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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.
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?
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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?
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."
July, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 07
Step Seven: Operations
By John Fanuzzi
Last month, we dealt with construction planning; this month we'll shift gears a bit and focus on the actual internal operations required to run a successful spa or day spa.
Before we hire our therapists, we've hopefully done our homework as to appropriate theme planning, and should have penciled out our menu to some degree.That means we know our specialty treatments will fit right into the particular personality and image we want to manifest. Sometimes situations come up in the hiring process, such as finding a massage therapist with other skills that might be beneficial to offer, that triggers new menu items. Modalities such as polarity therapy; chair massage; aromatherapy; Ashiatsu foot massage; etc. could be added to expand your spa theme. There are many more potential additions, but the point is that any employee's extra skills could add more depth to your spa menu that will set you apart.
When you hire staff, there are many qualities to consider. Personally, I would look at attitude first and a passion for work second -- they must love. Don't forget, you are in effect married to your employees, so communicate and make sure their vision is in line with your vision. I recently visited the DePasquale Day Spa in New Jersey, which is in my opinion an extremely well-managed, five-star operation. What most impressed me was the spa's hiring procedure, and the steps it takes for a new therapist or stylist to actually work the main floor. First, employees train in the school area; then perform their skills on the department heads; and finally, on the spa owner(s). Only then are employees "ready" to treat paying customers.
Generally, you should start your staff training about four weeks before your spa opens. Employees need to learn much more than where they will be working; they need to know your philosophy, theme, internal operating systems, and products, so they can sell products and services besides their own. Employees must be trained as team players and be ambassadors to customers and the public. This can only happen if they are happy with their relationship with their supervisors or owners.
Another important key to success is to set up a computer system that will give you all the information you need. With access to the right information, you can manage and make decisions based on facts. Computers will not solve your problems if your systems are not prepared; and wrong or incomplete data is worse than a manual system. In choosing your software program, do your homework. Ask yourself some questions. Will it be easy to learn and operate? Is it a complete bookkeeping and operations package? Can you get any kind of report you need easily? How does it handle commission splits? Does it create barcodes for your inventory? Will your reports produce graphs? If used correctly, your computer system will save you lots of work, so don't skimp.
A few months ago, in my article on spa budget and finance, I presented several charts illustrating startup cash requirements and cash flows. (Editor's note: See "Step Four: Budget/Financing" in the April issue). It would be a wise business practice to prepare those same charts with real everyday numbers, so you can immediately see where you are winning and where you are losing. This type of daily record will reveal trends and allow you to make adjustments before you lose big money. I like to post daily sales figures and employee performances, which help build teamwork and create a challenge to set higher goals. From that original business plan with cash requirements you should be in the ballpark to know what your marketing budget is and at this time there will most likely be some adjustments since the original was done before the final design.
Retail sales is one of the most important, but often neglected, facets of spa operations. Retail sales can be a tremendous source of "extra" revenue. When setting up your retail sales operations, consider a full time retail sales manager and an incentive program for therapists who sell. A good salesperson can make you a lot more money than just letting the receptionist ring up a passive sale. Your retail sales revenue may depend on how big or small your operation is, and how well your employees know your product line.
If you've hired a spa consultant, you may already have a complete operations manual based on experience from similar past clients. Don't forget to allow for regular cleanup and maintenance in off hours, so your place will always stay sparking.
Next month, we will discuss the initial startup marketing strategy for your spa. Until then, keep reading those spa magazines!
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