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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 08
Using Aromatherapy in the Spa Setting
By Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT
The rise of the spa industry in the U.S. for the past 10 years has been impressive, to say the least. It seems that even here in Greenville, S.C., another spa opens each week offering a wide array of special treatments in a pleasurable, pampering atmosphere.Many massage therapists not drawn to medical and sports massage will decide on a career in a spa setting or even open one of their own. A good education in true aromatherapy would provide both an impressive resume and the information needed to go beyond using pre-made formulas to offer the individual a custom-designed blend. This allows the therapist and the spa they own or work in a way to stand out from the crowd.
Even if the therapist must use a particular brand during their practice at a specific spa, increased understanding of the ingredients will provide better selections for clients. If you have been reading this column in Massage Today, you will have a lot of good information on which to build. I will be happy to provide more information regarding reputable in-class and home-study certification courses. Whether or not you choose to spend the time to take a professional level course, you will want to have The Aromatic Spa Book on hand. This book is the latest in a series written by a true expert in this field. Sylla Sheppard-Hanger is best known for the research resulting in the impressive The Aromatherapy Practitioner Manual, Vols. I and II - a must-have for any practicing aromatherapist. Sylla also has been a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician since 1969, and a licensed massage therapist since 1979. The combination of knowledge and expertise in all these fields is realized in this user friendly book:
The Aromatic Spa Book has a wealth of information condensed into 200 pages in a spiral-bound, laminated cover. This book is a perfect size for the professional to keep on their desk or when traveling to an outcall service. The text covers everything a professional skin-care and bodywork practitioner will need to know in order to incorporate safe use of essential oils and botanicals into their professional practice.
Chapters include: "What are Essential Oils and How One Obtains Them," "How Does Aromatherapy Work," "Treatment Methods," "Environmental Fragrance," "Treatments and Blends," "Safety Data," "Contraindications and Toxicity" and a resource section. Charts with essential-oil profiles and vegetable oils for base carriers, along with the use of clays, muds, seaweed and other botanical ingredients are given in clear detail. A discussion on creating the "individual prescription" and sample client record documents are invaluable for the practice of true aromatherapy.
I recommend this book to all my students in Level II Aromatherapy. I have no doubt it will serve all massage therapists focused on the spa industry. You can order this book at www.atlanticinstitute.com.
Click here for previous articles by Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT.
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