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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 01
The Five Seasons of Spa: Winter
By Robin Zill, LMT
The seasons of life impact how we evolve over a lifetime, a day or even a moment. If we are in harmony with the physical environment we live in, we experience one of the only constants in the universe: change.This dynamic interaction between self and environment over time is the essence of living. Observing and integrating the seasons into daily living can enhance all aspects of self: mind, body, spirit and soul. If nothing is permanent except change, and we embrace this reality, we take charge of our own lives; we become conscious pioneers of our own frontiers.
Embracing the living patterns of nature is key not only to a healthy life, but to a successful business. In previous articles, I articulated some of the language and meaning behind the 10 Elements of the Spa Experience:
In this series, I hope to deepen your understanding of the ousia (essence) of living, using the seasons and how they change and interact with the 10 elements as a guide for spa business and personal lifestyle planning. Let's begin with the season of winter - a time of increased sensitivity and inward movement for the individual. It is a season of resting and silence, and a time of listening. It is a time of contemplation and reflection, and a time to prepare for the spring, which is an outgoing, action-oriented time.
When the environment cools down, animals hibernate and trees become barren: bark and evergreen hues reflect against a clear blue sky. It is important to note how the cool colors and temperature during this time affect our feelings and natural inclinations. Winter is a time to retreat inward; a time to receive, or perhaps even "conceive," in a metaphorical sense. In winter, the seeds of the next life cycle are created. Although the ebb and flow of cycles varies for everyone (and differs according to where we are situated on the planet), this general sense of seasonal winter is something most people experience. However, usually we do not understand or embrace its importance to health. During the winter months, many people consider themselves "not on top of their game," and feel lazy and unfocused. Taking time to listen and reflect is as important as action. I like to think of it as living smarter, not harder. Think of it as the dynamic between the art of being and becoming.
Massage therapists can be excellent mentors in this regard, teaching their clients to relax and receive. Ironically, this act of creating space for the client to be receptive is an active, conscious intention and skill. This month, observe or receive a treatment from an experienced massage therapist you admire. Try to articulate or define the actions, intentions and actual language he or she uses to create the space in which you learn how to deeply receive. What does he or she do that is qualitatively different and unique?
After the winter solstice on December 21 (the shortest day of the year,) the days begin to get lighter again, foreshadowing the new growth of spring and the time for action, birth, plans and vision. From a spa business perspective, the winter cycle is the time to solidify vision and business goals for the future. It is a time to read trade magazines; visit other spas; go to classes; talk with peers; and meditate and reflect on your goals. Because this winter season is metaphorical in nature, the process can happen in any physical season. The key is that you actively embrace the reflective part of creating a meaningful and practical business plan by being receptive, assimilating information, and listening to your deeper self - your inner vision.
Professionally, it is also a time to identify resources and allies, and to articulate business obstacles you may need to overcome. It is a time to organize. I like to think of this time as planning a garden for spring. I love looking at the beautiful, lush gardens of the seed magazines, as I love looking at spa trade magazines featuring lavish and ornate spas - but there are numerous things to bear in mind. Before you "plant," consider these thoughts:
Maintaining a spa business truly is comparable to maintaining a garden. In essence, a successful spa incorporates many aspects of healthy living, so many choices need to be made. After all, not every flower will bloom in every garden. Discipline will help make your vision and business goals succinct, clear and reachable. Purpose and vision will bring joy to your work. From feasibility to marketing; location; layout; equipment selection; treatment and menu planning; staff training; financing; etc., the garden is a timeless metaphor for keeping you in touch with the seasons of natural healthy living, and as a tool for running a next-level spa business that keeps meaning, purpose, balance and chance at the forefront of your business plan.
Nature is our best teacher.
Click here for previous articles by Robin Zill, LMT.
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