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Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
June, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 06
New Educational Opportunities for Massage Therapists
By Tina Beychok, Associate Editor
The International SPA Association, the ISPA Foundation and the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute are launching a collegiate course, a scholarship, grants and textbooks, all in an effort to better educate current and future spa staff.
"The spa industry is very labor intensive, and one of the biggest challenges is finding qualified employees.In the United States alone, 72 percent of spas had open positions in 2007,"said ISPA Foundation President Edwin Neill III. "Through the curriculum being developed by the ISPA Foundation, we are turning the labor challenge into an opportunity to create generations of well-trained staff that will lead the industry into the future."
A new introductory-level course will teach those interested in a spa career all about the industry. It will include the new textbook Spa: A Comprehensive Introduction. The course, available starting this fall, will explore the history and philosophy of spas, examine the current state of the industry and introduce students to spa careers. The text also includes a typical day from a spa director's perspective, explores the qualities of an outstanding spa experience and discusses various industry trends.
"The Educational Institute is pleased to work with the ISPA Foundation to offer materials that address the education needs of this fast-growing segment of the hospitality industry," said George Glazer, MHS, senior vice president of the Educational Institute. "Post-secondary hospitality programs that want to stay competitive will be very interested in these new spa-specific textbooks and supplemental materials."
In addition to the course, there are two other texts available. Retail Management for Spas discusses retail planning, inventory management, maximizing profits, sales and service, visual merchandising and marketing. Uniform System of Financial Reporting for Spas provides a system that gives spa operators the tools to measure, compare and report on the financial health of their business. ISPA also provides a variety of other educational tools including a spa operations manual, a risk management program and a supervisory skill builders program.
Educational endowment opportunities also have expanded with the Dr. Howard Murad Research Grant and the Ruth Stricker Spa & Wellness Award. The Murad grant offers financial assistance to those conducting research that addresses stress, its effects and ways to manage it. The Ruth Stricker Spa & Wellness Award offers financial assistance to stimulate research into the various ways spas can meet current health care needs, promote wellness and enhance quality of life.
For more information about these programs and opportunities for involvement, please visit www.experienceispa.com.
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