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Treating Acute and Chronic Neck Pain With Ischemic Compression and Exercise
There are many reasons not to manipulate the neck with cavitation: the patient is too old, their neck is too tight, etc. But the most common reason is that plenty of patients are afraid of "the crack," mostly because of the bad publicity about that procedure.
Solving the Pain Puzzle
Legendary former New York Yankees baseball player Yogi Berra once said, "You can observe a lot just by watching." He would have been a great chiropractor. We are trained to become experts with our hands: palpation, adjusting, soft-tissue release, etc.
The Death of the Travel Card
As long as I have been in practice, the travel card has stood as the primary style of documentation for chiropractic. It is quick, simple and direct. Unfortunately, the rules have changed.
It Pays to be a Foodie
If there is an inner foodie in you, just waiting to burst out—this article is for you! Do you want to know how I know? I'm that girl. My middle name might as well be "Foodie." I love food! And if my patients are any indication, many of them do as well.
Implications of Section 2706: The Non-Discrimination Provision Survey
In late April 2014, NCCAOM diplomates received an email survey with the subject line: "End discrimination against acupuncturists" polling CAM practitioners for a Request for Information from the Department of Health and Human Services, released in mid-March.
Avoiding "Just a Pop Doc" Syndrome
Yes, it's harsh. Patients don't like to admit it. They have an unspoken plan when they first visit you: to come one time, get rid of their pain and then get rid of you. They know it's unrealistic, but they'd like to pay nothing for this service.
Inspire Your Patients to Make Healthy Choices
Have you tried to get your patients to change their eating habits or their diet and couldn't get them to succeed? Were they confused and unsure of what the right thing was to eat? You are not alone!
Chinese Medicine: The Natural Way to Children's Wellness
As a child, I did not like going to the doctor. For the most part, when I had to go I wasn't feeling good to begin with, and I was heading into a sterile environment to be awkwardly probed by a man in a white coat for a very short, impersonal period of time.
Introduce Your Patients to Collagen Induction Therapy
Cutaneous (skin) aging generally occurs from either intrinsic or extrinsic processes. Intrinsic aging results from natural skin tissue damage and degeneration.
News in Brief
Life to Open Branch Campus in Italy; Northwestern Research Arm Benefits From Big Donation.
Peer Points: Promoting TCM Knowledge
When Elaine Wolf Komarow, LAc, received her first acupuncture treatment in 1989, she said it changed her life. "I felt more aware, calmer, and happier. I was so fascinated by the changes that I began to learn everything I could about the underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine," said Komarow.
Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Announces First Group Member
The Michigan Association of Chiropractors has joined the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress as its first group member.
Are You Ignoring the 10,000-Hour Rule?
Having trained interns and mentored new practitioners, it has been my observation that their No. 1 clinical concern is adjusting skills. Their second clinical concern is their ability to read X-rays. Physical diagnostic skills are a distant third.
Following the Thinking of the Classics
I have heard about the "best time of day" to carry out certain examinations or therapies. For example, I remember making a note years ago that early morning is the best time to take someone's pulses.
Home Safety: Help Families Avoid Common Injury Hazards at Home
These days, many parents childproof their homes before a baby is even mobile. You will see an array of electrical outlet covers, bumpers on the corners of the coffee table and safety latches on the cupboards.
DC App – The Next Generation
According to a survey by technology firm CDW, health care professionals gain approximately 1.2 hours per day in productivity simply by using a tablet computer in practice.
Step by Step: Long-Term Treatment of Soft-Tissue Injuries Combines Skill and Care
Treating soft-tissue injuries with long-lasting results starts the moment an individual enters the office. When it comes to pain, the only thing that matters to the patient is relief.
Capturing the Essence of Tai Chi
Over the last 12 years, I have been working on one of the few documentaries about Tai Chi. It's called The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West and it's about Cheng Man-Ching who moved to New York in the 1960s.
Why Drugs and Supplements Can't Cure Disease
Chronic diseases are the outcome of disease-promoting, goal-oriented behaviors. So, the notion that diseases can be cured with drugs or supplements should be abandoned. Hypertension is the best example of this.
Are You Ready for the 2016 Patient?
In October, Apple released its iOS 8 operating system for the iPhone and iPad. The new system includes Health, a new app that will interface with an ever-growing number of other apps.
The Acupuncture Now Foundation: What Our Profession Needs
Although acupuncture is growing in popularity it continues to be underutilized due to misunderstandings about its true potential. Only a fraction of those who could be helped by acupuncture know enough to seek it out.
Five Element Acupuncture Can Enhance Your Practice
For eight years I have been teaching and supervising TCM students at an acupuncture college in Colorado, in Five Element acupuncture.
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Is It Time for a Popeye Moment? The Flaw in Recommending Chiropractic as a Career.
Chronic heightened emotional states create a perfect breeding ground for illness. Through my practice I noted the increasingly obvious relationship between one's mental focus on negative thinking, emotions, resistance to experiencing feelings and disease.
Make Low-Level Laser Therapy Part of Your Evidence-Based Practice
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), also referred to as photobiomodulation, has been increasingly utilized in the clinical setting over the past decade.
Treating Menopausal Women in Your Practice
I love what I do for a living. It's a great way to trade health for bread. And no topic of health, with the right bedside manner, is taboo.
The Power of Mu Xiang to Treat Irritable Bowel Disease
Bloating and gas pain is something that everyone has had to deal with at one point or another; however, that's usually reserved for holiday dinners and other large gatherings.
Acupuncture Detox as Part of Drug Rehabilitation
In the U.S., more than 2,000 alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs have added ear acupuncture to their practice. The development of the protocol was determined by Lincoln Hospital as it delivered 100 acupuncture treatments daily.
Meat in the Middle
Have you ever wondered what's the truth about meat? Is it really as bad as many people think?
Micro-Needle Dermal Roller Use in the Treatment Room
Recently micro-needle dermal rollers have been getting a lot of media attention. As a practitioner who specializes in acupuncture facial rejuvenation, I know that skin needling with a dermal roller (also known as collagen induction therapy), promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter.
Industry News for
Massage Envy Spa Launches Inaugural "Excellence in Education" Award
Massage Envy Spa, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians in the United States, is pleased to announce the winners of its first ever “Excellence in Education” Award designed to highlight the best-in-class massage therapy schools in the nation. The top schools were selected based on the following criteria: educational program, curriculum, level of student and graduate support, involvement within the industry, graduate feedback, additional outstanding achievements, and recognition from accrediting agencies and industry associations.
The awards, recently presented at Massage Envy Spa’s annual conference in front of thousands of attendees in Phoenix, Arizona, were given to:
· Central Florida School of Massage – Orlando, Fla.
· National Holistic Institute – Emeryville, San Francisco, San Jose, Petaluma, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Orange County, Calif.
· Anthem College – Fenton, Mo.
· National Massage Therapy Institute – Falls Church, Va.
· Phoenix College – Phoenix, Ariz.
· Colorado School of Healing Arts – Lakewood, Colo.
“We’re excited to recognize and honor these schools for their commitment to training and educating a new generation of massage therapists,” said CG Funk, vice president of industry relations and product development for Massage Envy Spa. “As the tangible health benefits of massage therapy are further explored and scientifically researched, it’s critical that schools such as Massage Envy Spa’s “Excellence in Education Award” winners continue to fill the industry’s need professionally educated massage therapists.”
Now, more than ever, people are recognizing the value of alternative wellness services such as massage therapy. As popularity increases, so do professional massage therapist and esthetician career opportunities. According to U.S. News & World Report, massage therapy was named one of The Best Jobs in 2012 and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects massage therapist employment growth of more than 20 percent between 2010 and 2020, adding 30,900 more jobs to the 153,700 jobs currently in the field. In the ten years since its inception, Massage Envy Spa has created 21,000 new massage therapists positions and projects to add 1,500 new positions annually through 2018.
Today, a career in massage therapy offers incredible growth and creative employment opportunities including flexible work schedules, active and healthy work environments and sustainable incomes. Massage Envy Spa is the country’s largest employer of licensed/registered massage therapists with more than 21,000 therapists providing over 250,000 massages every week.
Today, there are more than 880 Massage Envy and Massage Envy Spa locations in 47 states, making it the largest system of franchised massage clinics in the industry. The company also is the world’s largest employer of licensed/registered massage therapists with at least 18,000 therapists providing over 16 million massages a year to a total of more than 1.3 million members.
Massage Envy Spa offers a variety of massage treatments including Swedish, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal and Geriatric. The proven benefits of routine massage include improved circulation, joint flexibility and posture, relief from pain and swelling caused by arthritis, reduced blood pressure, fatigue, migraine pain and stress, as well as improved sleep, concentration and overall sense of well-being. Additionally, Massage Envy Spa offers facials designed by Dr. Murad, the leader in skincare science. Customers can choose from four different Murad® Healthy Skin facials including Environmental Shield® Vitamin C, Clarifying Enzyme Acne, Anti-Aging and Sensitive Skin.
To learn more about Massage Envy Spa careers visit www.massageenvycareers.com.
About Massage Envy Spa:
Massage Envy Spa, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States. The national franchise is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to members and guests with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy Spa has over 880 locations in 47 states. In addition, the average unit volume for a Massage Envy Spa is $1.3 million. Through its national partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, Massage Envy has raised more than $1 million in two, one-day Healing Hands for Arthritis events. The company was recently ranked #81 in Entrepreneur’s 2013 Franchise 500 and #29 in its Fastest Growing Franchise rankings. Massage Envy is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and was named a 2013 Military Friendly Franchise. For more information, visit MassageEnvy.com.
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