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Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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?
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
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.
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.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
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.
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 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.
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.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
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.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
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.
January, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 01
What Really Drives the Spa Industry?
By John Fanuzzi
At a recent trade show, I was talking about the growth of the spa industry when someone commented, "That would make a great story." I agree. People need to have a more in-depth understanding of what makes the industry grow.
What was the most revolutionary development in the spa industry? In my opinion, the arrival of credible therapeutic massage was the grease that helped the spa industry grow into the $10 billion industry it is today.It is the most popular treatment at American spas, and perhaps the biggest moneymaker. Touch is one of the best tools for marketing and PR. A significant milestone that boosted the credibility and growth of the massage industry was the first publishing of the four-color journal Massage Magazine in 1986. We took out its first full-page, color ad for placement on the back cover. By the next issue, more table manufacturers started advertising in four-color formats. Advertising in the trade publications is a great way for manufacturers to introduce new products. Prior to 1986, advertising had to be done in newspapers or new-age magazines, making it difficult to reach a targeted market.
As the advertisements increased, so did the educational articles. The articles were an avenue for enlightenment and industry stimulation. I have seen this process repeat itself with the emergence of each new publication; one major manufacturer advertises, and the ante is upped again. Advertisers indirectly support the articles and the networking process.
By the same measure, advertisers also support equipment innovations. For instance, it is my belief that the massage chair was the most revolutionary and stimulating product to hit the massage industry. (Thank you, David Palmer and Living Earth Crafts.) The massage chair is by far the best marketing tool for the massage therapist starting a practice. It also is a must for the day spa owner seeking exposure in the community. We started selling lightweight chairs at hair shows in the 90s, assisted by an entourage of volunteer massage therapists. Little by little, massage started showing up in salons. I honestly believe this was the beginning of the day spa culture. Companies such as Aveda jumped on the concept, and the rest is history.
As we exhibited in hair and beauty shows, we realized that most salons were trying to give a massage on the narrow, unstable European facial beds. In 1992, this led to the development of the first multi-purpose, four-panel table. This combination massage/facial table was well-received by end-users and the competition. The table took off. Today, American-made, four-panel, multiuse tables are the industry standard, offered by most of the U.S. table manufacturers.
The next major product to bridge the spa gap was the wet table, led by Touch America in about 1992. In 1994, we created a plastic-molded wet table, primarily for body wraps in a dry room. The wet table was not even intended for Vichy shower use; however, one of our favorite competitors started marketing it with a Vichy shower. That expanded the market even further. The word "spa"equates with the word "water"; the presence of a wet table in a salon only tightened the gap between the spa and the salon. The first year, we only sold two (not very good, considering our large investment in design and tooling). This is where I learned that competition can be a good thing. We now have several competitors for wet tables, but we sell about 100 times what we sold that 1st year. The competition helped create demand through marketing avenues, such as trade shows, trainings and advertising. Product companies that provide muds, algaes, salts, lotions and brushes were born, or greatly endowed. The wet table is now a standard item in the day spa.
Manufacturers and their distributors make the trade shows possible, and also spend the advertising dollars for trade magazines. When Dayspa Magazine came out Jan '96, a new plateau was reached. The more creative the competition became, the more the industry grew. Back then, massage was just massage; today, the all-encompassing concept of "spa" embraces massage; hydrotherapy and other wet treatments; aromatherapy; acupuncture; fitness; diet; meditation; and yoga. Destination spas such as Canyon Ranch have pioneered the way in body, mind and spirit technology. Many have followed in their footsteps (again, more competition). The International Spa Association (ISPA) has grown to become a premium networking organization in a very short time. Trade magazines; tradeshows; spa consultants; spa owners and operators; architects; and product designers have all been instrumental in promoting the success of spas. Their involvement also creates a demand for more products, which leads to additional industry growth.
The hotel industry also has been affected by the growth in the spa industry. Large hotel chains are undertaking major renovations to update their spas, to meet the needs of their customers. These additions include Vichy showers; lockers; expensive hydrotherapy tubs; and steam, sauna, and multipurpose rooms for massage and facials. Many hotels are adding spas for the first time, which again ups the industry ante: every hotel must keep up with the competition. When a destination resort or fine hotel such as Hilton does a complete remodel and adds a 30,000 square-foot spa, the Marriott across the street will have to do the same (or even better) to keep up. We are seeing more and more business for our spa equipment from large hotels. By the way, this is great for the whole economy - from design and construction, to equipment, products, and jobs for spa professionals.
Essentially, the progression is as simple as this: new products = more advertising; more tradeshow booths; more competition; more education; more construction; more consumable products; more schools; and more therapists = a better economy.
This leads me to my next series of 10 articles, entitled "Where's the Water?" Water, in all its therapeutic forms, may be the most important element of the spa industry today - yet many facilities that call themselves "spas" do not offer any water treatments. How important is water to the spa industry? Tune in next month to find out!
We're all looking forward to the big splash!
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