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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 03
Where's the Water?
By John Fanuzzi
As we shift our focus from the specifics of building a successful spa to this next series, called "Where's the Water?" I can't help thinking back to my first experience with the word "spa." I was about 20 years old (about 1970); a friend invited me as a guest to work out on the weight machines and soak in the hot tub at a place called the "European Health Spa." I was impressed with the entire operation, especially the hot tub.I noticed I did not have any of the postworkout muscle soreness/fatigue that would normally occur if I was out of shape and started lifting weights after months of no exercise. I felt absolutely great, so I signed up with the spa as a member and attended regularly. I remember days when it was ice cold outside, but after going back and forth between the hot water (109 F) and the cold plunge (34 F), I felt no sensation of it being cold outside. I felt completely invigorated. That tingling feeling is something you can only get with alternating hot and cold water.
I live in the Paradise Valley in Montana, where natural hot water is abundant. There are at least five hot springs within an hour, including Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone Park. The Native American Indians considered the hot waters sacred ground. They have been around for hundreds of years except the Indians didn't use the word "spa." (The word is derived from "Spau," the name of a small village in Belgium known for its mineral hot springs.) The Romans had their own terminology for what they called "taking the waters." The word "Kur" is commonly known in Europe, derived from "kur" (or cure) towns, where the hot springs served as vacation/regeneration places. Chico Hot Springs, which about five minutes from my home, and Corwin Springs, about 20 miles south, were used as hospitals at the early 1900s, before modern medicine came on the scene.
In Germany in the mid 1800s, Bavarian priest Sebastian Kneipp suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis. He discovered a book by Johann Siegmund Hahn (1696-1773) entitled Instructions on the Wonderful Curative Powers of Fresh Water. That book saved his life. Kneipp immersed himself in the cold waters of the Danube regularly, which lead not only to his healing, but also his refinement of the science of hot/cold/warm water treatments. He became the world-renowned "Water Doctor" and authored a book titled My Water Cure. (I plan on discussing this book extensively in an upcoming article.)
Let's get back to the 21st century. We have created this fantastic "spa" industry, boasting revenues of roughly $10 billion per year; yet only a few spas offer the therapeutic hot/cold water treatments (or wet treatments of any kind). The U.S. has ignited the spa buzz worldwide, and in a big way. Don't you think we owe it to ourselves to go back to the simple curative powers of water, if we are to properly represent the traditional SPA meaning? After all, water treatments are still used by the medical industry in Europe.
So, where's the water? Tune in next month to find out.
Click here for previous articles by John Fanuzzi.
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