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Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Code Connection: Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Part 1)
More than 45 million children ages 6-18 participate in some form of organized athletics, and 75 percent of American families with school-aged children have at least one child participating in organized sports.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
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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