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Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
July, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 07
Wellness Company Acquires Massage Envy
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
Massage Envy, the largest employer of licensed massage therapists in the U.S., has been acquired by Veria, a natural health and wellness company based in Arlington, Texas.
Veria was founded in 2007 and encompasses a variety of wellness products, services and expert advice through local wellness centers, a Web site and television programming on the DISH Network.
The acquisition seems to underscore the growth trend the massage industry has enjoyed in recent years. Massage Envy arrived on the massage scene in 2002, and has grown to 420 clinics operating in 36 states. The company also has another 350 clinics already in development. Massage Envy is not only the largest employer of massage professionals, but also is investing in the future of the massage industry, as evidenced by a recent $20,000 donation to the Massage Therapy Foundation.
According to Veria President and new Massage Envy CEO David Humphrey, Veria has no plans to change the model of success Massage Envy has achieved. "Massage Envy is a tremendous success story. We have no plans to change its fundamental concept. Massage Envy will remain a distinct business and will continue to offer the same massage services that have made the company so popular with millions of Americans. The identities of Veria Wellness Centers and Massage Envy clinics will remain separate. This is true for both current and planned Massage Envy clinics."
"Massage Envy will help more than one million Americans this year relieve stress, work out everyday aches and pains and relax," said former CEO and Massage Envy founder John Leonesio. "Veria's fast-paced growth, focus on natural wellness and integrated lifestyle business model can perfectly complement and accelerate our own rapid expansion. I'm convinced Veria's contributions will take Massage Envy and its franchise network to an even higher level of success."
The first Veria Wellness Center opened in October 2007 in Plano, Texas, and a second center opened in Arlington earlier this year. A third center opened last month in Bethesda, Md. The company plans to open future locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., San Francisco, and Scarsdale, N.Y. "Veria Wellness Centers offer an inviting atmosphere for wellness-minded consumers and features a complete range of products and services that are designed to help them look, feel and live better - from relaxing spa treatments and natural beauty care products to nutritional supplements and organic fiber clothing," said Humphrey.
How will Veria incorporate its philosophy into Massage Envy's existing model? "We definitely see opportunities to incorporate Veria TV into the Massage Envy community. In addition, we'll look for opportunities to provide Massage Envy franchisees with our exceptional range of natural health and wellness products."
Veria Wellness Centers offer a wide range of massage treatments including deep-tissue massage, foot massage, pregnancy massage, sage-stone massage, an ayurvedic head-and-foot treatment, a thermal back treatment, a dosha balancing treatment and various facials, among other offerings. The wellness centers also offer classes with topics ranging from aromatherapy and meditation to nutrition and stress reduction to exercise classes covering Pilates, tai chi and yoga.
"Veria is committed to promoting total well-being that encompasses physical and emotional health for those in pursuit of a healthier, happier and longer life, and therapeutic massage is certainly a core component of that," Humphrey said. "Since Massage Envy is America's leading provider of therapeutic massage services and is at the forefront of the industry's growth, it was a natural fit for our business."
Humphrey envisions a match made in heaven between massage and wellness, and sees Massage Envy as a critical component to future success. "The company has a tremendous network of clinic staff, franchisees and regional developers, and an experienced management team. Together we plan to help consumers understand the benefits of massage as it relates to improved health and wellness."
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