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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
July, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 07
By John Fanuzzi
I just finished reading an article in USA Today about the recent debut of the world's tallest roller coaster. This modern marvel is over 400 feet tall and travels at speeds up to 120 miles per hour.The creation of this spectacular "extreme" machine transformed a once-average theme park in Sandusky, Ohio into a national attraction.
It made me wonder what would constitute today's "ultimate" spa treatment. It would probably involve a lot of water pressure and a combination of hot, warm and cold temperatures. A simple, hot shower may be fine for most people - just as the standard 100-foot high, 50-mph roller coaster might provide a sufficient thrill for most "kids"; but the ultimate spa treatment would involve water, and lots of it.
About eight years ago, I built a wet room with a Vichy shower in a day spa in Bozeman, Mont. I chose the top-of-the-line Reid system because of its high performance nozzles and its Scotts' fire-hose sprayer. It was a little before its time; many spa-goers were unaware of what treatment they'd receive in addition to, or in place of, a relaxing massage. The local therapists and employees were surprised to discover they'd have to don raingear - bathing suits and clogs - just to administer the treatment. It was a spectacular way to finish up after a salt scrub, or mud or algae wrap, and was quite the buzz in a small town.
Back then, the Vichy shower was not very popular because it was a new and relatively unknown concept. It was, however, considered by those in the "know" as the most sensational, invigorating and cleansing experience one could passively experience.
Imagine: Warm water at 10 gallons a minute through seven water jets, as a combination wash-down and hydrotherapy, with an occasional cold squirt from a separate hose as a stimulator (not to mention water splashing all over the client, the shower walls and the operator), while the therapist alternately aims the Scotts' fire hose at the customer.
The installation of an "extreme" water treatment can transform the traditional and mundane water treatment into an exciting, stimulating attraction that will bring more people into your establishment.
Let's get back to reality: From the perspective of a sensual and sensational spa experience, we might consider the Vichy shower ranking at the top. From a practical point of view, however, it may not be financially feasible, unless you have a larger facility (over six treatment rooms) or it is already a widely accepted and sought-after treatment in your area, which would allow you to command a higher ticket price. If you choose to install one, be prepared to spend some big bucks for the room alone; that is, if you don't want to deal with the expense of constructing additional showers and dressing rooms.
"Ultimate Extreme" Vichy shower treatments will generate a stiffer fee than a standard massage; but the cost for each treatment will be correspondingly higher, also. Here's why:
If you want to keep it simple, but still want to qualify as having a "spa treatment," get a containment-wet table with a hand held wash down. You'll still need a drain, but then you can officially be called a spa. If you want to move your clients up to a basic Vichy shower, you can provide a low-pressure system with an optional hood.
If you want to give your clients the exhilaration of an extreme wet room - an exciting journey in the ultimate hydro machine - you must pay the price, including the therapist getting soaked!
Choose the ride you want to give your customer!
Click here for previous articles by John Fanuzzi.
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