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A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Industry News for
MASSAGE HEIGHTS COO SHANE EVANS TO APPEAR ON CBS'S UNDERCOVER BOSS ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
San Antonio, Texas (December 9, 2013) – Shane Evans, chief operating officer of Massage Heights, a family-owned membership-based massage franchise company that makes regular massage and skin therapy convenient and affordable, is set to appear on CBS’s hit reality series “Undercover Boss” on Friday, December 13 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT; 7:00-8:00 PM, CT).
During Evans’ journey, she went undercover in four Massage Heights’ locations called “Retreats” located in four different cities around the country to examine what’s really happening at the Retreat level and discover what the company can do to help elevate the lives of their employees and Guests. She performed four different jobs, including Retreat Director, Massage Therapist, Skin Therapist and Lifestyle Consultant. The eye-opening experience will not only leave a lasting impression on her personally, but will also affect the company as it prepares to open its 100th location later this year.
“This was an incredible experience, and I was humbled to work alongside some of our employees,” said Evans. “Massage Heights strives to ensure our Team Members are happy and that they enjoy their job – not just for the success of the business but because our family believes that people must love their job to be truly happy and healthy. This experience is going to help us do that.”
During the experience, Evans faced some of the challenges that Massage Heights’ therapists and staff face on a daily basis, not only in their professional lives but in their personal lives. This reminded Evans of how influential therapists can be in the lives of others even when their own lives have been turned upside down.
"Because we appreciate what our team of people do each and every day to make our Guests’ lives better, Massage Heights is launching a non-profit organization called the Heights Family Fund that will help employees in crisis situations by allowing them to apply for emergency relief,” said Evans.
Massage Heights offers a variety of custom massage therapy, including Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports Therapy, Prenatal and Reflexology, as well as custom dermalogica® skin treatments, including Anti-Aging, Sensitive Skin, Clear Skin and Brightening. Therapeutic experience-enhancing add-on services called “Elevations” include a Reviving Foot Scrub, Revitalizing Face Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, Active Therapy and all-natural aromatherapy. Medical research proves a dedicated program of massage can help fight off disease and depression, boost immunity, relieve pain, improve athletic performance, increase alertness and improve sleep quality. Many health-conscience consumers do not consider massage to be self-indulgent but rather a vital and invaluable part of their overall wellness program. Massage Heights employs licensed, registered and certified massage and skin therapists who are trained to provide a variety of therapeutic massage and facial treatments that are customized to address the individual needs of their Member and Non-member Guests.
About Massage Heights
Founded in San Antonio, Texas, in 2004, Massage Heights is a family owned franchise massage company built on a membership model. The model makes regular massage therapy affordable, while still providing the level of service available at a five-star resort. The company’s mission is to help all types of people incorporate convenient, high-quality, rejuvenating massage into their lives so that they can live better and elevate the everyday. In an exploding industry, the company has more than 95 operating franchise locations in the United States and Canada and plans to open a total of 500 U.S. locations within the next five years. The company was ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2012 and in Franchise Times’ Next 300 list for 2013 and is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA).