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A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
February, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 02
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, the medical spa is open, and you're interfacing with doctors and nurses and physical therapists. You're looking at forms, charts and files. You're wearing blue surgical scrubs to work, and feeling a little different about your massage career than you did a few months ago at the luxury spa. It's not exactly the way you thought it would be, is it? I understand you're feeling a little let down now, after all the anticipation of getting the medical spa up and running. Reality is seldom as romantic as imagined.
Your two main complaints about your new position are ones I had myself, when I first worked with plastic surgeons who were converting their offices to mini-spas. Complaint number one -you feel there's too much emphasis on the external beauty aspect of the services rendered at the spa, rather than true health and well being; complaint number two - you didn't fully realize you'd have to wait until the insurance reimbursements came through to receive the commissions on the services you give.
I'll talk a little about these issues, and see if there's a way I can help put you more at ease when it comes to working in the medical spa environment. You don't want to bail already; after all, it's only been a month, and you're not even sure the spa will be a success or not. I think you should give it more time and see what happens, especially considering you've just relocated to a new city.
More Than Skin Deep
I can see why you might feel the spa is focusing too much on the aesthetic aspects of health (tummy tucks, liposuctions and face lifts), rather than the holistic/preventive aspects that inspired you to join the field in the first place. You're at a medical spa, where you thought you'd have the chance to interface with people on a more in-depth level, and you've ended up dealing with more superficial issues than you did at the luxury spa. There, you were free to deal with clients as you saw fit, but now things are more regimented. How can you apply your deeply therapeutic skills to someone interested primarily in reducing hip measurement?
I think we're at an early phase of the entire medical/spa integration, and we have a long way to go to reach the lofty plateau you thought you were going to step into right away. Indeed, a handful of spas offer guests serious medical screening and comprehensive lifestyle assessments, such as those at La Quinta Spa, the Chopra Center for Well Being at La Costa, and the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa's Destinations Health programs. I believe this is the wave of the future, even though it's taking a while for the general public to catch on and fully embrace the new paradigm.
What we have to deal with right now, however, is that a majority of the public regard spas as places where they can go to look and feel their best. These are the famous "Baby Boomers" who want it all, and want it now; the me, me, me, me, me generation. I know this doesn't sit well with your natural therapist's instincts of wanting to help people on a meaningful level, but I don't think you should write off the medical spa just yet.
The way I feel about this issue can be summed up in the words of Jen Kerr, who once said "I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin deep. That's deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?"
In other words, it's OK for people to be focusing on their beauty, Lou, and you can help them get the most out of their experience, rather than fighting against what you called the "superficial culture" of the spa.
I know it must be tough, waiting months for a good chunk of your money to come through, but hey, you knew buying into the medical model was going to have some drawbacks. The insurance labyrinth is one of them. I agree it's not an ideal situation, and as an employee, you shouldn't have to wait to receive compensation, just because the business hasn't received payment for the services you've rendered. But remember, you are not just an employee; you're a partner, with stock options, and you're partaking of both the upside and the downside of the business's cash flow.
Consider yourself lucky that a large percentage of the medical spa's business is "out of pocket" because these are for the most part elective cosmetic procedures not covered by insurance. Can you imagine what it would be like if 80 percent of your paycheck was withheld, rather than 20 percent?
Give It Some Time
Lou, it concerns me a little that you're already thinking about leaving the medical spa. You should at least give it a couple more months. Sometimes those of us in the spa industry for a long time refer to the high-turnover rate in soap-opera terms - "As The Spa World Turns." People are constantly hopping from one property to another, sometimes to the detriment of the spa guests' experiences.
I'd like to see you hang in there for a while and see where this medical spa paradigm will take you. Who knows? There may be some unknown reason you are where you are right now. Perhaps it's not the stock options, or even the chance to work in a medical setting, that has brought you to where you are, but something else entirely - something hidden, something about to be. Just wait and see.
Until next time,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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