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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.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
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.
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.
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.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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.
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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
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.
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?
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
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.
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.
December, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 12
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.
So, you're going to work in a medical spa. Congratulations.
You could probably tell from my last letter that I felt this was the right direction for you to take. Medical spas are the wave of the future. In fact, I think that over the next two decades, the distinction between spas and medical facilities will continue to blur, until eventually, we will barely be able to remember the days when we thought of them as such separate facilities.
Consider this: major medical establishments such as John's Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic are aggressively pursuing the development of wellness facilities and spas. They have "seen the light" and have already contacted professionals in the industry to help formulate their plans. These new facilities will feature the latest technology and some of the best physicians, but they will also offer people the comfort and hands-on care found in spas. Practitioners will spend more time, on average, with each person, who may well be called a "guest," as in the spa model, rather than a "patient," as in the medical model. Traditional doctors and experts in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) will work side-by-side to develop detailed life plans for their guests, attempting not only to stave off disease once it arises, but to create optimal health throughout each individual's lifespan.
Many new facilities will focus on longevity. I personally know of several well-funded startups focusing on this aspect of the medical spa, with treatments and programs tailored to those who wish to maintain youthful looks and health for as long as possible. This paradigm is nothing new - the Pritikin Longevity Center started back in the 70s, and it's interesting to note that Pritikin has just recently amended its name to "Longevity Center & Spa."
So, longevity centers are moving toward spas, and spas are moving toward longevity centers, and the whole medical industrial complex is moving somewhere right into the middle of it all. Knowing this, how can you fit in?
The Holy Grail
First of all, it's important to understand something that is going on in the spa world right now that will impact your chances at success within it. Currently, there is a great quest going on, and there are a number of players seeking the elusive "holy grail" of the spa world. What is this holy grail? Nobody knows for sure exactly what it will look like, but everyone knows it will include a chain of spas or spa-like facilities that capture the public's imagination (and dollars) in a big way. It will be the key brand in a future dominated by wellness-oriented spa facilities. From what you've told me, the owners of this medical spa that is hiring you believes they have a chance to become this key brand. Believe me, there are dozens of others who believe the same thing.
To succeed in this early phase of the new medical spa world, there are several things you can do to make yourself more attractive to those people seeking this "holy grail." By understanding their mindset, you can help them on their quest. This will benefit you on your own personal quest for success and fulfillment. It's important, though, not to get too caught up in the fervor of this quest. People hot on the trail of the holy grail often get blinded by their own ambition. Successful navigation of this next tricky part of your career path requires two apparently opposing qualities: a cool, calm rational perspective and also a truckload of enthusiasm.
Keep Your Cool
I understand you're excited, but in this situation, your excitement may not serve you. Let me explain.
If you hop on board the dreamboat created by the owners of this new medical spa, you're going to be in for a rough ride at first, because their concept is not proven yet, and the clientele is still being created. So, rather than jump feet first, keep a cool head, and ask yourself some practical questions:
There are other questions, of course, but I think you get the idea. You're someone who always strives to do the best possible job, Lou, and I know you're going all out in this new position, but I'm worried that you're going to overextend yourself. Remember, you've got to take care of yourself to be able to help others!
Medical Spa Rah-Rah
All of these warnings notwithstanding, let's not forget that you're also embarking on an extremely fun, challenging and exciting mission. At this early stage in the development of the medical spa category, the fledgling field needs all the enthusiastic boosting it can get, especially from those of us who find ourselves working in the trenches, trying to make a consciousness shift in the minds of millions of people.
So... get fired up! You're going where few spa therapists have gone before. You'll be working with people who have serious medical conditions, people who've recently undergone surgery (cosmetic and otherwise). You'll be standing side-by-side with doctors who'll expect you to know what they're talking about when they reference medical codes and other arcane information. The people on your treatment table are going to expect more than just relaxation. They're going to expect results.
It's up to you to become an ambassador for this new field. By getting more serious about your skills, developing them further, and soaking up all the knowledge you're going to be surrounded with, you will soon add immeasurably to your value as a therapist, as an employee, and as a contributing member of society. It's a worthy path you're on.
The next time I have a chance to write, I'll fill you in on some of the details regarding the hands-on skills you'll likely need to develop in your new position. I have a few other friends who work in the medical spa field, and I'm sure their experience will be of help to you.
Until then, take care,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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