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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
October, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 10
Therapists Learn the "Why" and "How" of Spa
By Nancy Griffin
Thirty acres of stunning beachfront property Laguna Beach, Calif., is the setting for the Montage Resort and Spa, which opened in February. This world-class, yet casual, property has created a peaceful sanctuary for its guests, sparing no detail in lodging, dining, art and service.The 20,000-square-foot spa sets a new standard of excellence for resort spas worldwide. Beyond the ocean views, superior facilities and luxury amenities, one of the spa's key success factors is a commitment to selecting the finest staff. Early in the project, Montage CEO Alan Fuerstman brought in Barbara Schultz, the former spa director of the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Fla., as Montage's spa director, and Anne Bramham, who has developed results-oriented protocols for some of the world's most famous spas - including Canyon Ranch, the Greenhouse Group and the Ritz Carlton - as a consultant and trainer.
Five months before opening, Barbara and Anne were hard at work hand selecting massage therapists and aestheticians. The therapists selected had eclectic backgrounds but a common passion for holistic, noninvasive techniques and continuing education. They took part in a three-week training where they "basically started from scratch," as one therapist put it, and used the resort staff as "guinea pigs," which helped to create awareness and goodwill among the staff toward the spa.
The Therapists' Perspectives
Massage therapist Peggy Matthess left a 14-year position at a five-star resort to join the Montage. "This was an opportunity to receive education I could not receive elsewhere - at no cost," she said. "I could not pass it up."
Suzanne DeFranco, an experienced holistic healer and acupuncturist, also left a lucrative practice to join the Montage team. "After having my own practice for many years, I debated whether I would be happy in a resort environment," said DeFranco. "But when I heard about Anne Bramham's training, I knew this was the right place for me." DeFranco especially identified with the training in clinical aromatherapy, which is the foundation for "aroma balancing," one of the spa's signature treatments.
Drawing from Oriental diagnosis and constitutional analysis, this technique uses the specific application of oils along the reflex pathways using applied pressure and connective tissue methods.
Interview with Anne Bramham
NG: What's different about the spa at Montage compared with a typical resort spa?
AB: At Montage, the therapists have been trained to have an understanding of the "why" and "how" of spa. They understand the physiological responses of the body, and how the applied elements work with the body. Montage is one of the first spas to make a long-term commitment to training its therapists, and it is already paying off in the spa experience. The spa just opened in February, and already people are coming back for their second or third visit. Montage spa guests take home a program and become involved in their therapy.
NG: I was told that you "hand-picked" Montage's therapists. What are the qualities you look for when selecting treatment staff?
AB: In general, I look for therapists that have a sense of rhythm, flow, contact, and an insatiable desire to learn about the human body. Because of the buzz surrounding Montage, we were lucky to be able to attract the best therapists in the area, but skill and number of years in practice were not most important. We hired for attitude and potential, then taught them the necessary skills, like how to identify the links between general constitutions and the corresponding elements found in spa treatments.
NG: What is your biggest pet peeve about spas in the United States?
AB: In the US, most spas talk about "healing," but when it comes to operating the business, they don't allow for the possibility for that to happen. In Europe, there is a Badmeister program adhering to highly standardized protocols using spa therapies in physical rehabilitation. Much like our Western medical system, most spas don't take the time to understand what will best complement an individual's healing process. We as spa owners need to teach our therapists how to focus their efforts towards specific results for the client.
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