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Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Industry News for
MASSAGE ENVY SPA ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF 1,200TH FRANCHISE AGREEMENT
MASSAGE ENVY SPA ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF 1,200TH FRANCHISE AGREEMENT
- Major Milestone Secures Wellness Leader’s Place in Top Percent of Largest Franchises -
Scottsdale, Ariz. (Dec. 2, 2013) – Massage Envy Spa, the pioneer and national leader of professional, convenient and affordable massage and spa services, announced today the signing of its 1,200th franchise agreement. Only 2.4 percent of franchised brands operate 1,000 or more franchised units, according to FRANdata, the franchise industry’s source for objective information and analysis. With more than 920 operating units and the signing of its 1,200th agreement, Massage Envy Spa, is well on its way to being one of the largest franchise systems in the country.
“It’s been a tremendously successful growth year for Massage Envy Spa in 2013,” said Joe Luongo, Massage Envy Spa chief operating officer. “There are thousands of franchise brands across the country, but only a small percentage ever surpasses the 1,200-unit mark. This incredible milestone is a true testament to our franchise partners and unique concept.”
The 1,200th franchise agreement was awarded to husband and wife team, Steve and Julie Kambeitz, who will open their third Massage Envy Spa in Ohio. They have been Massage Envy Spa franchise owners since 2006. They opened their first location in Powell, Ohio, in May 2007, followed by a second location shortly after in August 2007 in Dublin, Ohio. The couple has brought more than 90 jobs to their local communities and plan for continued growth with this opening in the second quarter of 2014. As members of the Dublin and Powell Chambers of Commerce, the Kambeitz’s are constantly taking advantage of opportunities to sponsor local events and charities, including donating massages and facials to various worthwhile causes.
“We’re thrilled to be the recipients of the 1,200th franchise agreement with Massage Envy Spa, as it is quite a milestone for the company,” said Julie Kambeitz. “Massage Envy Spa is an extraordinary brand, backed by a strong corporate team and a proven business model. We look forward to expanding the brand’s services and creating more jobs in the market with our third franchise location.”
With more than 920 franchise locations operating in 48 states, Massage Envy Spa is the largest system of franchised massage clinics in the nation. The Massage Envy Spa franchising system cumulatively employs more licensed/registered massage therapists than any other company in the world, with at least 21,000 therapists providing over 16 million massages a year to a total of more than 1.4 million members.
Over the next several years, Massage Envy Spa is seeking to expand across the country. To fuel this growth, the company is looking for specific franchisee candidates who have the ability and the desire to learn and follow a system that ensures value and customer satisfaction. Qualified franchisee candidates should have business sales or management experience, but do not necessarily need to have a massage therapy or spa operations background. They also should possess a minimum net worth of $500,000 and liquid assets of at least $150,000. Depending on the real estate, Massage Envy Spa franchisees can expect their initial investment to range from approximately $331,485 – $825,623, including the franchise fee.
About Massage Envy Spa
Massage Envy Spa, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor, and through its franchised locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States. The national franchise is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to members and guests with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy Spa has more than 920 franchise locations in 48 states. In addition, the average unit volume for a franchise location is $1.3 million. Through its national partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, Massage Envy Spa has raised more than $2 million in three, one-day Healing Hands for Arthritis events. The company was recently ranked #88 in Franchise Time’s Top 200, #81 in Entrepreneur’s 2013 Franchise 500 and #29 in its Fastest Growing Franchise rankings. Massage Envy Spa is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and was named a 2013 Military Friendly Franchise. For more information, visit MassageEnvy.com.
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