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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 04
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.
What a relief! That's the only way to describe the sensation you must have experienced after learning you were not responsible for injuring one of your massage clients at the medical spa. I'm sure being interviewed by a battery of lawyers was not your idea of fun, and depositions were not what you had in mind when you envisioned your dream life as a massage therapist, but look at all the things you've learned.
First of all, now you know for certain that the owners of the medical spa are not on your side. They completely abandoned you when it came time to face the lawyers, and they've distanced themselves even more since, as if associating themselves with you is a bad idea. I don't blame you for wanting to disassociate yourself from them in return.
You've learned that your fellow therapist at the spa, Barbara, is a true friend. When the situation turned nasty and the client's lawyers were talking about having you arrested, she was the one who stood by your side.
You've also learned, or perhaps re-learned, that your therapeutic skills are intact; you know what you're doing; and you were not endangering your client through your actions.
Finally, and most unexpectedly, you've learned what pseudo-atrophy is.
Pseudo-atrophy is a medical term for depression of the tissues caused by a cortisone injection. It affects people who received injections that were not properly administered, especially when the injections are high-dosage. Your client at the medical spa received a massive cortisone injection several weeks ago to the very site she claimed you injured through your massage with Endermologie® equipment. The injection is what caused the depression in her skin she was attributing to you. So, it has been proven to everybody's contentment (even the lawyers) that you were not culpable, and neither was the medical spa or the equipment manufacturers.
Who could know that a cortisone injection,received several weeks ago by a woman you'd never met, would have such a massive effect on your career? The lawsuit has been dropped, and you are free to continue your work at the medical spa, but the question is: do you really want to? It looks as if you're facing a major decision: stay at the spa that employs you, the one you became so enthused about, the one that gave you stock options and promised you the moon, or take the hint and realize that beneath the slick exterior of this place lies a heart of ice, and that it is not your true home?
Should You Stay or Should You Go Now?
I hate to tell you this now, but I had a funny feeling a few months ago, when you started talking about stock options and "new models for rolling out a nationwide spa success plan." I was excited about your new job opportunity at first, but as you became more deeply involved, I began to think you might be getting yourself into an untenable situation. As in any enterprise, those who bite off more than they can chew end up with indigestion. It may have been better if this medical spa ownership team had started out with just one facility in mind and then tried to make it the best it could be, rather than start a roll-out of franchised properties too soon, built on a model of success they aren't even sure works!
Many physicians and spa entrepreneurs are taking this wiser, step-by-step course and finding success. (A good number of them can be found within the ranks of the Medical Spa Association, founded by Hannelore Leavy, president of the Day Spa Association.) My advice to your owners would be to seek some networking and education from these experienced professionals.
In the meantime, you have to decide. Should you stay, or should you go? Let's weigh the evidence, taking everything into consideration:
The Risk/Reward Ratio
The spa industry, like many industries, is a forum of opportunities. The people who reap the rewards in this forum as the ones who take risks. I think you've stumbled on an opportunity to take just such a risk yourself, and discover a level of success you haven't envisioned yet.
The key here is Barbara. You told me she has been considering the possibility of opening her own small day spa, and she might be willing to take on a partner. Your first reaction is probably to dismiss the idea as too much work. You don't want to get tied down to just one place. You want to leave your options open. You're afraid of taking the risk with your time and your money.
I understand these concerns, but at the same time, I have a gut feeling about this, and I'm willing to share it with you now as a friend. You should stay close to Barbara. She's proven her dependability, which is exactly the quality you want most in a business partner. I think the time is right for you to move onto the next phase: to take on more responsibility, take a risk, and possibly receive the rewards. It's time to open your own spa.
Entrepreneurs talk about the "risk/reward ratio, which refers to the amount of capital ( time and money) they're willing to invest to receive a certain amount of possible payoff in the future. The spa world right now has a pretty attractive risk/reward ratio, but only if (and this is a big "if") you're willing to take a hard look at the realities of the business, and do everything necessary to give yourself the best shot at success.
Have a serious talk with Barbara about what she wants to do, and share your vision with her. Take the leap. Leave this sleek-but-heartless medical spa behind, and strive for something you can call your own. I'll offer any input and support I can. I have a feeling this is the start of a great new project.
Click here for previous articles by Steve Capellini, LMT.
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