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Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
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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