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Helping Infertility Patients with the Spirit Essence
As many of you know, when it comes to treating infertility, we are dealing with a patient population that is, generally speaking, in emotional turmoil. These patients often experience fear, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, grief and anger.
Wisconsin Exam in the Spotlight
You've passed your national boards with flying colors, including Part IV, the practical examination, at a combined cost of more than $3,000.
Herbal Medicine: Go Mainstream
When it comes to practicing herbal medicine in a mainstream setting, there are a number of important points to understand when it comes to prescribing formulas. Some important questions to ask are - what method of prescribing and dispensing is most effective in this setting?
Repeating Bone-Density Tests
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women older than age 65 undergo bone-density testing. However, organizations in general have not stated when repeat bone-density testing should be done.
In a previous column, I discussed the history and definition of evidence-based practice (EBP), and expressed concerns with how the concept has been narrowly construed by some academics and payers.
News in Brief
Cancer Treatment Centers of America Continues Support of Chiropractic; ACBOH Announces 2013 Practical, Written Exam Dates; PCORI Approves Funding for Research on Spinal Stenosis; Macquarie University to Cease Offering Chiropractic Program.
Business Building: What's Your Strategy?
I know some in our profession love to debate about whether or not spinal curvatures change as a result of our chiropractic adjustment, but I have a question that hits a little more close to the belt than that: Are chiropractors capable of change?
Exercises for Back Pain: Low-Compression Training Program
This program is intended for two groups of people: 1) those who want to engage in resistance exercises for the major regions of their body without developing back pain in the process; and 2) those who already have back pain and want to do resistance exercises, but consistently re-irritate their back when trying to do so.
Medical Payola (Part 2)
Not only has Medtronic made billions selling expensive screws and hardware for highly controversial spine fusions, but a Senate investigation also found Medtronic felt compelled to write and edit medical journal articles attributed to outside physicians that downplayed the risks of the company's best-selling bone graft, Infuse.
Calcium Supplements and Mortality
When the National Institutes of Health's AARP Diet and Health Study reported that men who took calcium supplements had a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared those who didn't, it was the third large cohort in six months with alarming findings regarding calcium supplements.
Happenings in Our Evolving Profession
Good things seem to be happening for our profession and recent developments show we are all on board. Talking about being on board, this September The Veterans Express-Purple Heart Tour is expected to make its way out of the station.
There Are No Secrets: Treating Complicated Conditions with TCM
Including standardized extra points, there are just over 400 acupuncture points on the body. You get 400 and I get 400 - same. Yet, time and time again treatment protocols are coveted as if they were some secret formula only intended for the right and privileged.
History Repeating Itself in Wisconsin?
Thirteen years ago, the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association (WCA) "agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that [the association] orchestrated a conspiracy among WCA members to increase prices for chiropractic services and to boycott third-party payers to obtain higher reimbursement rates."
Chiropractic Research: A Moral Issue
This year I've had the opportunity to go to three great chiropractic research conferences; the ACC-RAC, the Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS) Congress and the World Federation of Chiropractic Congress.
Economics of Complementary/Integrative Care
Although this column doesn't usually feature a book review, we're going outside of our usual public health format to discuss a new book written by Patricia Herman ND, PhD.
Let's face it – patient evaluation takes time. Unless you are really into the diagnostic evaluation game, you probably have found the formal exam protocol tedious if not downright annoying.
The Spirits of the Points: The Gall Bladder Official
The Gall Bladder is known as The Official of Decision Making and Judgment. In any given day, this Official makes countless decisions – conscious and unconscious, which influence every aspect of our being.
Covering Chiropractic as a Profession, Not a Single Service
Recently Dynamic Chiropractic published a front-page article about various state essential health benefits and referred to Oregon and four other states not currently providing chiropractic as a covered benefit.
You are What You Eat Part II: Integrative Protocols
In the previous installment of this article I discussed important ideas concerning gastrointestinal health and foundational ideas from TCM, which can provide key insights into creating effective protocols for healing the gut.
Telecommuting and Technology: Ergonomic and Worker's Comp Considerations
As our world becomes more and more reliant on technology, equipment becomes more dependable and we become increasingly more comfortable with e-mail, the fax machine, the Internet and the smartphone, it is becoming easier and easier to work away from the office.
Helping Patients Through Pregnancy Loss
There is a lot of focus in the acupuncture world on fertility and helping women get pregnant. It's exhilarating to hear the news that a patient is expecting a baby. The other side of that is pregnancy loss. That includes abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth.
Spinal-Cord Injuries: Saying No to Steroids
With steroids, epidural and otherwise, in the news lately for their overuse when treating back pain (and their danger when tainted by fungal meningitis), it was high time for a policy change, and we've got one, from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
The Pallof Press for Core Stability Evaluation
Many people become injured because of instability, weakness and poor neural-sequencing patterns in the core. Lack of bracing and support from the inner core cylinder during coronal and transverse movements makes the body vulnerable to compensation injuries.
Energy is a hot commodity. Society pays dearly for it and for the expertise of those who know how to cultivate it.
August, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 08
A Massage Therapy Presence at the Global Spa and Wellness Summit
By CG Funk, LMT and Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT
Under the theme, "Innovation through Imagination," the 7th annual Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS) was held at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colorado, from June 4 through June 6. GSWS is an international organization bringing together leaders and visionaries to positively impact and shape the future of the global spa and wellness industries. The Summit was founded by a group of industry spa leaders and led by Susie and Pete Ellis from Spa Finder.
The GSWS attracts more than 300 leading spa and wellness professionals representing 40 countries to this invitation-only event. Invitations to the Summit are mailed to a list of top-level executives who are decision makers in spa, wellness and related industries. Representatives from diverse sectors including hospitality, investment, finance, real estate, medicine, consulting, manufacturing, product, technology, and other related industries are invited to attend.
Each year, the GSWS also invites students from international hospitality schools with spa programs to join as student delegates. Some of these students participate in the Student Challenge competition, while others help with conference logistics, note-taking, etc. Some of the objectives of the Summit are:
Amy Margerum, Executive Vice President of Operations for the US Aspen Institute, welcomed the attendees and shared information about the Aspen Institute. Founded in 1950, The Aspen Institute's mission is to foster values-based leadership and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical world issues.
The Global Spa and Wellness Summit is known for offering its attendees exclusive world views through inspiring and thought provoking speakers, panel discussions and break-out sessions led by highly regarded industry leaders. Philippe Bourguignon, Vice Chairman of Revolution and CEO of Miraval Resort, addressed the at capacity room with an engaging presentation titled, "Why We Need Innovation Through Imagination NOW." John Kao, who calls himself an Innovation Activist, entertained the attendees with a lively lecture on "The Art of Getting Innovation Done" using piano practice and jazz music as an example of achieving innovation. John is the author of Innovation Nation.
This year's GSWS also had a focus on cutting edge technology and how spas can use these latest technological advances to deepen client relationships and provide spa users with more inclusive ways to gain and maintain wellness. Ted Souder, Google's Head of Industry and Retail discussed, "Cutting Edge Technology and What's Around the Corner." This was not only enlightening for many of us non-technies, but also provided practical information on Foursquare, Facebook and Pinterest. Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th Surgeon General, U.S. & Vice Chairman of Canyon Ranch, gave the keynote address, "Pursuit of Global Health and Wellness: The Value Proposition of the Future," and included an overview of health issues in the United States, how obesity is an issue of national security, and how the spa industry can be a major player in addressing many prevalent health issues today. John Hickenlooper, the Governor of Colorado, made a guest appearance to talk about the growing health crisis in the United States. Governor Hickenlooper stressed the incredible urgency of this crisis, and how the focus should be on controlling costs and prevention initiatives.
There was a panel discussion on "Innovative Spa Marketing Campaign: Mexico." The panel, moderated by Alfredo Carvajal from Universal Companies, discussed views about marketing spas in a way that shows consumers they can discover themselves through a spa retreat experience. Panelists also taught the attendees about Mexican spas and their cultural offerings including indigenous styles of massage; Manteada, Kukulkan massage and Sacred Obsidian massage.
Susie Ellis, President of Spa Finder, interviewed actress and wellness advocate Mariel Hemingway. Mariel spoke openly about the mental health issues in her family and how the spa experience addresses not only the physical, but also mental and emotional wellness. "Having an understanding of holistic living is a powerful tool. I think the spa industry is doing a magnificent job of creating a sense of body, mind and spirit but you could be doing more as there's still a perception of pampering rather than lifestyle. Once a month, I get facials. I love massage and the power of touch. The fact people don't get touched in this society is really sad. This longing for comfort and touch goes back to being babies. It's very important. Massage is such a powerful tool," shared Mariel during the interview.
The third day of the summit had a stronger focus on industry issues and trends, including research and data. The major piece of research unveiled at the summit was the report, Spa Management Workforce & Education: Addressing Marketing Gaps, commissioned by the GSWS and conducted by SRI International. Presenting the findings, SRI's senior economist, Katherine Johnston, told delegates there are 130,000 to 180,000 spa managers and directors in the global spa industry and only 4,000 students in management degree courses. Spa businesses and operators need to collaborate more closely with training providers to ensure that courses deliver what's needed.
"Shaking Things up a Bit", with Jessica Alquist, who spoke about the dynamics of Willpower and "Happiness" by Jeremy McCarthy, were two of our favorite presentations. And, Deborah Szekely, founder of Rancho La Puerto and Golden Door, shared her new vision, Wellness Spring, promoting wellness and spa initiatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The networking opportunities were just incredible and staged flawlessly to produce the most out of every breakfast, lunch and dinner. With both of us representing the massage market, we were engaged in conversation many times asking for opinions and feedback on current projects delegates are working on.
The event concluded with the announcement that the next GSWS will be hosted in India. We were honored to attend as representatives of both our companies and the massage profession and to participate in this collaboration that has become part of our industry family. All of the GSWS presentations, briefing papers and research presentation from the 2012 Summit can be found at www.globalspawellnesssummit.org. We encourage massage therapists, massage educators and students to visit the GSWS website and www.spaevidence.com and put these tools and information to use in the classroom and in practice.
CG Funk is the Vice President of Industry Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy Franchising. Her responsibilities include developing national therapist/esthetician recruiting/retention strategies, developing and testing new service and model offerings and implementing national public relations programs and campaigns. CG has been actively involved in the massage therapy industry since 1992 as a therapist, instructor, curricula and program developer, writer and presenter, corporate trainer and school administrator. She's also a licensed massage therapist in Arizona and California and an advanced cranial sacral therapist.
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