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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.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
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.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 02
Pursuing Your Intentions Through Spa Treatments
By Stephanie Beck
In the January issue of Massage Today, Lynn Biscoe, from Spa Balinesia, touched on the subject for this issue: "Every Massage Therapist new to the spa environment should know the vision and intention of all services offered" How can you discuss the benefits of spa treatments unless you have a clear understanding of the vision and intention of your services?
Define What You Are
What kind of business do you want to be? What is your company's brand? What is your company's culture? Everything about your business should embody your intentions as much as possible.That is why it is vital - whether you have a staff of 20 or a staff of one - that they receive the proper training. They must have the knowledge and understanding to the benefits of your treatments and how they relate to the intentions of your company. Every "team member" has to be fully aware of your game plan, and that includes every product and service offered.
Set Goals to Achieve Your Brand
Set goals for your company, business and staff. If you hire staff, make sure they have the same values and receive all the necessary training. Also, your Spa Distributor Rep should be responsible for supplying the necessary education on product ingredients, benefits, protocols, etc. You need to be accountable and ensure everyone adheres to the vision and intention once it has been defined. Some of the goals you might want to consider including are to always recommend appropriate home care products to the client, weekly training and education to ensure all staff members are aware of the benefits of the treatments, or quarterly protocol and product evaluations for every staff member.
Good for You, Good for Your Clients
Giving a massage can be taxing on the body of the therapist. Even with the proper body mechanics, it takes a lot of energy. Thus, it makes sense to keep an open mind to new techniques and services that benefit both you and your clients and might be achieved without a massage.
Scrubs and polishes are some of those procedures that allow for just that: less wear and tear on the therapist, but the same favorable impact on the client. All scrubs and polishes can be performed in half the time of an hour massage and are less strenuous on the body - plus, you still can charge as much as an hour-long massage. All wraps - whether you are working with clay, seaweed, herbals or aromatherapy - still take up to an hour, but without all the taxing requirements on your body.
It makes sense to expand your services to retain clients and gain new ones. Because each client's needs vary, it's crucial to understand what those customers' needs are and which products address those needs. Research the spa treatments you are considering and discover how they will best support your company's brand and identity.
Fitting the Budget
Chances are you might not be flush with capital, so it's time to talk budgets. Speaking from experience, budgets are most helpful in guiding you to the appropriate products for your business. When you apply your vision (intentions and brand) with your budget, it's easier to know what product lines are feasible.
Communicating your game plan to your vendors allows them to assist you in making the right choices. Your budget might be limited to crock pots and Spa Thermal Units, instead of Hot Towel Cabinets and treatment bars. Or, you might need the standard white cotton robes instead of the Customized Micro-fiber robes in three colors and six sizes. Whether you have one room or a 17 room facility, it's still possible to offer a professional environment without sending you into bankruptcy. Plan your work and work your plan.
Go Have Fun Out There!
And let's not forget one of the main benefits of offering body treatments: It's fun to learn new things! It's rewarding to provide options that allow your clients to achieve their goals - lasting ones clients can feel good about after they leave your establishment.
If you have any questions or need assistance with your vision, intension or brand, drop me an e-mail and I will be happy to help. And remember to keep striving to make your dreams a reality!
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