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Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Industry News for SpaCare Group
SpaEquip, Inc. introduces THE SPACARE GROUP
February 22, 2012 Calistoga, CA - SpaEquip, Inc. is pleased to announce the early 2012 launch of the SpaCare Group, a new division dedicated to bringing world-class skin care products and caring service to the spa industry. With 5 dedicated sales and training professionals located in different areas of the country, this dream team of respected spa and skin care experts has been assembled to present premier products from around the world. A natural extension of the services offered by SpaEquip, taking advantage of the company's reputation and extensive contacts, the SpaCare Group is a new organization dedicated exclusively to representing leading skin care, body care, and nail care products in the USA.
Multi-line – Our portfolio of product lines provides an answer for every type of spa, in terms of product concept, performance and price. After a year of research on skin care trends and the needs of spas, we chose brands uniquely positioned to fill those needs.
Strong, experienced product sales and training team – Our Territory Sales and Training Managers understand the business of spa from the ground up, with experience owning, managing and working in spas. They know how to educate, motivate and inspire spa practitioners. They are dedicated to bringing their experience and success to our clients.
Culture of care – We have adopted an attitude of care, and our objective is to have our Territory Managers provide clients with our own unique style of caring support. We felt this was so important that we named the company after it. Our SpaCare team wants to make a difference in the industry we love.
Sodashi • Made in Australia, this luxury brand is results-oriented, pure, and 100% chemical free. It is featured at some of the most prestigious spa properties around the world, including the spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris.
Esthederm • This classic French line provides accessible luxury with a strong performance orientation, proprietary patented products, and an award-winning sun care line.
BioOrigin • Already a massage product leader in Canada with natural, healing therapies, this is the new standard in the USA - created for massage therapists by massage therapists.
Dr.'s Remedy • This 'physician's brand' of nail care products is free from toxins and enriched with natural healing ingredients, with formulas created to provide shine and durability for an extended period.
Melanie Edwards has accumulated a dynamic and diverse career experience exclusively within the luxury spa and professional skin care markets for over 30 years, including sales & marketing, training & education, brand development & advocacy, strategic planning, public relations & advertising, development of product concepts, and treatment protocols & retail strategies.
Ms. Edwards began her career as one of the first licensed estheticians in California. She had the good fortune to meet Robert Diemer, who became her mentor in the skin care industry. With his guidance and support, Ms. Edwards found her passion in the development and execution of training programs for product companies. This experience gave her the opportunity to travel to Europe discover the world of the spa lifestyle and therapies. Inspired by her travels, Ms. Edwards opened Essentiels Beauty Clinic in 1991 in Boulder, Colorado and expanded its operations in 1997. The new concept, Essentiels Spa, became the premier day spa on the front range. After selling the company in 2001, Ms. Edwards moved to New York and was the Vice President of Spa Development and Director of Education for Decléor North America and Carita Paris. In 2003, Ms. Edwards accepted the role of Senior Vice President for the newly formed spa division for the international fashion and beauty group, Puig. A leader in the spa industry and esthetic community since 1978, Ms. Edwards is a recognized businesswoman, training and education executive, and product and concept development specialist. Her expertise is sought after by industry associations and trade magazines. Ms. Edwards believes in giving back to the industry she loves and currently serves as a volunteer for the ISPA Speaker's Task Force. She is also a past Board Member and has contributed regularly and enthusiastically to the organization since 1994.
Ms. Frazier began her career in The fashion industry as a buyer & stylist for 5 years until she was inspired to join the beauty industry. She expanded her experience as a licensed esthetician and hair stylist for 5 more years, and parlayed that first-hand knowledge into beauty industry sales. Jeannie spent the next 7 years in sales and training for Renee Furterer, the Paris-based hair care brand, and traveled to France for several education and development conferences.
Ms Frazier then moved on to New York City to help with product launch for Bumble & Bumble hair care. While in New York, she met supermodel Christy Turlington, and was invited to help launch Turlington's "Sundari" brand in the U.S. and Europe. After 7 years with Sundari, Jeannie moved into medical skin care and worked as the Director of Sales for cosmeceutical company, Luzerne Labs in New York. Jeannie is a member of ISPA and NESA.
"I am very excited to be a part of the SpaCare Group team! Relationships are a big part of success in the industry, along with listening and truly caring about our clients' needs. This will bring much success and reward!"
Jamie worked for IBM as a Systems Engineer and Account Executive for 13 years. After moving to the Napa Valley, Jamie became determined to begin a career as a Massage Therapist and Esthetician, and joined Meadowood Resort & Spa as a practitioner. She was promoted to Spa Director, and took the spa from an accessory to a feature of the property. Within 4 months, retail sales to service ratios went from 17% to 90%. Meadowood was one of the first spas to implement a GWT, offering every guest a gift after their treatment. This program allowed the practitioner to present the gift along with homecare recommendations.
After leaving Meadowood, Jamie joined BABOR Cosmetics America where she secured the largest national corporate account in their history. From BABOR Educator to Western Regional Director and finally Vice President of North America, Jamie was able to duplicate those same business-building principals to spas across the country. Key accounts include Nob Hill Spa at the Huntington Hotel, Sonoma Mission Inn, Spa at Doral, The Spa at La Quinta, La Costa, Grand Wailea, The Spa at Pebble Beach, The Regent Beverly Wilshire, Rock Resorts, Ritz Carlton's, The Spa at The Hotel, Las Vegas, to name a few. Jamie received awards from BABOR Cosmetics America for "Most Sales Growth" in 2004, and was named "2006 Employee of the Year" in Germany for outstanding achievement. Jamie was presented "The Art of Achievement" at the 2006 ISPA Annual Conference & Expo.
"I am thrilled to become part of the SpaCare Group. Now is the time to breathe new life into the industry. My mantra: 'Provide my clients with an experience they will remember forever!' I believe that retail is the true measure of our success. If the guest leaves with a bag full of products, they are very happy!"
Ms. Ochoa is a licensed esthetician with more than 10 years of experience in the beauty industry . She has knowledge in a variety of aspects of the skincare business, including education, sales, medical aesthetics, management and ownership . For 8 years, she was part owner of Elegance Day Spa in Southern California . Out of that, her passion and enthusiasm for the beauty industry grew to include more involvement in sales and skincare education. She was able to expanded her involvement as an Account Executive at NuFACE®, a Carol Cole Company specializing in micro-current technology . Most recently, she was the Regional Sales Manager & Educator at Brazilian GlossTM. She has been a skincare & beauty educator and keynote speaker at ICES, ISSE, and IHS, and has been a guest speaker at Bellus Academy and Paul Mitchell® School. In a rapidly-advancing field, Shyomi continues to learn and enhance her skills by attending advanced skin care symposiums around the world, including London, Rome and Perpignan, France.
"Even though I am at times in a position to inform others, I feel it is very important to continue to educate myself. An educator must stay on top of the latest and greatest in an industry that is constantly changing, with new technology and more advanced products at every turn. This is my passion, I love to learn, and one can never learn too much! As part of the SpaCare team, I am excited and feel privileged to be working with some of the most amazing people in the industry."