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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
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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