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Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
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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