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Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
March, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 03
Building a Successful Spa: Step Three -- Location, Location, Location
By John Fanuzzi
How many times have you driven by a commercial property and commented, "What a great place to put a business"? Chances are the real estate or rent might be very high or unavailable - but how important is location? Do you get what you pay for, or do you create your location? Do you settle for what's around, or do you keep looking?
I would consider the following when choosing an ideal location for a day spa:
The location must be a draw for the type of clientele you are trying to attract. Prime location may or may not be an advantage to you. For example, if you plan on offering outdoor tai chi or yoga, fitness or nature walks, these services would be better suited for a remote setting.
If you already own a property without high traffic or are in a secluded location, you may have to adapt your business style and marketing to attract customers according to that location. This is the case in my personal situation: I already own the property. It is actually a challenging location, being so remote in Montana - 50 miles from a population base in Bozeman. To balance the situation, our market must reach a national audience. Friends said I was crazy back in 1985 when I moved Golden Ratio to Montana. My vision did not include a local market. I make my niche now with the Wellspring Institute by attracting a broad variety of customers, local and distant; by having housing for those out of state; and by offering an adventure program, corporate spa getaways, and rejuvenation programs that include longer stays with a cleansing program.
Recently, I attended the Murietta Day Spa, which is about an hour from Los Angeles, California. The owner told me that the spa relies on business from people who want to get away for the day, but do not necessarily want to fly or stay in a hotel overnight. The spa was beautiful and provided plenty of parking. My full day in the spa was shortly after the events of September 11, 2001. To my surprise, the staff told me that they did not notice any slowdown in their business. In fact, they had more people coming to the spa - people who didn't want to fly to a get-away resort.
When I set up Montana Bodycare and Dayspa in Bozeman, I found a location next to a busy hair salon, just off the main drag. I thought the proximity to the salon would pay off. It did - in fact, the current owner bought the salon and knocked a hole through the wall to connect the two businesses.
Here's another important consideration when setting up a spa -- Should I buy or lease? This is a big decision, because if you lease, you usually have to spend your money to make the leasehold improvements, which you do not own. Sometimes the developer of a new commercial property will include the initial improvements, but you will most likely pay more rent. When you start putting plumbing in every room and showers, wet rooms, steam, tile etc., it adds up quickly. Experience has taught me that you will always spend more than originally planned. (My latest advice/warning is to double what you planned to spend)
Make your choice of location and theme wisely. The two must fit together. In this industry, reputation and word of mouth will prevail. A successful blending of the appropriate elements will bring repeat customers, and those steady customers will bring their friends. The bottom line is, it must be the right location for you.
Next month, we will discuss the importance of budgeting, financing, and cash requirements.
Click here for previous articles by John Fanuzzi.
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