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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.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
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."
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?"
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?
May, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 05
Building a Successful Spa: Step Five: Design
By John Fanuzzi
Before I get into this month's topic, I would like to apologize for some confusion about last month's article on budget - particularly with respect to the spreadsheets. A number of other pages are needed to give the full overview, and it simply would take up too much room to print.I would invite those who would like some clarification to e-mail me at the address listed at the end of this article.
This month's topic is design. After perhaps months of preliminary planning - from birthing the original idea, to exploring the feasibility of such a project, to putting the finances in place to proceed - you are now ready for the next step: putting the ideas on paper. Generally, interior design firms or architects can do everything from construction documents, which include floor plan , electrical, lighting, interior finishes and furniture, to construction management; however, I strongly advise you to speak with a professional spa consultant first.
The reason a spa professional should be on the job before a designer is that he or she has the familiarity with the equipment as it relates to the planning requirements. He or she also can lead you to sources of information, such as attending a major spa trade show where you can pick the brains of an abundance of experienced owners, spa directors, educators, and manufacturers. I often see spa consultants meeting their clients at trade shows, specifically to pick out equipment. This should be done before final drawings on your spa are made.
The spa professional assists the designer, who may not be familiar with the wide variety of equipment used in a spa. Building a spa requires knowledge of specialty equipment that is not in your designer's normal line of residential and commercial jobs. If your designer does not know what equipment is available, how can he or she provide the proper space and flow requirements?
A good spa consultant has a design background and can help with the preliminary floor plan, including room sizes, traffic flow, adjacencies, and room use requirements as they pertain to the proper equipment and mechanical requirements. He or she can advise you on the benefits and drawbacks of certain modalities, which ultimately equate to more or less revenue per square foot.
Spa consultants should also be familiar with the proper space, plumbing, electrical, and ventilation requirements for certain equipment. Some of the specialty equipment includes wet rooms with vichy showers or hydrotherapy tubs, steam, sauna, and pedicure units, and a multitude of therapy tables.
I have had customers building a small operation who did not hire a professional, who thought they wanted a full wet room with a vichy shower, but didn't realize that a water containment table in a dry room would work fine, save money, save cleanup time, save laundry, and also not limit that room to only wet treatments. I usually recommend this to smaller day spas with less than six treatment rooms. I also recommend a floor drain and hand sink in every treatment room, so your facility is versatile enough to accept wet/dry tables and multifunction massage, facial, and pedicure chairs.
For those of you who have no background in building and design, let me explain some of the basic design components that all need to fit together and get coordinated. On jobs requiring an architect, such as new construction or additions, a set of contract drawings is issued for each of the components, including: structural (if required), architectural, plumbing, and heating ventilation / air conditioning (HVAC). If the structural components of the building are already in place, such as in a space that is leased in a shopping mall, then architectural interior design drawings are the primary requirement. On most remodels, individual sub-contractors usually present their own shop drawings to dovetail with your architectural needs.
The next step is to choose an interior designer who will evaluate, edit and draft your floor plan for proper building code requirements. This person must be sensitive enough to work within your budget, to acquire the most aesthetic value for the money and resonate with your theme. He or she will also select the proper interior finish materials and furniture. Ideally the designer will create the space to set the mood and be functional. Using spa consultants and professionals from the design community will save time and money, and create a more professional space. In the end, when you have to live with the results, you will be a happy camper. You may also get less gray hair in the process.
Next month we'll be ready for the construction - bring your tool belt.
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