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Economics of Complementary/Integrative Care
Although this column doesn't usually feature a book review, we're going outside of our usual public health format to discuss a new book written by Patricia Herman ND, PhD.
What They Don't Say Could Hurt You
I have written previously regarding the difficulties of drawing information from patients who are poor historians, forgetful or just plain uncooperative. The thought to revisit the topic occurred recently during preparation for an upcoming seminar.
The Spirits of the Points: The Gall Bladder Official
The Gall Bladder is known as The Official of Decision Making and Judgment. In any given day, this Official makes countless decisions – conscious and unconscious, which influence every aspect of our being.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
Patient Perception and the Farce of "Fast Relief"; A Fly in the Ointment; Persecuted for Choosing to Practice Chiropractic.
A Building Block of Healthy Aging
Coenzyme Q10 has gained enormous attention in recent years, and with good reason —it's the Energizer Bunny of the cellular world.
Helping Infertility Patients with the Spirit Essence
As many of you know, when it comes to treating infertility, we are dealing with a patient population that is, generally speaking, in emotional turmoil. These patients often experience fear, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, grief and anger.
Herbal Medicine: Go Mainstream
When it comes to practicing herbal medicine in a mainstream setting, there are a number of important points to understand when it comes to prescribing formulas. Some important questions to ask are - what method of prescribing and dispensing is most effective in this setting?
Energy is a hot commodity. Society pays dearly for it and for the expertise of those who know how to cultivate it.
Medicine Presents: A Great Opportunity
The changing nature of health care presents both opportunities and challenges. While we tend to focus on our profession, we can sometimes forget the impact other health care professions can have on us.
Happenings in Our Evolving Profession
Good things seem to be happening for our profession and recent developments show we are all on board. Talking about being on board, this September The Veterans Express-Purple Heart Tour is expected to make its way out of the station.
Correcting Kid Logic in Health Care and Research Design
A recent broadcast on public radio described a fascinating phenomenon known as kid logic.
The Potter's Wheel: Reflections on Practicing in a Technology-Driven World
In my very early years of practice, an older patient named Cora would call me at home, usually late Sunday night after she had consumed an unknown quantity of beer.
Going Shoeless: The Pros & Cons of Barefoot Running
With the subculture of barefoot runners and the products catering to them growing daily, just about every chiropractor has been asked at one point or another about their opinion regarding barefoot running.
You are What You Eat Part II: Integrative Protocols
In the previous installment of this article I discussed important ideas concerning gastrointestinal health and foundational ideas from TCM, which can provide key insights into creating effective protocols for healing the gut.
Some Thoughts on the TMJ
The temporomandibular joint is an interesting and dynamic articulation that can cause a lot of problems.
Remembering Joe Weider (1920-2013)
With the death of Joe Weider, the world's most famous body-building visionary, crusader, fitness magazine publisher and icon, on March 23, 2013, chiropractic has lost one of its greatest friends and supporters.
Have a Heart: Say No to Soda
It's not enough that soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages have been linked to cavities and weight gain, among other negative health consequences.
News in Brief
Controversial Florida PIP Law Under Review; D'Youville Chiro. Students Learning Art of Co-Managing; And the Award Goes To...; F4CP Recognizes Major Contribution by ChiroTouch.
Peer Points: Stories of Practice Success
When patients go see Arizona-based acupuncturist Jing Liu, it is to get top care from an practitioner well versed in all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
SOAP Notes: It's Time for a Cleaning
I have been planning for some time to write an article about how traditional SOAP notes do not fit chiropractic practice, and the unfairness of holding DCs to a model clearly created for and primarily applicable to medical physicians.
What the Science Says About Magnesium Stearate
It's often been said that scientific studies can be used to support just about anything. But discoveries are never made one study at a time.
Why You Should Get to Know the National Vaccine Information Center
Barbara Loe Fisher has been a diligent advocate for providing parents with the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding the usage of vaccinations for their children.
Research Abstracts From the Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics
Effect of Pain Relief on Lumbar Muscle Function and Activation; Effects of Thrust Amplitude and Duration of HVLA Spinal Manipulation; Immediate Effects of Upper Thoracic Manipulation on Cardiovascular Response.
Helping Patients Through Pregnancy Loss
There is a lot of focus in the acupuncture world on fertility and helping women get pregnant. It's exhilarating to hear the news that a patient is expecting a baby. The other side of that is pregnancy loss. That includes abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth.
Let's face it – patient evaluation takes time. Unless you are really into the diagnostic evaluation game, you probably have found the formal exam protocol tedious if not downright annoying.
Are They Finally Fixing Medicare Reimbursement?
Even with federal sequestration cuts taking effect in March, including a 2 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursement to health care providers, hope may be on the horizon in the form of a much-anticipated, perpetually suggested overhaul of Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate formula, which serves as the basis for determining physician reimbursement.
Side Effects From Big Pharma: Wellbutrin – Dangerous for You and Your Baby
Are some of your pregnant patients taking Wellbutrin? If so, it could be a danger to them and their baby. This drug is extremely popular, but it has a serious history.
There Are No Secrets: Treating Complicated Conditions with TCM
Including standardized extra points, there are just over 400 acupuncture points on the body. You get 400 and I get 400 - same. Yet, time and time again treatment protocols are coveted as if they were some secret formula only intended for the right and privileged.
July, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 07
By Steve Capellini, LMT
Author's Note: The Spa Letters column features news, personality profiles, trends, and plenty of professional possibilities for LMTs in the spa industry. The style is epistolary, meaning the articles are letters to a fictional massage therapist friend of the author.
So, everything's running smoothly at the spa for a change, eh? You're firmly in charge as the supervisor of treatments; your staff appreciates the efforts you've made to create a better work environment for them; and management is pleased by your ability to cut costs and still offer superior service.Plus, you still get to do 20 hours of your own hands-on work each week. What could be finer?
Of course, there always has to be at least one fly in the ointment, and in this case that fly's name is Ms. X, the spa director. Like many spa directors, she's landed in the position via the management route rather than moving up through the ranks of spa line staff, and so in your opinion she doesn't have the skills needed to communicate with authority to your fellow therapists. Yet communicate she must, even though she's put her foot in her mouth on a number of occasions. So, how can you, a massage supervisor, educate a spa director?
Step One: Put Yourself in Your Place
First, make sure that your head is securely attached to your shoulders and hasn't inflated to five times its normal size after your recent promotion and pay raise. The last thing you want to get involved with is some political maneuvering in which you'll likely be perceived as angling for yet another promotion, perhaps even taking over the spa director position, much too quickly. You have to let things take their natural course, and right now that course includes Ms. X.
Once your ego is firmly in check and there is no danger of doing something you'll later regret, you can then proceed to step two.
Step Two: Put Yourself in Her Place
Next, think about Ms. X's position. Like many people who are not completely familiar with every aspect of the work their staff does, she may feel somewhat insecure, although according to your description she acts exactly the opposite. That's what insecurity does. Rather than confronting her head-on, though, take the diplomatic route and put yourself in her place first.
She knows she needs to become better acquainted with what you and your team do behind closed doors in the therapy rooms, and she'd feel much more comfortable if she could speak your language, but how can she go about saying that without looking incompetent in this one particular area? Some people are comfortable admitting to what they don't know, but your spa director doesn't seem to be such a person. So what can you do? How about trying a little education?
Step Three: The Education of a Spa Director
I propose that you approach your spa director privately, either through a letter or in person, without anybody else knowing, and tell her about the educational opportunities that exist for people in her position. She may be surprised to learn, for example, that massage schools are starting to perceive the need for spa directors to learn more about what their staffs do, and at least one has already planned a workshop tailored specifically to this audience. The Utah School of Massage received an encouraging response to their initial idea for a special spa director's training class. The folks there imagine, correctly, that there are a large number of directors who would benefit by learning the basics of what their therapists are doing. Imagine it: Ms. X with a fellow spa director's glutes in her hands, learning petrissage. This is the type of thing that will both inform and humble her. Try calling the school to see when they're next going to offer the course. I think they're planning on one sometime next year.
As an alternative, you might let one of the vendors who supply you with products and training do a little side-training for the director. Sure, Ms. X can sit in on trainings with the rest of the staff, but in that environment she can't receive the individualized attention a non-therapist needs. It probably won't be too difficult to convince a vendor that it's worthwhile to invest private time with a spa director. After all, the director is key in making decisions about which products to use, so it's in the vendors' best interest to stay on her good side.
If you can't find someone else who is willing to educate Ms. X, consider doing the job yourself. But you have to be politically correct and couch the suggestion in amenable terms. How about something like this? "Ms. X, I know you've been working extremely hard to make sure the spa is running in tip top form, and that probably hasn't left you time to keep up with the latest advances in spa therapy being performed here. I'd like to suggest that I give you a one-on-one presentation of some techniques we're using now, telling you how we do what we do, and why, and maybe you can try your hand at it yourself a little."
Step Four: Surrender to the Outcome
Of course, your spa director may not be open to such suggestions, in which case you can forget all about these ideas. Instead of trying to force unwanted information on her, it's better to drop the idea. You're still going to have to deal on a day-to-day basis with someone who is not fully versed in the language of what you're doing, however, so in this case I would suggest the following: get over it.
That's right. Just surrender to the idea that this particular spa director is not the ideal person you would like to be working with in an ideal world. But then again, you're always going to find that something is not perfect, no matter where you're working or what your circumstances are. What is there in your relationship with Ms. X that is instructive? What positives can you create from the situation? How can you make her job easier, now that you know her limitations?
Perhaps most importantly, refer back to step number one. Take a look at yourself as you ponder trying to change the behavior of somebody else. What could you do to be more humble, more highly educated, more helpful to the entire operation you're involved with at the spa? Perhaps there's a training course or two you could take yourself that would help you better understand Ms. X's position and her point of view. If you can find one, take it, and expand your mind. You'll be glad you did.
Talk to you later,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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