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Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
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).