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Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
A "Second" ISPA
The International Spa Association (ISPA) held its annual convention at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nov. 8-11, 2004. If there is one adjective I can use to describe it accurately, it is BIG - very, very big. Humongous. Large.
There were over 3,000 people in attendance for the first time in the event's 13-year history. I have a unique perspective on the conference's present-day size because I was one of the 125 attendees at the first ISPA conference here in Miami back in 1993. I remember choosing up sides for the beach volleyball tournament at that conference, which most of the attendees participated in. We had a barbecue and got to know each other. The tradeshow hall was an echoing quarter-ballroom space with a few dozen purveyors of massage tables, natural products, architectural services and basic equipment. We felt like we were on a mission to educate the world about the life-transforming potentials at our facilities. It was a magical time of birth for this industry and as so often happens after a magical birth, rapid growth followed - massive growth.
Now, I suppose, the worldwide spa industry is like a "teenager" with all of the usual problems of the age (including a major case of acne) that seems can only be remedied by cosmetics companies, and yes - the cosmetics companies have arrived. The ISPA convention felt more like an esthetics convention than a massage or natural health convention, and while it makes me personally sad to report that, I realize that in order to grow at such a tremendous rate, we need to sustain ourselves economically. I encourage that, but is economic sustainability the only kind out there?
Thankfully, no. Another, deeper undercurrent at this year's convention - one that provoked a number of breakout sessions, discussion forums and expert panels - was the issue of sustainability. I attended talks on the "greening of the spa industry." I heard testimony from pioneers in the field of gray water recirculation and was impressed to learn that one such expert has created a self-sustaining spa environment in Taos, New Mexico, at El Monte Sagrado.
The industry is not only moving forward with big bucks and glitzy press; it is also moving deeper - deeper into its own mission. In fact, it felt to many of us that there were actually two ISPA conventions happening concurrently this year - one featuring all the latest cosmetics and surface-oriented trends, and another featuring small grassroots groups and individuals committed to the vision of a spa industry that runs itself in a manner congruent with its core values and its core message to consumers.
Natural. Stress-free. Spiritual. Holistic. Ergonomic. Ecological. We use all of these monikers and more to describe ourselves, but how do we actually go about our business? I am sure that you as a massage therapist or allied professional think of yourself in these terms, and you would hope that any spa you worked for had the same values. If you build your own spa one day, you'd like to commit yourself to this same vision, most likely.
So, I am glad to report that there is indeed a "second" ISPA, flickering like a shadow beneath the behemoth that our own success has created. And this other ISPA is still striving mightily to attain those lofty (some might even say idealistic) goals that we entered this industry with in the first place.
Sustainability. It has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Who wouldn't want to create something that is sustainable? That is what we are all about. I am still vastly encouraged by this spa industry. I am still of a mind that we as therapists can find a home here that makes sense and is consistent with who we are.
There is no need to turn away in shame from this industry simply because it is so successful and generates so many amazing profits with its emphasis on products and retail and beauty. Why not take advantage of that success to build a profitable place for ourselves in this industry and in doing so, also build a more sustainable place for ourselves to live out our professional lives, encouraging others and helping the planet along the way? Why not have the best of both worlds, while always striving for a world better than either? Why not have our low-fat, low-carb spa cake, and eat it too? I know of few other industries where it is even realistic to dream such dreams. Why not dream them?