A New President for AOMA: A Conversation With Mary Faria
Dr. Faria was formerly a health care executive for over 30 years, the last 17 of those years as vice president and chief operating officer of Seton Southwest Hospital in Austin. She chairs the board of Austin Mayor's Health and Fitness Council.
Knocking Down the Doors: Big Media Success for F4CP
Three articles authored by a DC or a chiropractic organization and promoting the value of chiropractic care – par for the course if you're Dynamic Chiropractic, but if you're Forbes, BOSS Magazine and Becker's Spine Review, three media outlets tailored toward high-level executives and decision-makers, we're talking about an entirely different story.
The Raw Food Debate: Practitioners Discuss Nutrition & TCM
Licensed acupuncturist and fellow blogger Elissa Gonda joins this month's column for a conversation about raw food diets. She brings her perspective on the healing potential of a raw primal diet.
2018 Gallup-Palmer Report: Key Findings
The fourth annual Gallup – Palmer College report is out; here are some of the key findings excerpted directly from the executive summary regarding Americans' experiences with chiropractic care relative to the management of neck and back pain:
A Soy Isoflavone That Packs a Punch: Genistein
Soybeans contains unique substances called isoflavones, most notably genistein and daidzein, which have been shown to block the buildup the dangerous type of testosterone in the prostate gland linked to prostate enlargement and prostate cancer.
Reaching for Our Roots: Healing Digestion With a Simple Traditional Therapy
Are you ignoring a powerful tool in your doctor's bag? Many acupuncturists realize that Spleen Qi deficiency has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. Yet, we don't prioritize educating our patients about the importance of warm, cooked foods.
Cynicism and Burnout: It Can Happen to You
Trying to achieve fulfillment as a doctor in today's health care environment is a "rigged game" and physicians are programmed to burn out. At least this is the opinion of Dike Drummond, MD, in his thehappymd.com blog.
Bad for the Back! Exercises That Can Prevent Healing
The questions "Who gets well? Who doesn't? Why?" prompted the following observations based on my close to 40 years of chiropractic practice.
Electrotherapy Gives Hope for Patients With Spinal Cord Injury
There has been little optimism for recovery from a spinal cord injury because the central nervous system does not repair itself well. The severity of the injury depends on the affected area.
Acupuncture in Hospital Systems: Transitioning From Tolerated to Celebrated
I've had the pleasure of working with Susan Luria, Director of University Hospitals Health Systems Connor Integrative Health Network (CIHN) for the past year on the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) Board of Directors and Federal Policy Committee.
Year in Review: DC's Best of the Best for 2018
As 2018 winds down, let's highlight the most popular articles in Dynamic Chiropractic by month (December – this issue – excluded, of course).
The Top 5 Strategies to Manage Your Reputation Online
You don't need an acupuncture website anymore! Okay, maybe that statement is a little over the top. But it's not that far from the truth. A recent study on Google searches revealed that 34 percent of all searches resulted in no clicks at all.
ACA Champions H.R. 7157; ICA Voices Major Concerns
While the American Chiropractic Association recently penned an open letter – signed by not only the ACA, but also the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, Association of Chiropractic Colleges, Clinical Compass and a number of state associations.
VA Choice Claims Denied? Here's How You Can Get Paid
The VA Choice Program (PC3 as well) indeed pays for chiropractic care including manipulation (CMT 98940-98943) and some physical medicine services.
A Guide to CBD Dosing: The Correlation Between Dose & Potency
There is an abundance of information available about the daily use of whole plant hemp CBD oil to help maintain and support a healthy lifestyle, however there remains a lack of sound guidance on CBD oil dosing.
Reality Check: Do We Need to Try Harder?
While waiting for a flight to a recent chiropractic event, I overheard the ticket agent at the gate next to mine on his cellphone. His side of the conversation went something like this: "Where are you now? How long before you think you can be at the gate? OK, that will work, see you soon."
Malpractice Insurance: Understanding the Cover Letter
Purchasing medical liability insurance is quick, easy and not terribly expensive. The benefits are clearly listed on a certificate—but do you really know what you are getting with that peace of mind?
Exercise Therapy Following Motor Vehicle Trauma (Pt. 2)
In cases of cervical spine trauma, particularly trauma related to a motor vehicle accident, my plan is to teach the patient one exercise per session and build a progression. This is an effective approach I call an "activation circuit."
Acupuncture is a Science-Based Medicine
A longstanding patient of mine came in for a routine treatment after she recently began seeing a chiropractor for neck pain. She saw him a couple of times and wasn't getting the relief she had hoped for, so he recommended she let him do dry needling.
Dietary Supplements That Help Restless Leg Syndrome
It is estimated that 7-10 percent (possibly up to 15 percent) of the U.S. population has restless leg syndrome. It is a bit more common in women than men.
Map It: Understanding the Customer's Journey
One of the biggest marketing mistakes most practice owners or administrators make is not putting themselves in their prospective or current patients' shoes. How do they think and feel about you and your practice? What makes them take action?
The Truth About Malpractice Claims Against DCs (Pt. 1)
Over the past 20 years of active practice, I have seen a number of scary case scenarios regarding signs, symptoms and patient presentations in my office. These presentations scream, This patient is going through an event or This patient does not need chiropractic care, they need emergency care.
VA Chiropractic Reduces Veterans' Use of Opioids?
Utilization of pain medication – particularly opioids – has been massively high in among veterans for decades, but Veterans Administration guidelines that recommend nonpharmacological first-line treatment options create a greater opportunity than ever for VA chiropractors to make a dent in the opioid and overall pain-management crisis.
When Computers Cause UCS: Adjusting Strategy
With the widespread use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, the incidence of "text neck" has reached almost epidemic proportions. But there is another challenge to the spinal health and well-being of our technology-driven society.
News in Brief
A Comprehensive Model of Spine Care; Dr. Christine Goertz Appointed Vice Chair of PCORI Board of Governors.
A Simple Miracle: Treatment for Mysterious Foot Pain
Under the old ICD-9 diagnosis codes, there was actually a diagnosis for "adventures in medical mismanagement" to describe patients who had been run down the rabbit hole of poor case management and care. I encountered one of those patients in my office today.
February, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 02
Spa Ratings: Spa Halekulani at the Halekulani Resort - Honolulu, Hawaii
By "The Massage Mice"
In February 2004, Massage Today began publishing Spa Ratings, a periodic column in which two professionals (dubbed the "massage mice") not affiliated with the spa industry anonymously reviewed and subsequently rated spa massage services.As enthusiasm for Spa Ratings grew, so did Massage Today's vision for this feature. If we were going to publish spa reviews and ratings, why not also reward the spa with the highest score? This is how the Best Spa Massage Award came into being.
Massage Today is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Second Annual Best Spa Massage Award is Spa Halekulani at the Halekulani Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii, whose superior services and massage treatments received a rating of 98 out of a possible 100 - a rating of highest excellence.
There is an extraordinary massage/spa experience going on at the Spa Halekulani. They offer a variety of massages, but by far the best is a combination of Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage with a stone massage. It begins in the waiting area, which is a bit smaller than it should be, but is compensated for by a most unusual chair and footrest. The footrest looks like it is made up of exposed straw ends and that it would be most uncomfortable to rest your feet on, but it is made from the water hyacinth plant. It is soft and comfortable, and allows air to circulate freely.
The therapists then arrive and take the clients out onto a patio area overlooking the pool and the ocean. They use pu ili sticks, and lightly work over the bottom of the client's feet before taking the client to a massage room. This unique way of starting a massage tells you this entire experience is something out of the ordinary. The massage room is roomy, beautifully appointed and spotlessly clean. The experience starts with the therapist spraying the room with maile mist, which is made from the maile plant. The therapist said the plant was used to greet Hawaiian royalty in the past; it has a unique and very pleasant smell. They also put crushed maile leaves in a bowl beneath the massage table's face cradle. The massage table was adequate in width and size, and the face plate was comfortable.
The massage therapist then asks detailed questions about the client's needs based upon the answers given to a written questionnaire filled out in the waiting room. The therapist makes impeccable use of draping and bolsters throughout the massage. There is no standalone changing room. Instead, the therapist steps out of the massage room, and the clients change right there. The massage room has its own locker, and the room is spacious enough to be an acceptable substitute.
The reservation reception staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The reservation procedure was prompt and clear. The only area for improvement would be that the spa management specify a gratuity in advance. If a person wishes to leave an additional gratuity, it's a very time-consuming process to have one gratuity taken off and a different one put back on.
The massage itself was more than anyone could hope for. The therapist combined the best features of stone massage with Lomi Lomi massage. During the massage, the client lies on his/her back. Stones are pre-positioned underneath, warmed to exactly the right temperature, and provide heated acupressure so as to offer maximum relaxation and release of aching muscles. These stones also are used as an aid in the massage, using Lomi Lomi techniques with a strong focus on working acupressure points. The overall effect was excellent; the relaxation effect lasted for some time after the massage. The therapists responded well to feedback from their clients.
When the massage was over, another unique feature occurred; the therapist took the clients back to the original patio and provided them with tea to drink, along with a shish kebob stick with skewered frozen melon balls. It was a delightful counterpose to the heat of the stone massage and the heat of Hawaii. It was a massage experience one will not soon forget.
Reservations Desk (5 points) - Evaluation based on the helpfulness, friendliness and promptness with which the task was handled.
Waiting Area/Changing Room/Locker Room/Showers (10 points) - Evaluation based on spa amenities, atmosphere and cleanliness.
Massage Room & Massage Table (10 points) - Evaluation based on ambiance, cleanliness, lighting, music/sound, aroma, and temperature of room, as applicable, and the comfort of the table, as well as the type of linens and bolsters/support devices employed.
Massage (75 points) - Evaluation based on whether appropriate questions were asked of client; technique and pressure; time allocation; response to client needs, requests, questions and feedback; use of massage oils, lotions, devices and aids; proper draping technique; relaxation/therapeutic effect of massage; water/refreshments offered to client; overall attitude of the massage therapist; and final impression.
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