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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
News in Brief
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 05
By Steve Capellini, LMT
Author's Note: The Spa Letters column features news, personality profiles, trends, and plenty of professional possibilities for LMTs in the spa industry.The style is epistolary, meaning the articles are letters to a fictional massage therapist friend of the author.
You're doing it! I always thought the day would come when you'd decide to venture out and open a spa of your own, but I didn't think it would come this soon. The timing must be right. Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise that the job at the medical spa fell through - after all, you didn't really enjoy working for the people there, and they certainly didn't support you when you were faced with a career-ending lawsuit. So, it may be for the best that you're now a free agent.
Of course, you probably feel bad about losing those stock options the medical spa offered you, but you've got to remember that options are exactly that: options. They only have paper value until they can be exercised, and if your mishaps with management are at all indicative of the spa's future prospects, I would venture a guess that those options are not going to be worth much in the future. What you're probably throwing away is a bunch of paper dreams. It's better to be rid of them, move on unencumbered, and anchor yourself firmly in the reality of starting up a new spa venture.
I'm sure it isn't easy contemplating a new start in a strange city. It's intimidating, to say the least, but you've got one important thing on your side: a partner on whom you can trust and rely. Barbara has proven herself in your time of need, sticking by your side and believing in you when you were sued for incompetence. Now, she needs your help in creating the spa of her dreams.
More Than Just Another Business
This new facility will be something simple and not uncommon: a day spa. By some estimates, there are over 10,000 day spas in the U.S. alone. Another one opens every day of the week. No big deal, right? Then, why are you so excited? Why are you and Barbara almost delirious at the thought of developing your new business? Why does it all seem so totally unique, so avant-garde, so special? I've seen the same thing many times - in every spa workshop I teach and everywhere I go, from the beaches of South Florida to the woods of northern Canada. When people create their own spa, it almost always becomes a labor of love, dedication, creativity and great hope. You and Barbara now hope to share something of yourselves with many new people, and you want everything to be perfect.
A spa is a special place - definitely more than just another business. It combines the nourishing qualities of a restaurant with the healing properties of a clinic, then adds the social buzz of a great salon and the health focus of a gym. A spa is a place that nurtures, treats and loves people, all in an atmosphere created completely by you.
Of course, to create this fabulous dream, you need to focus on some concrete, un-dreamlike realities. If you don't focus on these realities right now, the entire dream will collapse before it has a chance to take shape. The three things I think most important at this preliminary stage (things you absolutely must take care of first) are concept, financing and location.
What a Great Concept!
First comes the dream. If everyone had to stop and think of all the problems and pitfalls of new ventures before they even dreamed them up, nothing would ever get built. Go ahead and dream. Fantasize. What would your perfect spa look like? What treatments do you want on the menu? Where will it be located? Who are your clientele? Will you have an extensive retail section? Will food or drinks be available? What would you name the spa?
In my spa startup workshops, I share a "Far Side" cartoon with students. In the cartoon, two super-excited dogs sit ogling their owner as she spoons out the same slop they receive every day of the week. The caption reads, "Oh boy... it's dog food again!" The point I'm trying to get across is that spa-goers are not canines. With so many choices available in the marketplace today, you need to spend some time honing and refining your concept until it becomes something a little bit different than everyone else's.
I look forward to hearing about your developing concept over the coming weeks. It sounds like you and Barbara already have some interesting ideas.
You've Got Backing
The primary cause for spa startup failure is undercapitalization, which is a fancy word for being broke. You've got to have some money (six months of operating expenses is the typical suggestion) to get started. In your case, Barbara's parents are going to fund the project with $100,000 of their own capital, and Barbara's going to take a loan out for another $100,000, using her house as collateral. They're definitely taking some major risks here, putting everything on the line to make this new business work. So, what can you offer? You can offer $10,000, that's what. Yes, you heard me right - your entire life savings that you've had socked away in a CD for eight years. I know that's a scary prospect, but if you don't "pony up" a comparable investment, how can your new partners trust your level of commitment? Barbara's family has considerably more money than you do, but you have the ability to show the same level of commitment. You're risking all the money you have in the world, which, relatively speaking, is more than they're willing to risk.
You're young, so you can afford to fail. In fact, failure now might serve as a valuable lesson; not giving it your all would be the mistake. So, in addition to the long hours and hard work you need to devote to your new project, the dollar investment is crucial.
Find the Perfect Space
Even though you're still in the preliminary stages, it's never too early to start looking for the perfect space for your new spa. In fact, when you find the right space, it may inspire you to flesh out parts of your spa dream that weren't quite solid. You and Barbara should both be cruising around, looking for the right place: the place you can fall in love with; the place that will house your dream. Try to let something sneak up and surprise you. Look into properties that seem completely off the wall; walk into them, and see if something gels. You are now officially on the hunt for your future. It is hidden in a building or a storefront, somewhere "out there." It is being subsidized by a bank and your new partner's good faith. It is in the hearts of the hundreds of people you will, with any luck, touch in the near future - your customers-to-be.
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