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Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Industry News for
Massage Heights Announces New Chairman of the Board of Managers
Massage Heights, a family-owned wellness franchise with 109 locations across the U.S. and Canada, announced today that David Humphrey, a prominent franchise industry consultant and the former CEO of Massage Envy Spa, has joined Massage Heights as Chairman of the Board of Managers. Humphrey will help guide the accelerating growth of Massage Heights as it enhances and expands its service offerings throughout the United States and Canada while also preparing for a wider international rollout.
Through his investment and advisory services firm, DTH Capital Ventures, Humphrey has consulted with a wide variety of franchise companies, large and small, and worked closely with several private equity firms that invest in the franchise industry. “I know what it takes to build a great franchise brand,” Humphrey said, “and I see all the ingredients for breakthrough success in Massage Heights. They combine a great business concept with caring family ownership to deliver exceptional support to their franchisees. And their franchisees become true Strategic-partners, and deliver an extraordinary wellness experience to the Members they serve in their body + face Retreats.”
Massage Heights also announced the elevation of Shane Evans, currently acting as Vice President to the role of President while also maintaining her additional role of Chief Operating Officer. In her new position, Evans will now be fully responsible for managing all aspects of the day-to-day operations and leading the franchise network, allowing CEO Glenn Franson to devote more of his time to strategic ventures currently in development.
“As the head of a large and growing family business, I want to combine the values and personal touch of committed family ownership with the expertise of leading franchise and wellness-industry professionals,” said Glenn Franson, Massage Heights CEO. “Welcoming David Humphrey to our team alongside myself, Shane Evans as President and COO and Wayne Evans our Founder, we will truly combine the best of both worlds.”
“We are already growing dramatically, with 30 new Retreats in development and 75 new locations projected to open this year,” Shane Evans added. “We just celebrated our tenth anniversary of making therapeutic massage and skin care services affordable and convenient for people from all walks of life, and we continue to be inspired by the opportunity to help our franchisees build great businesses and elevate our Guests’ lives every day.”
Massage Heights Founder Wayne Evans concluded: “Joining forces with David Humphrey will help us move ahead even further and faster in our rapidly growing industry.”
Massage Heights offers a variety of custom massage modalities, including Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports Therapy, Prenatal and Reflexology, as well as custom dermalogica® skin treatments, including Anti-Aging, Sensitive Skin, Clear Skin and Brightening. Therapeutic experience-enhancing add-on services called “Elevations” include a Reviving Foot Scrub, Revitalizing Face Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, Active Therapy, Skin Enriching, Skin Refining, Skin Purifying and all-natural aromatherapy. For more information on Massage Heights please visit www.massageheights.com and www.facebook.com/MassageHeights, and follow on Twitter @Massage_Hghts.
Founded in San Antonio, Texas, in 2004, Massage Heights is a family owned franchise massage and skin therapy company built on a membership model that makes regular massage and skin therapy affordable, while still providing the personal service available at a five-star resort. The company’s mission is to help people incorporate convenient, high-quality, therapeutic massages and facials into their lives so that they can elevate the everyday and enhance their physical and emotional wellness. In an exploding industry, the company has more than 100 operating franchise locations in the United States and Canada and plans to open a total of 1,200 locations within the next five years. The company was featured on the CBS hit reality series Undercover Boss in December 2013, was ranked 33rd Top Franchise to own in 2013 by Franchise Business Review, ranked 259 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2014, in Franchise Times’ Next 300 list for 2013, cited in USA Today Top Franchise for Minorities for 2013, recognized in Franchise Times as one of the smartest growing companies in franchising for 2014, and is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA).