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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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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 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.
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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