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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10
Step 10: Presentation
By John Fanuzzi
Welcome to the physical sector of opening a successful spa. After visiting the first nine steps, our doors are now open. From this point on, your success or failure may depend on one element: Presentation.
Presentation with respect to your spa includes everything from the physical appearance of the front desk to the appearance and personality of each employee.Your retail display; artwork; décor; printed receipts; collateral printed materials; menu; website; and customer service are all part of the presentation. Presentation is going to affect the image of your business, and public image is the backbone of repeat business, word of mouth, your reputation, and ultimate success.
Lets take a look at image. I remember going to a trade show a few years ago in Chicago, and instead of one booth, we took four booths with lots of inventory and a new look. One customer came by and made the remark, " Wow you guys really got big." In truth, we were no bigger than the previous year, but we looked like we were. Remember, people talk, especially in a local community. That's exactly what you want if there is something good to talk about. Perception is reality. As I mentioned in a previous article, the goal is to keep the marketing dollars in your pocket. Good word of mouth means good publicity. People talk, and positive talk about your spa is the least expensive way to advertise.
In last month's article, we discussed the hiring and training of your therapists and staff. Now that the spa is open, you must make a daily effort to keep your staff happy, alert, and tuned in to the needs of the customers. Always keep in mind how important that first impression is. It should be a goal to make each person who comes through your door a long-term customer.
Work toward this goal as soon as each person walks through the door. Welcome clients and offer a cup of tea or a snack when they sit down, just as you would do with guests in your home. Offer a tour of your facility if possible, and introduce them to your key staff. If clients come in specifically for a massage, don't have the therapists just put them face down and start rubbing. It is a time of first impression and relationship building. Spend that extra time and offer a gift product or gift treatment. I like to have new clients sit face-up on a backrest table and get a foot scrub and rub, so a conversation can happen before the silence of a massage -- even if it takes more time. An extra-personal presentation, especially on the first visit, leaves a lasting impression. It is also a good habit to have every treatment as warm and special as the first. Think of it as keeping the romance alive after the marriage.
Another simple-but-effective presentation is uniforms. I like logo shirts, with each employee's name on his or her shirt. Some people, myself included, have a hard time remembering names, and it's also a bit awkward if the customer forgets your name. The same logo also should be on the robes and towels. Uniforms also make it easy for all employees -- they all know what to wear, and there is no room for individual fashion shows that could tarnish your presentation. If you design a particularly catchy or attractive image, your logo shirts may even become a popular retail item. Again, this is great advertising for free.
Do you want repeat customers? Serve food -- sandwiches, cookies, tea and juice drinks. I would cost it in with your treatments. They serve free drinks in Las Vegas when people are gambling. I don't drink alcohol, but I know I would be touched if I could get free juice drinks or food while at the spa. When I took a few days at the Miraval Resort in Tuscon, all the food, juices and snacks were included. The high room cost did not matter -- the service was worth it. Free food encourages customers to relax, socialize and spend more money. They become loyal friends instead of revolving-door customers, and they become your extended marketing family. Just think of their circles of friends they will bring back over the years if you foster good relationships with them.
One extremely important detail not to be forgotten is cleanliness. Think of how unpleasant is it to find one hair in the bathroom of a fine hotel you just paid top dollars to stay in. It just takes one hair to give you a bad image. Consider your spa as you would a fine hotel. Clean your spa every night, and make sure each therapist keeps his or her appearance and work space immaculate at all times. Cleanliness is Godliness! Once gain, it's all about presentation: if it's clean enough for angels, it's clean enough for your customers.
That leads us to my favorite subject, to be discussed next month: Golden Rules.
Click here for previous articles by John Fanuzzi.
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