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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 11
By Editorial Staff
Spa Survey Reports All the Rage
Since the recent proliferation of spas worldwide, it's evident that the concept of "spa" extends far beyond massage, body wraps and facials.Today's spa professionals have many other concerns, including customer satisfaction, retail products and the bottom line - just look at any one of the myriad spa surveys that have surfaced over the last several months:
Hawaiian Spa to Host First Annual Retreat
On November 13-17, 2003, the Mauna Lani Spa on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, will be hosting its first annual Ke Kumu, O' Mauna Lani (Mauna Lani, The Source) Spa Retreat. The event will feature a series of workshops, seminars and spa treatments, as well as special appearances by industry notables, including Deepak Chopra, author and founder of The Chopra Center for Well Being; Dr. Florence Comite, Associate Clinical Professional at Yale University School of Medicine; and Margaret Pierpont, co-author of The Spa Life at Home and executive editor of Spa Finder magazine, among others. For more information, contact the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel at (888) 424-1977 or visit www.maunalani.com.
Spa Openings Abound
Open since December 2002, the Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms in Phoenix features private gardens in the midst of a Mediterranean-themed setting. The spa houses nine treatment rooms and a variety of outdoor treatment areas in garden settings. Other amenities include a Watsu massage pool; water therapy; outdoor rain shower; men's and women's locker rooms with Jacuzzi and sauna; and the spa's signature Acqua Dolce, a villa featuring rock walls and two heated stone tables with overhead showers.
Another gem in Phoenix is the Revive Spa at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. Open since spring 2003, this Southwestern-themed spa was designed with the elements of fire, water, earth and sky in mind. With 41 treatment rooms, and private balconies and cabanas, this spa offers a diverse treatment menu and salon services; an indoor fitness center; myriad classes, including yoga, tai chi and Pilates; an Olympic-size pool; and outdoor celestial showers in the men's and women's dressing areas.
The restored 1840s Olde Victorian Inn in New Orleans features five guestrooms and has been a favorite bed and breakfast among travelers for 15 years. The inn recently announced the addition of Miss Celie's Spa Orleans, where travelers can also take advantage of an array of treatments, including massage; facials; body treatments; and hair and nail services. The spa is designed around the Victorian era and includes French Quarter historical themes. Sadie Chanel, an American Bulldog and the spa's manager, greets the guests and likes to hang out under the desk or in the courtyard.
Tru spa in San Francisco features the Tropical Rainforest Room - a signature wet treatment room in which clients can rinse off under a tropical waterfall. The structure of Tru creates a light breezy feel with shades of blue and white, bamboo flooring and a wall of windows that allows natural light to illuminate the space. The spa offers ten treatment rooms - five with natural light for facials and five with color therapy for massage - as well as a unique manicure/pedicure room with three stations.
The recently opened Ayoma LifeSpa at the Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, Calif., offers a truly unique spa experience. Its mission is to provide clients with services surrounding Ayurvedic therapy, a 5,000-year-old practice from India. Services include massage, facials, energy therapies and traditional salon services. The spa also offers lifestyle consultations, which focus on personal care, diet, exercise and a holistic approach to wellness.
Located in Pala, Calif., halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the 10,000 square-foot Pala Spa at the Pala Casino Resort boasts 14 treatment rooms; a fitness center; private outdoor rain showers; eucalyptus steam rooms; and a pool, whirlpool and sauna. The spa offers salon services and a wide range of treatments, including massage, and specialty baths and body wraps.
Unlike most spas, guests cannot drive over to Breathe Spa, which celebrated its grand opening earlier this year at the Daufuskie Island Club and Resort on Daufuskie Island, SC., because it is accessible only by boat. The spa features eight treatment rooms and offers an array of treatments, including massage; facials; body wraps; aromatherapy; and reflexology. Prior to the treatment, each guest meets with a personal spa coordinator. The spa also includes a pool, relaxation areas and men's and women's changing rooms.
Residents and travelers to England's Thermae Bath Spa in Bath will once again enjoy the hot springs that were closed 25 years ago. The baths boast a rich history having been developed by the Romans 2,000 years ago and rediscovered in the 1860s. Unlike the original Roman baths, the new bath spa is housed in a sleek building with all the modern spa conveniences, including massages, steam rooms, wraps, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and a glass-enclosed swimming pool. Visitors can also tour the original Roman baths and a museum. For more information visit www.thermaebathspa.com.
Hua Hin, Thailand is now home to Devarana Spa Cha-Am, Asia's third Devarana spa. This spa is inspired by the "garden of heaven" and features a meditative lotus pond. Spa treatments include massage, facials and water treatments. The spa's signature treatment, the Devarana massage, is a 90-minutes blend of Swedish, Ayurvedic, aromatherapy, shiatsu and Thai massage.
In what is probably one of America's busiest cities, what better location than Washington, DC, to open Soul Day Spa and Salon? Soul is unique in that it caters to the busy professional: Clients are never placed on waiting lists. The spa specializes in water treatments, including a Vichy shower treatment that hydrates, detoxifies and relaxes the mind and body.
This fall, the Park Hotel Kenmare in Kerry, Ireland will open SAMAS spa. SAMAS, located on a wooded knoll and overlooking the water, will feature male and female facilities, each of which will include a "Heat Experience" room with crystal steam; shower temple; sauna; ice fountain; and six treatment rooms. In addition, the spa also offers a private garden, pool and fitness center.
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