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Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
Learning the Transformative Language of the Channel System: The Sinew Channels
The Chinese medical classics describe the energetic terrain of the body in much detail. The acupuncture channel systems, as presented in the Ling Shu illustrate the various expressions our qi energy can take.
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
Preaching to the Choir: How to Extend Our Reach Beyond the CAM Community
Professional conferences offer unique opportunities to network, be exposed to cutting-edge innovators, share your interests and work, and be inspired.
Acupuncture Treatment of Trauma in the Canine
From 1972 until 1976, John Ottaviano and I were treating dogs at five different veterinary clinics in the Los Angeles county area. Usually, we were at a clinic for seven to eight hours.
An Unexpected Superfood: All About Eggs
About 40 years ago, excessive dietary cholesterol was labeled a public health concern. Specifically, it was thought that there was a causal link between consumption of cholesterol-laden foods and increased risk of heart disease.
Patient Retention Techniques
When talking about techniques to grow your business, we tend to focus on the "large" aspect of the patient base, that is, on strategies to attract new patients. However, it is important to remember that "loyal" is equally, if not more, important.
Healing the Core: AWB Nepal Earthquake Relief Project
With almost 9,000 people killed during the earthquakes in April and May, another 23,000 suffering injuries, hundreds of thousands left homeless when entire villages collapsed, and many sacred sites destroyed, no one in this country of approximately 28 million has been left untouched by the disaster.
What to do When Today Sucks
Have you ever had one of those days when nothing went the way it should have? The patient with migraines got worse instead of better from a treatment similar to one you've effectively used on him before.
ASA Ready to Impact Profession
The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) is a 501(c)6 (pending), not-for-profit collaboration among state based, acupuncturist professional associations.
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 1
All humans, by the very nature of being human, will experience moments of trauma and suffering. What, then, makes the difference in how the individual who experiences trauma, suffering, and spiritual loss reacts to such experiences?
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
Online Marketing Basics: Website Creation
The various online marketing options make it a challenge, especially when all you want to do is help your patients feel better. With such a broad topic, I'm going to share some basics you should know about website creation.
A War You Can Help Patients Win
The average American consumes approximately 60 percent of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils. A donut is a good example of a so-called "food" that represents these calorie sources.
Exercise Recommendations for Healthy Aging
Aging is inevitable, but how you age is not. Common physical signs of aging include decreased muscle mass, decreased muscular power, increased body fat, and decreased aerobic (lung) capacity.
It's Time to Wake Up
It is time for this profession to wake up and tell someone about the healing benefits of acupuncture. This is the time for Asian Medicine. Its popularity, growth and unusual acceptance is nothing short of amazing.
Relationship Marketing: A Modern Approach
Remember when you used to get real letters in the mail? Not the automated type, but the real deal, hand written with a personal message just because someone was thinking about you? You know what I'm talking about.
The Ethics of Herbal Prescribing
While teaching ethics classes, I often encounter licensed acupuncturists who are surprised that our use of herbs and supplements has a specific section in the material. It is often an aspect within ethics that clinicians don't think of in practice.
Teaching Qi Gong to Children
Many of us have come to embrace Qi Gong or Tai Chi practice as a regular part of our lives. Qi Gong has been a stabilizing factor in my life for the last twenty years.
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
Fish Oil: A Key Component to Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
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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