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The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
December, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 12
The Five Seasons of Spa: Autumn Means Change
By Robin Zill, LMT
Author's note: This five-part series is designed to explore the language of nature as it relates to the spa experience.
In the natural cycle of growth and decay, autumn is the time to celebrate the harvest, the fruits of one's labor, and seeds that grow full. It is also a time to embrace the cycle of change, as autumn is also the season that sows the seeds of decay. This is, of course, natural and inherent to the living process. The intent of this article is to juxtapose the transformation and symbolic hope found in the seeds of autumn with the precarious and unpredictable social environment or "soil" we find ourselves in.
Throughout this series, I have used the language of nature as a metaphor for exploring and deepening the essence (or ousia) of the spa experience. Integral to this concept is the idea that "spa," like "nature," is not a thing to measure and dissect; rather, it is an energy event waiting to happen - an energy event waiting to dance. Autumn is the season of celebration, change and regeneration. Sensing and experiencing the quality of this beautiful season is an excellent way to contemplate change and growth from both a personal and spa business perspective.
Think of all you have learned as a pioneer in the wellness/spa industry. Remember where the industry was 10 years ago? Look at it now. Then consider how the contemporary massage movement has been a major inspiration in this cultural evolution. Congratulate yourself. You have been an active participant in creating a next-generation industry. We have helped create a culture that is more health- conscious through healthy food, exercise, herbal therapies, massage, spiritual awareness and other integrative health therapies.
Yet in the midst of this positive evolution, we find ourselves facing many global challenges that are, arguably, the worst since humankind has occupied the planet. Water quality and availability are horrible, global warming has increased, new and old diseases are at epidemic levels, social violence is on the upswing, insidious wars have spread, and health costs and poverty are escalating. These are just some of the problems that continue to threaten our well-being, both individually and socially. Culturally speaking, this is not good soil for seed sowing.
What will we make of autumn's seeds? As seeds symbolize food that is concentrated and rich in nutrients, the autumn seed "energy" can be used in a number of ways. It can be eaten, stored, rooted or rot. This is an interesting concept to consider from a spa business or personal-growth perspective. We need to take inventory of our emotional, spiritual, physical and financial resources. We must take care to gather, distribute, store and plant our resources in a balanced way. Ideally, we will conserve some of our energy (potential) for the future while feeding our drive to actively create for today (kinetic).
It is time for us as individuals and an industry to mature and prepare for our next professional transformation - for the next level of our work. We need to remind ourselves why we have chosen this path. What kind of seeds are we planting for the future? Whether the next level is expanding or opening a new facility, stepping up on the career ladder, volunteering for a social cause or moving in an entirely different direction, it is our time to evolve.
The potential within the seed is in all of us - it is part of nature's synergistic mystery. The seeds we sow are not for us alone. We inherit much through the seed - our genetic lineage, cultural story, the potential of our life path - hence, we have much to give back. The seeds of autumn symbolize this dynamic relationship between a healthy living environment and optimal professional and personal fulfillment. That is why, as the spa industry helps to evolve the next paradigm shift, we also must become voices for the earth. This means eliminating waste in our personal and professional lives and using precious resources more consciously. It was encouraging to find focus groups and classes at the ISPA conference in Dallas this month devoted to how the spa industry could become more active in self-monitoring our waste and move forward on these issues that affect so many. I look forward to updating you in future articles and would appreciate ideas you have on this issue.
As we immerse ourselves in the beginnings of this major paradigm shift, we know that historically change occurs as the older generation dies out. But I have greater hopes for us: I believe that we, the "older generation" need to open up, sprout some new leaves and dig deeper roots. The world is too complicated. We can't leave the next generation to fend for itself. I believe that together, by actively re-evaluating and refining our environments at home and in our businesses, we can reverse the trend of pollution, war, global warming, and poverty.
When the environment is strong, healthy and beautiful, it will create future generations that are vital and sustainable. It was only 2,000 years ago, when one of the greatest cultures of all time - the Roman Empire - poisoned and sterilized itself by contaminating food and water with lead, a mineral that was in high demand by the social elite. Let's learn from the past and reach into the seeds of the future.
Imagine the garden we can create!
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