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In the Unlikely Event of an FDA Recall ... No News Has Been Good News
East Asian herb product manufacturers have practiced impeccable diligence by complying with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and providing the practitioner community certificates of analyses that detail laboratory testing results for things like heavy metals and toxic elements.
Safety First, Protecting the Patient: A Herbal Certification Program by the NCCAOM
The acceptance of acupuncture and Oriental (East Asian) medicine in the U.S. has made tremendous strides over the last 30-plus years. AOM/TCM is no longer "alternative or complementary" medicine. Yet, as acupuncture has become more mainstream, acceptance of herbal medicine has lagged behind.
The Opioid Crisis: "Let's Roll!"
Sept. 11, 2018 will mark the 17th anniversary of the horrific terroristic attack on the U.S. Whenever I think about that day, I am reminded of the heroes on Flight 93 who took action to keep the airliner away from Washington, D.C., by making it crash into the ground near Shanksville, Pa.
A Functional Approach to Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes is recognized as one of the top chronic illnesses plaguing our society today. Here are some quick statistics on the prevalence of both diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes:
News in Brief
Chiropractic Takes Leap Forward in France; New ACA President Named; Sherman College Responds To "Choosing Wisely" Recommendations; R.I. DCs Speak at Medical CE Event.
The Veteran's Choice Program & Your Claims
Q: I have recently begun treating veterans under the Veteran's Choice program. I am getting paid just fine for acupuncture codes and evaluation and management services but have been denied all physical medicine codes including infra-red heat 97026, massage 97124 and manual therapy 97140.
Preparing for the Opioid Patient: The Future of the Acupuncture Profession
In the future there will be many more clients with opioid addictions in acupuncture practices. Acupuncture is being promoted as an excellent resource to help with recovery from opioid addiction.
Fixing a Major Practice Hurdle in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed Assembly Bill 834, legislation repealing the requirement that DCs wishing to practice in Wisconsin score higher on Part III and Part IV of the NBCE examination than is required in most other states.
Lancet LBP Series: Relevance to the Chiropractic Profession
The Lancet Low Back Pain Working Group consists of a team of leading international experts on back pain from different professional backgrounds and from countries around the globe. The group published a series of three papers in The Lancet on March 21, 2018, and have subsequently received significant media attention. Here is a summary of the relevant data from these three important papers.
The Pain of Chemotherapy: A Case Study
The primary reason for presenting this case study and patient is to review the pain relief response she experienced from micro-current electro-acupuncture for taxane induced neuropathy.
Standard Process Unveils Nutrition Innovation Center
The North Carolina Research Campus, a 350-acre research center in Kannapolis, North Carolina, just north of Charlotte, is a research collaborative that includes university, corporate and community partners.
Renew Your Passion: The National
It's another August day in Florida with temperatures reaching almost 90 degrees. The sun is shining through the tall windows of the Hyatt Regency Orlando on all the attendees at The National by the Florida Chiropractic Association.
Corporate Chiropractic (Pt. 2): The Dark Side
In a previous DC article (May issue), I tried to make the case that the trend of corporations and franchises delivering chiropractic care might actually be positive.
Practicing Tai Chi Between the Seasons: Balancing the External and Internal Environments
Each morning for the past week, I have found myself to be a bit more tired than usual. There were nights when I went to bed a little late and nights I went to bed early, but it didn't make a difference.
The Spirit of the Points: The Pericardium Meridian (Part 2)
As indicated in part one of this series, the vast majority of our patients, regardless of the presence of physical symptoms, are also imbalanced at the levels of mind and spirit. The ancient Chinese knew that to treat the whole person, all levels must be taken into account so that complete balance and harmony can be achieved.
Leave Acupuncture to Acupuncturists
Colorado acupuncturists are desperately fighting to reverse a recent decision — the passing of HB18-1155 — that adds dry needling to physical therapists' scope of practice. You can support Colorado acupuncturists by signing their Change.org petition here.
Mineral Nutrition for Athletic Performance and Recovery
Research on sports, exercise, and mineral nutrition has been ongoing for decades. It is widely held that strenuous exercise can increase the need for minerals.
VA and Medicare Billing: Case of the Missing Modifier
Indeed, the Veterans Administration is paying directly to chiropractors for care under the VA Choice or PC3 Program. There are currently two administrators for this program: Health Net for the northeast and TriWest for the southwest (approximate geographic regions).
Text Neck: Assess and Adjust
A common presentation in a chiropractic clinical practice is the patient with neck pain and stiffness. Patients usually report limited range of motion on rotation of the head and neck.
Legos Lead to New Patients
It's time to examine a different way of envisioning the marketing and promotional flows in your office. This 10,000-foot perspective I like to call your practice's "marketing Legos." Much like the Legos we all played with as kids – now you get to sort them out in practice!
A Report From the 3rd Annual ASA Council Congress
This past March the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) was proud to hold its third annual ASA Council Congress in Denver, Colorado.
The Gut/Brain Relationship: Exploring Brain Diseases
Several thousand years ago ancient Chinese doctors stressed the importance of a healthy diet, and leading a healthy lifestyle as the primary ingredient to maintaining health.
Art of the Associateship: Success Is in the Finances
Finances are an important part of any business relationship. Money serves as the fuel for all business operations and ultimately the long-term success of owners, employees and customers. This is especially true in the world of health care.
Give Obesity the Attention It Deserves: Practice Pointers
During my earlier years in practice, I first became aware of the obesity problem in New Mexico because of an offer to star in a movie.
Low Back Rehab: Hip Mobility
The strength of chiropractic physical rehabilitation is first and foremost CMT, closely followed by our appreciation of a whole-body approach to balancing the entire kinetic chain.
K2: The Supplement for Your Anti-Aging Treatments
While aging as a whole is inevitable, some aspects of aging may actually be caused by a simple vitamin deficiency. That's right – wrinkles, stiff muscles and decreased athletic performance can all be symptoms of just one micronutrient deficiency: vitamin K2.
NIH Agenda: How Will More Drugs Help?
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins announced in April that his agency will be partnering with drug manufacturers to address the opioid and pain crisis. The project is known as the Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative.
A Five-Step Plan for Marketing the Sale of Your Practice
We spend so much time and energy educating ourselves to be successful practitioners that many of us never stop to consider what comes next. What happens if you have a great practice but you need to move, are getting burned out, or are simply ready to retire and try something else?
A Model for Integrative Health in the U.S.
This past March I met Dr. Benjamin Kligler, national director for the Integrative Health Coordinating Center of the Veterans Administration (VA), at an Integrative Health and Wellness Congressional Caucus briefing, where he presented on the VA health care system.
November, 2015, Vol. 15, Issue 11
The New Little Black Dress: How to Incorporate Himalayan Salt into Your Practice
By Ann Brown, LMT
Salt therapy has been around for thousands of years, but not until recently has the spa industry started to embrace its use and incorporate Himalayan salt into their treatments — and for good reason.Himalayan salt has a variety of health benefits for both the client and practitioner.
About two years ago, I began offering Himalayan salt treatments in our spa menu and it's been a big hit. More and more clients are looking for services that go just beyond the scope of a traditional massage. They want to see immediate results and experience multiple benefits in just one treatment. Adding Himalayan salt into your offerings will give them more of what they are looking for.
Himalayan salt has 84 trace minerals, and depending on how it's applied, those minerals absorb into the skin balancing the body's PH, aiding proper metabolism, helping with gastrointestinal issues, improving circulation and respiratory issues, and many other health benefits.
Spa Nordstrom recently introduced Himalayan salt stone massage in all of their locations in the United States. They not only added Himalayan salt stone massage, but also have been very successful adding Himalayan salt stone massage as an add-on to any type of traditional massage (Swedish, Deep Tissue). Spa directors across the country are raving over the therapeutic benefits, quality and are receiving positive feedback from clients. According to Leo Tonkin, co-founder of the Salt Therapy Association, the health benefits of salt therapy are really being recognized in the United States and the industry is growing at a rapid pace.
The types of Himalayan products and services available range in price, but there's plenty to choose from so you can expand upon the services you offer. Here are a few ways you can incorporate Himalayan salt into your business.
Himalayan Salt Scrub
Salt scrubs can be incorporated into any body treatment including pedicures, a facial and body exfoliation. The abrasive action of the salt will help exfoliate and improve circulation, giving the skin a natural glow. We've added a detoxifying wrap that includes massaging the salts into the body and following it up by wrapping the client into a heated infrared blanket to further assist the absorption of the salts. Clients get additional heat to allow the organic trace minerals to penetrate into the skin and body which, in turn, allows their body to rest, repair and relax.
These warm, smooth slabs of salt are a great addition to manicure stations and relaxation areas in resort/day and destination spas. It's a soothing way to warm your feet or hands, grounds the client, releases negative ions in the air, and can serve as a lamp when it's not in use.
Himalayan Salt Stone Massage
Spas have been offering hot stone massage for years but we have been using handcrafted Himalayan salt stones in replace of the traditional stones. A new technology "green" warmer heats the stones to 115-130 degrees, does not need water, uses only 100 watts of power and LED lights, and does not produce an electromagnetic field. By adding Himalayan salt to a full-body massage, clients get additional heat to allow the organic trace minerals to penetrate into the skin and body, which in turn balances the client's central nervous system. Best of all, the therapist gets benefits from holding the Himalayan salt stones while performing the massage.
A Himalayan salt and water mixture (sole) is known to improve energy and circulation, balance the body's PH, help with skin conditions, regulate sleep and balance sugar levels. We offer sole after a massage, giving the client something tangible to walk away with and more for their money at little cost to you.
A 30-minute salt bath is a great way to detoxify the body. When taking a sole bath (adding two pounds of salt into a bathtub) the skin is absorbing the minerals and balancing the bio-energetic weak points, thus activating the body's energy flow. A great book on the benefits of Himalayan salt and other salts is, Water & Salt, The Essence of Life, by Dr. Barbara Hendel.
Dry salt therapy comes in many forms. Salt caves and salt rooms have been a common and natural treatment used worldwide. The use of a halo generator turns a room into an oasis helping with health issues such as respiratory problems, and skin diseases. It also provides anti-inflammatory benefits, cleans the airways and improves sleep.
The generator is easy to use, is non-toxic and self disinfecting. It uses less electricity, making it eco-friendly. Some spas charge $45 for a 15-minute session. They add decor and architectural appeal by building salt walls and having fine and coarse salt on the floors for additional benefits.
Himalayan Salt Bed
Another form of dry salt therapy, these enclosed beds offer a personal, comfortable and nurturing environment for the clients who are inhaling the air and being exposed to the salt's healing properties. These beds are easily fit in a typical size treatment room and allow the client to lie on Himalayan salt while pure sodium chloride is added to the airflow by a small halo generator that allows these tiny particles to be taken in by the lungs, benefiting the body and helping multiple ailments.
Dry Salt Sauna
Any traditional sauna can be easily converted using blocks of salt. Negative ions are emitted from the warmed salt reducing oxidation stress on the body. It's a great way to take that underutilized space and add value to the client and to add architectural/decor appeal.
Clients can easily take home a variety of stones and other retail items so they can continue their treatment after a visit to the spa. Crystal salt lamps not only provide a relaxing glow, it releases negative ions into the air. A Himalayan salt stone can be used as deodorant, to rub on the skin after a shower, put into the freezer or even heated on a burner to apply to areas of the body.
Ann Brown, a licensed massage therapist, is a member of the International Spa Association's board of directors and serves as spa director at Spa Shiki at The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Mo. She also provides management consulting services through Spa Insight Consulting.
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