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New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
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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