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It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
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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