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Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
June, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 06
Step Six: Construction
By John Fanuzzi
This month's topic is the actual construction of your spa. If you have done your homework and worked in conjunction with your spa consultant and interior designer or architect, you should be well prepared.The more detail you've provided on the design and specs, the easier it will be to get bids that will not be susceptible to huge overruns and misunderstandings with the builder.
Its time to decide whether to choose a general contractor, whose job it will be to coordinate the entire job, including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, tile, painting, finish details, etc., or to serve as your own construction manager (general contractor). With the latter option, you'll bid out and coordinate all of the subcontractors and do most of the pricing, purchasing, and scheduling yourself. You will have to also get the permits as an owner/builder. I would only recommend this option if your job is a renovation and if you have construction or management experience. You will also be responsible for the quality control of your own job. This may also take away from your spa operation planning, but, could save you as much as 10% to 20% of the construction cost.
Whether or not you use a general contractor or not, you will still be shopping for the best quality for the least price. You should get at least three bids from reputable general contractors, or from each subcontractor if you are the general contractor. If your plans and specs are well-prepared, the lowest bid will work fine. However, if your plans are not well-detailed, a low bid could actually cost you more in the end, particularly if there are changes needed that are not detailed enough on the plans. For example if the concrete floor is poured and your floor drain is in the wrong place, the wrong size, or forgotten because the equipment was not specified, this could represent a major extra cost. Sometimes a low bidder can see that your plans are not clear enough and will come in with a low bid, knowing he or she will get the job, but make up for the low bid on the extras and change orders, and at the same time not have to be accountable for delays. In any case, make sure you know the hourly rate you will pay in case of changes. It is also important to require a finish date, with a penalty clause if the work is not completed on time.
You should time your construction to be finished about two-to-four weeks before you open, to allow for a little cushion and to schedule a training period. This overlap will give you the option to train in your own place if the building is done on time; if more time is required for construction, you can still do offsite training. (It is much better to do the training onsite if at all possible.) The extra cost of an offsite training facility rental should be figured into the cost of non-performance to be paid by the contractor. You should also keep an ongoing punch list of incomplete work and withhold a part of your final payment until such work is completed. There should also be a workmanship guarantee clause - especially for plumbing, electrical, and mechanical problems that could arise as a result of improper installation or use of inferior materials.
Make sure that you completely understand your contract before you sign it. If you have any questions your builder cannot explain and you cannot understand, you probably should get legal advice before you sign. You should also have your spa consultant review your contract and final contract plans before you sign, just to be sure. If you been independently creative and have not hired a spa consultant from the beginning, this is your last chance to avoid potentially costly mistakes before construction begins.
Another important bit of advice is to make sure the contractor is licensed and insured, including liability and workers' comp. It is actually legally possible that you could be liable for personal or property damages caused by a construction accident even if you are leasing the property.
Don't forget to put up your "Coming Soon" signs to let the public know your spa is in the works! Next month, we'll change gears and start to talk about the actual business operations master planning.
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