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Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
February, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 02
Building a Successful Spa: Step Two - Theme/Spa Personality
By John Fanuzzi
Last month we initiated a 12-step process designed at opening a spa, starting with conception of the spa. Now let's talk personality!
As we move forward in the process after making that first commitment, the earthy decisions will start to accumulate.Before you even decide on location, design and operational details, it is a good idea to consider the spa personality or theme, if you have not already done so. Do you want to have exotic Italian tile with painted murals? Will you focus on a specific ethnic or cultural atmosphere, reflected in particular modalities such as Ayurvedic treatments accompanied by Indian music? Would you like Greek marble columns with statuary and clouds painted on the ceilings? Contemporary with a full spread of treatments is common. How about Oriental massage with Asian therapists, or multicultural rooms with a variety of multinational therapists? Are you Zen, are you clinical, are you wholistic? Will you need a yoga or fitness room?
Have you considered a retreat setting? If so, what about housing or local hotels? This could be a good choice if you are interested in creating a restorative or anti-aging clinic. People will come to the middle of nowhere to get away. Perhaps a farm, one in which its outer restoration plays a role in the clients' restoration, would work well.
Do you want your spa to reflect a sense of "sacredness," such as the feeling of an ashram, in which spirituality and self-growth are part of the attraction? How about a certain smell when you walk in the door? Is there a clothing or uniform image you'd prefer?
If you choose an ethnic theme for your spa, the location could be even more crucial. The more exotic might prove impractical, when you consider having to find or train specialized therapists. You must also consider your budget. Do you want real marble of faux-painted? Carpet or tile floors? The options are endless.
Whatever you decide, the thread of the theme should penetrate everything in the spa, from products to treatments, colors, smells, uniforms, aprons, robes, and even ethnic therapists if that applies. The keywords are continuity, cohesiveness and uniqueness. You are defining who you are, and what your message and purpose are. In essence, you are defining the image and the perception that the public will get when they visit your facility. In economic terms, how you define your spa's theme and personality equals marketing dollars well-spent.
When spa consultant Monica Brown took on the job of developing the Hershey Spa, she flowed right in with the theme of the Chocolate Giant -- Chocolate. The result was a line of skin and bath products that smell just like chocolate. What a unique signature for such a company. (I have smelled the products and they do smell just like chocolate -- you almost want to drink the bathwater). That sounded like a no-brainer, but to a closed mind, the opportunity could have been missed, and the Hershey Spa would have become a traditional services spa instead.
Tara Grodesk, of Tara Spa Therapies, has been known for her "regional specialties" that reflect the needs of the local environment. For instance, in a cold harsh dry climate, such as at the Peaks at Telluride or in ski country such as here in Montana, she would perhaps promote an alpine menu, with treatments and products that would warm the bones, hydrate the skin, and feature some sort of a fireplace setting to lounge around. A Southwest theme might take into consideration the clay, aloe vera, sage, and adobe indigenous to the region. A tropical climate would invite a feeling of cooling, which might include ingredients in the products such as mango, citrus or coconut. An urban oasis in New York would create the sense of a "lunch-hour getaway" from the fast-paced city life. These seem like obvious points, but sometimes they are overlooked because people rely on familiarity with a certain product or a place, rather than thinking about the wants and needs of the people who truly matter: the clients who will frequent the spa.
In rural areas, consider a restorative retreat for lifestyle changes. Clients will travel to get away to pattern new habits. Here you might include cleansing diets with fasting; colonics; liver flushes; dark-field microscopy; blood and urine analysis; iridology; and classes on self-improvement and spirituality. If people could spent a week and return home transformed, just think how quickly all of their friends would be knocking on your spa door.
Next month, we'll take the third step toward opening a spa by addressing Location, Location, Location.
Click here for previous articles by John Fanuzzi.
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