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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
July, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 07
The Five Seasons of Spa: Summer
By Robin Zill, LMT
Author's note: This five-part series is designed to explore the language of nature as it relates to the spa experience.
"Summertime...When the Living Is Easy"...NOT!
Summer is the season when life and business are in full bloom.If your business has been well-planned and tended, the garden is thriving: the soil is tilled and nourished; there is plenty of water; the sun-to-shade ratio is perfect; and the bouquet of color bursts forth, ripe with foliage and fruit. The best of what nature has to offer has been given to you because of your vision and hard work. The harvest is around the corner.
In the ousia (oo-see-ahh) philosophy, summer is considered the time of full bloom, the time of flowering. It is the time when things are in full swing and the senses are filled with wonder. You have made it through the long winter season when your planning began, and the spring season when vision took roo,t as you built and finalized your space, treatment menu and staff selection. The season of summer at its best is fun, rewarding and beautiful.
But the hot summer sun can be blistering. It can mean draught, unexpected insect infestations and weeds. Summer can be the season when many new business owners find themselves running on empty. That is why taking a vacation and slowing down just a little can be the best thing for you and your business. But how can you afford to?
How Can You afford Not To?
Any spa owner will tell you that the opening of a spa (or any new business) is a multidimensional feat. It is like a rite of passage. A new spa owner has counted the cost and made many sacrifices - so have those around him or her. Most new spa owners are tested on physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual levels. By the time the spa opens, they have lived a lifetime. This needs to be acknowledged and honored.
From the spa business perspective, the ousia key word for summer is maintenance: maintenance of the vision, maintenance of the people and maintenance of the systems. This is the time to review planning and profit expectations, and decide if the staff you selected is the team that will take you forward. Are the treatment programs working optimally? Taking time to review, refine and tweak your systems will save you endless hours of frustration and stress down the road.
I know, I know - you don't have time. You are too busy putting out fires. I rest my case. Whether it is reviewing profit margins, coding in the computer, cleaning up protocols and staffing policies, such as dress codes and tardiness, or making simple clarifications and refinements, it needs to be done. It can make all the difference to the bottom line at the end of the year. There is definitely pruning to be done. It is time to hoe and strengthen the growing plants, remove the suckers and pinch the leaves. Poor team morale or treatment programs that do not sell or are not easy to perform need to be revisited. Listening and communicating with staff to refine your business structure is imperative at this point. Neglecting this proper pruning can leave the garden fruitless, with little more than weeds to show for all your hard work and vision.
Summer season maintenance also means maintenance of your own personal health. Maintain your own health and vitality so you can maximize this incredible growth period. Treat yourself to spa services; pay special attention to your diet, exercise and sleep patterns. Review the pace and rhythm of your life schedule. Do you have enough time with your spouse or significant other, children, friends... yourself? Taking time to stop, reflect and balance by dipping into the fifth season of spa - the integrated center - is critical.
Most people I know in the spa industry, at least the harbingers, chose this industry because it offered them more than a job. The spa industry has the opportunity to create a career path that enhances an integrated lifestyle. Many of us have also found that the lessons are never perfectly clear to our deeper path: One often experiences the "chaos" before the "light." Tapping into the fire energy of summer will help to energize your business.
In closing, I share a quote from one of the oldest books ever written, the I-Ching, or "Book of Changes." The I-Ching is based on living in the moment and embracing the constant of change in the universe and our lives. The following trigram, Ch'ien, the Creative, comes to mind when thinking about the season of spa hot summer:
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