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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Industry News for
Massage Envy Ranks 64th on Franchise 500 List; Dallas/Fort Worth Centers Rack Up Record Sales in 2010
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX -- Mar 22, 2011 / Massage Envy continues to climb the rankings on Entrepreneur magazine's 2011 Franchise 500 list. The company ranked 64th overall (up from 88th last year) and 49th in the fastest growing franchise category.
There are 27 Dallas/Ft. Worth area locations, including four centers owned by Massage Envy's Franchisee of the Year. In the last year, DFW area centers,
"Our DFW sales were huge -- a record last year," says Lance O'Pry, Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Developer for Massage Envy. "Due to the success of our core services, we have added additional services, for example aromatherapy massage and deep heat muscle therapy. And we continue to hire across the region - managers, front desk, and licensed massage therapists."
While the strength of the Massage Envy franchise appears to contrast sharply with the lingering economic malaise in the U.S., some economy-related stressors have actually boosted Massage Envy's appeal.
For example, stress-inducing job uncertainty and anxiety over making ends meet have caused many Americans to include low-cost therapeutic massage as an essential routine for staying well.
Additionally, more companies are including therapeutic massage in their wellness programs as a cost-effective way to increase employee health, productivity, problem solving, creative thinking and job satisfaction.
Scientific research shows that therapeutic massage relieves stress, boosts the immune system, promotes physical well-being and even improves mental outlook -- all of which can lower health care costs for companies.
"The strength of the enterprise nationwide and especially here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area illustrates the importance of therapeutic massage and the Massage Envy franchise model in today's economy," says Mr. O'Pry.. "We are very excited about the continued growth of the franchise -- including plans for a new center in Corinth, Texas this Spring. Accompanying our business growth is a strong demand for therapists. Massage therapy is a growing profession that offers flexibility, good pay and an opportunity to help others that many young people should consider as they think about their futures."
Entrepreneur magazine's annual rankings are based on analysis of the financial strength, size, business stability and growth of franchise companies.
Massage Envy is open in 42 states, with 638 centers nationwide and 27 locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The company was recently named a top AllBusiness (a D&B company) AllStar Franchise, and is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA).
At Massage Envy, an introductory one-hour massage session (a 50-minute massage and time for consultation and dressing) is just $49. Memberships are available for $59 per month and include a one-hour massage session. Members can enjoy unlimited additional one-hour massage sessions at the $39 member rate.
Massage Envy in Texas and throughout the country has helped popularize massage. Americans visit massage therapists approximately 140 million times a year. The percentage of Americans using massage therapists has more than doubled since 1997.
Log on to www.massageenvy.com to find the nearest Massage Envy center. All centers are open seven days a week.
Massage Envy - Dallas/Fort Worth Locations