Time-Saving Tips for Your Practice & Life
Of all the finite resources we possess, perhaps the most valuable one is time. There never seems to be enough time to accomplish everything that must be done, and all too often we sacrifice things in our personal life to meet the demands of our practice.
A Historic First for Chiropractic Assistants
The New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners will begin issuing licenses as early as Nov. 1, 2018 to chiropractic assistants who have undergone a 500-hour training course and passed a competency exam.
Multichannel Access: Software for a Better Customer Experience
It is no secret that today's consumer has high expectations when it comes to how and when they can contact a business. In fact, one of the reasons clinic management software has become so popular with acupuncture practitioners is they allows customers to book appointments and make payments online day or night.
The Benefits of Going Paperless
The benefits of going paperless in your practice are profound. If you haven't done it yet, here's why you should.
Support Patients With Multi-Channel Customer Service
It's no secret that today's consumers have high expectations when it comes to how and when they can contact a business. In fact, one of the reasons clinic management software has become so popular is that they allow patients to book appointments and make payments online day or night.
Bringing Acupuncture to Ohio
The jolt of seeing a woman conscious and talking during surgery left a lasting impression in 1971 when acupuncture was on the national news.
UHC Up to Its Old Tricks With Latest Headache Policy
A decade ago, UnitedHealthcare announced changes to its chiropractic services policy that declared manipulative therapy for headache unproven and ineligible for reimbursement.
Neck Pain: Activation Exercises
In observing patients and studying rehab, I have learned that tight muscles are weak muscles and that stretching is sometimes less effective than muscular activation. There is a delicate balance between joints that move too little and joints that are hypermobile.
X-Ray: To Be or Not to Be - That Is the Question
For the past year, I have been asked by many practicing chiropractors, college presidents, faculty and others what my opinion is on the "Choosing Wisely" guidelines the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recently adopted for its members.
The Science Behind the Efficacy of Cosmetic Acupuncture
The beauty industry continues to boom and grow constantly, from topical creams, lotions and potions all the way to cutting edge cosmetic surgeries.
Food for Thought: An Examination of Diet & Digestion
Even an acute poison can become an excellent drug if it is properly administered. On the other hand even a drug, if not properly administered, becomes an acute poison. — Charaka Samhita
Working for Someone Else: Know the Rules of the Game
Many of us decide to become acupuncturists because we are healers at heart and want to focus on treating patients, not because we want to own and operate a business. So we work for someone else, which can have great advantages, especially as a new graduate.
Travel-to-Treat Coverage Finally Becoming a Reality?
Long-awaited legislation poised to hit the president's desk extends liability insurance coverage from one state to another for DCs and other state-licensed health care professionals who care for athletes / athletic teams that cross state lines.
The Origin of Blood
The Roman doctor, Galen, (2nd century AD) did pivotal work to prove that blood, which he thought was produced by the liver, and the cardio vascular system existed. He conceived that the arteries and veins were two separate networks.
Depression & The Secondary Vessels
As an acupuncturist I see many people suffering from depression. I often think depression is the major imbalance of our culture. I have a patient I've been working with for several years. Her major challenge is chronic stubborn depression.
The Importance of the Scapulohumeral Rhythm
The shoulder has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. What is often overlooked in shoulder mechanics is that motion in the shoulder is not purely at the glenohumeral joint.
It's Time to Reward Yourself
An interesting study recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) confirms what we all learned when we were children – and serves as food for thought as to how you can improve your practice and your personal life.
Lead Patients to the Fountain (and Foundation) of Youth
We're all seeking the fountain of youth and marketers are capitalizing on it. (Global demand for anti-aging products, treatments and services was valued at 140.3 billion in 2015, according to Zion Market Research.)
Your First Impression Always Deserves a Second Chance
Doctor, have you ever had a patient you just couldn't "warm up to"? You know, the kind of patient who "irks" you, who has a hidden agenda to get something you haven't anticipated, perhaps causing you to want to hide in a closet when they come in for treatment.
That's a Wrap: Compression Bands for Contemporary DCs
Over the past decade, compression bands have been increasingly utilized in trainer and manual therapy offices. I was first introduced to the compression band by Kelley Starrett, author of Becoming a Supple Leopard, and have since been using it as a teaching tool.
Chiropractic Management of Patellofemoral Arthralgia
Patient reports with pain in the front part of her right knee, especially during and after her weekly Zumba class. She states there has been no injury of which she is aware. No outward sign of injury is observed.
Vaccine Injury? The Autism Debate (Part 2)
As suggested in my first article on this topic [August 2018],1 my impression is that the vaccine authoritarians and radicals have not helped to mold a proper social / political environment for addressing the issue of vaccine injury.
Easy, Inexpensive Tools for a Successful Practice (I Promise)
Successful practitioners are the ones who know how to run a business, first and foremost. I became a licensed acupuncturist in 2006. After having worked in chiropractor's offices for nine years, I opened my own office in 2015: four treatment rooms, a back office and a waiting room.
The international standardization conference was held this year in Shanghai, China (June) - this was the ninth plenary session. Meetings for technical committees, or working groups also took place at the conference.
A New NCCIH Director ... One That Backs Acupuncture
The third time is a charm—the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced it's newest director, Dr. Helene Langevin.
An Update From the Acupuncture Now Foundation
Since launching the Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF), our volunteer leadership has continued to work to achieve our vision of "Creating a World Where the Benefits of Acupuncture are Known and Available to All.
"Don't Crack My Neck": What Do You Do Next?
It's Monday morning and your first new patient of the day, a 35-year-old female, presents with chronic headaches and neck pain. The patient was referred by her primary care provider for evaluation and management without the use of cervical manipulation.
Possession: Blocks to Healing
Before we can approach treatment of a patient's primary elemental imbalance (AKA "Causative Factor" or "CF"), a number of specific energetic blocks must be considered and, if present, removed in order for treatment to be effective. I cannot emphasize this enough.
November, 2015, Vol. 15, Issue 11
The New Little Black Dress: How to Incorporate Himalayan Salt into Your Practice
By Ann Brown, LMT
Salt therapy has been around for thousands of years, but not until recently has the spa industry started to embrace its use and incorporate Himalayan salt into their treatments — and for good reason.Himalayan salt has a variety of health benefits for both the client and practitioner.
About two years ago, I began offering Himalayan salt treatments in our spa menu and it's been a big hit. More and more clients are looking for services that go just beyond the scope of a traditional massage. They want to see immediate results and experience multiple benefits in just one treatment. Adding Himalayan salt into your offerings will give them more of what they are looking for.
Himalayan salt has 84 trace minerals, and depending on how it's applied, those minerals absorb into the skin balancing the body's PH, aiding proper metabolism, helping with gastrointestinal issues, improving circulation and respiratory issues, and many other health benefits.
Spa Nordstrom recently introduced Himalayan salt stone massage in all of their locations in the United States. They not only added Himalayan salt stone massage, but also have been very successful adding Himalayan salt stone massage as an add-on to any type of traditional massage (Swedish, Deep Tissue). Spa directors across the country are raving over the therapeutic benefits, quality and are receiving positive feedback from clients. According to Leo Tonkin, co-founder of the Salt Therapy Association, the health benefits of salt therapy are really being recognized in the United States and the industry is growing at a rapid pace.
The types of Himalayan products and services available range in price, but there's plenty to choose from so you can expand upon the services you offer. Here are a few ways you can incorporate Himalayan salt into your business.
Himalayan Salt Scrub
Salt scrubs can be incorporated into any body treatment including pedicures, a facial and body exfoliation. The abrasive action of the salt will help exfoliate and improve circulation, giving the skin a natural glow. We've added a detoxifying wrap that includes massaging the salts into the body and following it up by wrapping the client into a heated infrared blanket to further assist the absorption of the salts. Clients get additional heat to allow the organic trace minerals to penetrate into the skin and body which, in turn, allows their body to rest, repair and relax.
These warm, smooth slabs of salt are a great addition to manicure stations and relaxation areas in resort/day and destination spas. It's a soothing way to warm your feet or hands, grounds the client, releases negative ions in the air, and can serve as a lamp when it's not in use.
Himalayan Salt Stone Massage
Spas have been offering hot stone massage for years but we have been using handcrafted Himalayan salt stones in replace of the traditional stones. A new technology "green" warmer heats the stones to 115-130 degrees, does not need water, uses only 100 watts of power and LED lights, and does not produce an electromagnetic field. By adding Himalayan salt to a full-body massage, clients get additional heat to allow the organic trace minerals to penetrate into the skin and body, which in turn balances the client's central nervous system. Best of all, the therapist gets benefits from holding the Himalayan salt stones while performing the massage.
A Himalayan salt and water mixture (sole) is known to improve energy and circulation, balance the body's PH, help with skin conditions, regulate sleep and balance sugar levels. We offer sole after a massage, giving the client something tangible to walk away with and more for their money at little cost to you.
A 30-minute salt bath is a great way to detoxify the body. When taking a sole bath (adding two pounds of salt into a bathtub) the skin is absorbing the minerals and balancing the bio-energetic weak points, thus activating the body's energy flow. A great book on the benefits of Himalayan salt and other salts is, Water & Salt, The Essence of Life, by Dr. Barbara Hendel.
Dry salt therapy comes in many forms. Salt caves and salt rooms have been a common and natural treatment used worldwide. The use of a halo generator turns a room into an oasis helping with health issues such as respiratory problems, and skin diseases. It also provides anti-inflammatory benefits, cleans the airways and improves sleep.
The generator is easy to use, is non-toxic and self disinfecting. It uses less electricity, making it eco-friendly. Some spas charge $45 for a 15-minute session. They add decor and architectural appeal by building salt walls and having fine and coarse salt on the floors for additional benefits.
Himalayan Salt Bed
Another form of dry salt therapy, these enclosed beds offer a personal, comfortable and nurturing environment for the clients who are inhaling the air and being exposed to the salt's healing properties. These beds are easily fit in a typical size treatment room and allow the client to lie on Himalayan salt while pure sodium chloride is added to the airflow by a small halo generator that allows these tiny particles to be taken in by the lungs, benefiting the body and helping multiple ailments.
Dry Salt Sauna
Any traditional sauna can be easily converted using blocks of salt. Negative ions are emitted from the warmed salt reducing oxidation stress on the body. It's a great way to take that underutilized space and add value to the client and to add architectural/decor appeal.
Clients can easily take home a variety of stones and other retail items so they can continue their treatment after a visit to the spa. Crystal salt lamps not only provide a relaxing glow, it releases negative ions into the air. A Himalayan salt stone can be used as deodorant, to rub on the skin after a shower, put into the freezer or even heated on a burner to apply to areas of the body.
Ann Brown, a licensed massage therapist, is a member of the International Spa Association's board of directors and serves as spa director at Spa Shiki at The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Mo. She also provides management consulting services through Spa Insight Consulting.
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