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Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
Building a Successful Spa: Step One - Conception
By John Fanuzzi
As I write for Massage Today, whose primary readership is massage therapists, I am honored to share some of my experiences with many friends in the industry. Looking through the eyes of a massage therapist and through the eyes of a hotel chain are completely different, so I will write as if I was a massage therapist considering opening a spa.
"Spa" seems to be the wildcard word that incorporates not just massage, but a potential multitude of treatments, including other alternative therapies; body scrubs; skin care; steam; sauna; hydrotherapy; yoga; fitness; diet; meditation; and cleansing.It is the universal and much more socially accepted word, and it has hit its stride only in the past six or seven years. With that window now open, many massage therapists are upgrading their practices to day spas, which can be quite profitable if properly planned and managed.
When inspired with a new idea, such as opening a spa, a process starts that will test you, to see if you have what it takes to fulfill that vision. Many people get sidetracked when someone, perhaps their closest friend or most respected lawyer, banker or accountant, questions them about the practicality of their dream. Will your passion or your fears win when you hit that obstacle? My experience tells me that with any good idea, there are always hurdles to overcome. The real beginning is when you say, "I will." From that point of commitment, the fun begins. I have labeled this Conception -- the first step of a 12-step process to building a successful spa. Sharing your vision with your close circle of partners or staff, who also have a positive vision, will multiply the ideas and keep the creative juices flowing. It is also a time to start to think about what type of corporate structure you might need, and who the principals will be. Your positive attitude will bring the birth of a beautiful business; it must be nurtured, just like a baby in the womb.
I have personally built two spas, and one thing I can say is that what your final product may be quite different than your conceptual plan. When you do get into the design stage, you want to be as close to the final desired result as possible or it will delay construction and cost more for changes.
Now that you have decided to move forward, it is time to ask yourself some basic questions, such as: Do I want or need partners? Should I incorporate? How much will it cost? How big of a space do I need? Should I lease, buy or build? What types of treatments should I offer? Do I want to be more clinical? Do I want to include a hair salon? Should I start small? Should I hire a consultant? (For the sake of readers who may not have any knowledge of the spa industry, I am starting our discussion at an elementary level.)
This early creative stage is perhaps the most important - it is the thrust to get you through the next 11 steps. Each idea is a very important part of the process, and could be worth thousands of dollars. It is time to open your eyes wide, ask questions, visit as many spas as you can, attend trade shows, and read as much as possible from trade magazines such as Spa Management, Day Spa and American Spa.
Next month, we'll take the second step toward opening a spa by addressing Spa Theme and Personality.
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