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Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
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 more information about Shellie Enteen, RA, BA, LMBT.
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