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The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
June, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 06
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.
So, you're on the hunt for your new spa location, and you're trying to come up with a name that will catch the public's interest and broadcast your spa's true mission at the same time. It's a time of excitement and pandemonium! You haven't been this excited about creating something since your 6th-grade science project.
The more focused and forward-thinking you are at this early stage, the better the finished product will turn out. It's extremely important to take your time, step back, take stock of the overall situation, and formulate your plan of attack.
In the case of a new spa, the plan of attack is also called the "business plan." If you don't have one, you're sunk before your ship of dreams even drifts away from the dock. So, let's begin by talking about that plan of yours.
Care and Feeding for Your Business Plan
In your case, it's true that your partner Barbara has more (much more) capital to invest in your spa project than you do, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't become intimately familiar with every aspect of the business plan, including the financial health of the fledgling enterprise. The $10,000 you've pitched in is no meager sum, especially since it represents over 90 percent of your life savings.
Barbara was fortunate enough to have a corporate lawyer in the family, who drew up a business plan with your help. If you didn't have this family connection to fall back on, it might have been tempting to forego the business-plan idea altogether. I mean, why bother with all that paperwork? You don't need to attract outside investors at this point. You're thinking that what really counts is the logo; color scheme; name; location; and stuff like that. Right, Lou?
There are several good reasons to have a business plan before you take another step toward creating your spa. The plan will solidify what exactly you're attempting to create. Refining the details of capital investment; management structure; client demographics; marketing plans; and expense budgets will allow you to see your business existing in the "real world."
Do yourself a favor: Spend some time getting to know each and every detail of that plan the lawyer created. Although you're a "right-brained" therapist with little interest in such matters, you need to know and care about what it says for the spa to be a success right from the start.
It might be a good idea to get to know the general structure of business plans more intimately; this will help familiarize you with what business is all about - a must for nonbusiness types such as yourself. Go to amazon.com, or any other book-related Web site, and type in "business plans"; you'll find a load of books on the subject. Have you thought about taking a class at the local community college on business management? You are, after all, going into business. I've seen too many spa owners disregard this obvious fact since opening a spa seems more like a healing vision than a nuts-and-bolts reality. Do yourself a favor: Get real and study up.
As you're boning up on business practices, you also are out scouting your spa's perfect location. It's fun and spiritual putting the soul of your idea into the body of a building and giving birth to a being, not just a business.
You've told me about three possibilities that have intrigued you and Barbara so far: an old house downtown; a storefront in a busy mall; and half a floor in a medical office building. As is often the case, there are pros and cons to each option:
You're probably familiar with the saying that the three most important things in business are location, location, location. That's partially true, but what that axiom fails to emphasize is there's more involved than the GPS coordinates of the building you're considering. There's something else going on, too; it's called "energy."
I know it's weird, and some massage therapists are already marginalized for couching things in "new-agey" terms, but I truly believe that below the surface, energy levels are a factor to business locations.
Some locations can't generate successful business, no matter who or what goes in there. Even the best businesses can't succeed in a "jinxed" location. Potential customers just seem to pass it by, as if there were an invisible gate blocking the entrance. You know the spots - those spaces where one business after another has come and gone over and over again. Of course, you're not a native of your new city, and so you don't know about the history of each site; but Barbara does. You can also ask local residents or look up county business records.
In addition to practical considerations such as lease terms, the amount of rent you'll be paying, zoning rules, etc., it would be wise to look into the background "energy" of the structure. Who has been in there? Why did they leave? What is the gestalt of this old home you're considering? What types of clientele frequent the mall in which the storefront is located?
I have a friend and former student who settled on an old home, similar to the one you're considering. It's on the main street in the busy tourist town of Provincetown, Cape Cod. She faced a lot of challenges restoring a 150-year-old building, but she made the right choice. The building had never been used for a business, so she created her own energy there, and it worked. She's now opening a second location.
You can tell I'm leaning toward the old house downtown, can't you? Don't let that influence you too much. You and Barbara need to figure things out gradually, in your own time. The next time I have the chance to write, I'll give you some ideas regarding two other hot topics that are surely burning in your brain about now: your new spa's name and its mission.
Until then, take care.
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