds, you put yourself precisely in the spot where the largest concentration of people were gathered who might be able to help you with your next step. And look how it turned out - not just one, not just two, but three new job possibilities!
A Step Backward?
I'm sure the first of these new job possibilities came as a complete surprise. After less than a month, you've been asked to come back on board at the spa. While attending a breakout session entitled "Making Retail Work in your Spa," you ran into your former employer, the owner of the spa, who was attending the conference. When he saw you proactively investing in your own career and education, attempting to learn all you could about making spas work profitably, he took you aside and made you a secret offer to come back on board as the spa director, ousting Ms. X!
You probably made the right choice not to go directly to the owner in the first place, letting Ms. X. and the general manager conspire in the matter of your firing. That way, you had even more clout when you ran into the owner himself. There you were, on your own dime, eagerly soaking up the kind of information a spa owner so dearly wants his employees to focus on - profitability. And where was Ms. X. this whole time? Receiving a manicure in the spa to look her best for the grand ball? I can't believe it. She seems to have chosen the worst possible time to relax and take care of herself. It would have been better for her career if she had taken her manicure before the conference, rather than take time away from valuable learning experiences in order to spruce herself up for the ball. I can just imagine how that looked to the spa owner.
Now you have to decide if you want to head back into the political intrigue you've just been ejected from. The owner will be on your side, but the general manager and his allies might well make things difficult for you. It's definitely a feather in your cap to be asked back by the owner, and he'd protect you in your new position, but this move might be a step backward. It's a tough call.
A Step Up?
A rival spa, across town from the one in which you've been working, spotted your talent, and the owner swooped down upon you at a cocktail reception. I've seen many spa careers get boosted at ISPA cocktail receptions. What a heady experience to be stalked by headhunters, isn't it? You'd start as an assistant spa director, but you'd still be making more money than you were, with better benefits, and more prestige. This spa has a bigger name, a loftier reputation. You can see yourself shooting up the ladder of the spa world, can't you? Within a few more years, if you continue the way you are now, you could end up as an executive in charge of spa operations for a worldwide chain of luxury resort spas. It's happened before.
Hmm, this one is definitely worth considering.
An Intriguing Possibility
Perhaps the most intriguing possibility, from my point of view, is the conversation you had with the woman at the networking breakfast who has gone onboard with a new medical spa startup and thinks you might be a good match for their team. It would mean starting over again as a therapist instead of a supervisor, but you'd be learning a lot in a cutting-edge environment. In my opinion, medical spas are the wave of the future, with prestigious institutions on the verge of opening their own versions on that theme in the near future. The doctors involved with this project were all trained at the Mayo Clinic, which is a pretty good pedigree. This opportunity may be the least certain of your options, as the spa isn't even open yet, and it would require moving to another state. On the other hand, the adventure quotient here if high, and the rewards as far as experience and learning go could be tremendous.
The Right Track
Wow, so many choices. Do you see how this industry works? People keep revolving in and out of positions at a furious pace. It's up to you to keep yourself educated, informed, and well balanced in all applicable disciplines in order to maintain your value as an employee. I think it was wise to take the CranioSacral workshop after leaving the spa, further honing your hands-on skills. And attending ISPA was crucial. Try and see yourself from an employer's point of view now: you have proven therapeutic skills, you're effective at managing people and capable of making tough decisions, and you're learning more about daily operations and profitability. What's it all boil down to? You're becoming a well-rounded valuable asset for any spa, and that's what it takes to succeed in this industry today.
Have no fear. You're on the right track. All you have to do is keep doing what you're doing. One of these new possibilities will work out for you, I'm sure, but as usual, the decision will not be a simple one. Your career, and your future, hangs in the balance.
I look forward to hearing what decision you make.
Until then, take care,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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