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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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 12
By Steve Capellini, LMT
Author's Note: The Spa Letters column features news, personality profiles, trends, and plenty of professional possibilities for LMTs in the spa industry. The style is epistolary, meaning the articles are letters to a fictional massage therapist friend of the author.
The recruits are coming through the front doors fast and furiously now, and it's up to you to assemble a successful team.It wasn't long ago that you were applying for a job at the resort spa. Now, here you are on the opposite end of the job application, making your own judgments about who's a "keeper" and who's not. How can you possibly make such crucial decisions - decisions that affect not only your spa but the lives of others, as well? How can you look someone in the eye and tell them, "No, you're not good enough?" You weren't bargaining on this aspect of the process being so tough, were you? Well, don't worry too much. I'll give you a few pointers that should make it easier for you to go through this process.
Your spa consultant has already done a good job of winnowing out the best candidates from the dozens who applied. Now it's your turn to meet them face-to-face to receive that all-important, hands-on experience: the test massage. A while back, I gave you instructions for giving the best test massage, but I believe it takes an equal amount of skill to properly receive a test massage to consider a candidate's potential for employment.
Techniques for Receiving a Test Massage
Receiving a test massage is more work than it might seem. Sure, you're lying there with your eyes closed while someone gives you a massage, but the skill required to put a candidate at ease while trying to enjoy yourself and critique their performance is tricky.
I once hired the entire massage staff for a new mid-sized spa, which required me to receive over 40 test massages. Because of our deadline, I had to schedule three massages a day, every day for a week. This not only made it difficult to differentiate between candidates but also left me in a state of near-catatonia (by the end of the week I was bruised from bumping frequently into furniture!). Leave yourself enough time to savor the distinct qualities of each massage before moving onto the next. Schedule your test massage sessions with as much time between them as possible.
When you were giving test massages, I gave you the following advice: Do not hurt the person; ask for feedback, but not too much; be confident, but not too confident; and provide a whole massage. Look for these same qualities when receiving a test massage. Is the therapist sensitive to possible contraindications? Is he or she willing to help clients fill out an intake form and go over it with them? (I'll send you a sample intake form in a future letter.) During the massage, does the therapist ask pertinent questions about pressure and comfort? Is the therapist professional and sure of the technique, yet humble enough to change tactics if you ask for something different? Does he or she cheerfully offer a full-body massage?
Someone who fulfills these criteria will likely be a good choice, but look for other signs of potential success, as well. For example, when the airline companies hire flight attendants, they place several candidates in a room together and give them each a problem to solve. Airline officials observe the performances through a two-way mirror, but they are not concerned with who solves the problem. Rather, they watch for who helps their fellow candidates - they want to hire helpful people.
Look for these traits in potential candidates, too: helpfulness, compassion, cooperation, humility, and a positive attitude. Does the therapist want to clean up the massage room after giving the test massage? Do they pick up towels, linens or other things lying on floor? Do they smile and say hello to the other people they meet during the process (not just you, the person they are trying to impress)?
The Final Word
Finally, the hiring process comes down to trusting yourself. No matter how much you think you should hire someone because of a slick résumé or other factors, you have to go with your instincts (after checking references, of course). I've had to make some tough decisions. I once received a test massage from a blind Peruvian Indian. I wanted to hire him because he had fought against staggering odds to find success; however, his massage technique needed a lot of improvement. I was sorry to turn him down, but I had to be honest about the needs of the spa. Do what you have to do, Lou, and forgive yourself for mistakes you make.
Talk to you soon,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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