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There Are No Secrets: Treating Complicated Conditions with TCM
Including standardized extra points, there are just over 400 acupuncture points on the body. You get 400 and I get 400 - same. Yet, time and time again treatment protocols are coveted as if they were some secret formula only intended for the right and privileged.
The Potter's Wheel: Reflections on Practicing in a Technology-Driven World
In my very early years of practice, an older patient named Cora would call me at home, usually late Sunday night after she had consumed an unknown quantity of beer.
Going Shoeless: The Pros & Cons of Barefoot Running
With the subculture of barefoot runners and the products catering to them growing daily, just about every chiropractor has been asked at one point or another about their opinion regarding barefoot running.
Let's face it – patient evaluation takes time. Unless you are really into the diagnostic evaluation game, you probably have found the formal exam protocol tedious if not downright annoying.
Are They Finally Fixing Medicare Reimbursement?
Even with federal sequestration cuts taking effect in March, including a 2 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursement to health care providers, hope may be on the horizon in the form of a much-anticipated, perpetually suggested overhaul of Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate formula, which serves as the basis for determining physician reimbursement.
Helping Patients Through Pregnancy Loss
There is a lot of focus in the acupuncture world on fertility and helping women get pregnant. It's exhilarating to hear the news that a patient is expecting a baby. The other side of that is pregnancy loss. That includes abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth.
Happenings in Our Evolving Profession
Good things seem to be happening for our profession and recent developments show we are all on board. Talking about being on board, this September The Veterans Express-Purple Heart Tour is expected to make its way out of the station.
Energy is a hot commodity. Society pays dearly for it and for the expertise of those who know how to cultivate it.
Helping Infertility Patients with the Spirit Essence
As many of you know, when it comes to treating infertility, we are dealing with a patient population that is, generally speaking, in emotional turmoil. These patients often experience fear, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, grief and anger.
Research Abstracts From the Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics
Effect of Pain Relief on Lumbar Muscle Function and Activation; Effects of Thrust Amplitude and Duration of HVLA Spinal Manipulation; Immediate Effects of Upper Thoracic Manipulation on Cardiovascular Response.
Some Thoughts on the TMJ
The temporomandibular joint is an interesting and dynamic articulation that can cause a lot of problems.
Chiropractic: The Right Choice for Relieving LBP
"Low back pain (LBP) is a common threat to medicine and a reasonable threat to all national health care systems. ... Reducing ineffective treatments is necessary to decrease the LBP associated costs."
Economics of Complementary/Integrative Care
Although this column doesn't usually feature a book review, we're going outside of our usual public health format to discuss a new book written by Patricia Herman ND, PhD.
Herbal Medicine: Go Mainstream
When it comes to practicing herbal medicine in a mainstream setting, there are a number of important points to understand when it comes to prescribing formulas. Some important questions to ask are - what method of prescribing and dispensing is most effective in this setting?
Correcting Kid Logic in Health Care and Research Design
A recent broadcast on public radio described a fascinating phenomenon known as kid logic.
What They Don't Say Could Hurt You
I have written previously regarding the difficulties of drawing information from patients who are poor historians, forgetful or just plain uncooperative. The thought to revisit the topic occurred recently during preparation for an upcoming seminar.
Side Effects From Big Pharma: Wellbutrin – Dangerous for You and Your Baby
Are some of your pregnant patients taking Wellbutrin? If so, it could be a danger to them and their baby. This drug is extremely popular, but it has a serious history.
A Building Block of Healthy Aging
Coenzyme Q10 has gained enormous attention in recent years, and with good reason —it's the Energizer Bunny of the cellular world.
Have a Heart: Say No to Soda
It's not enough that soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages have been linked to cavities and weight gain, among other negative health consequences.
We Get Letters & E-Mail
Patient Perception and the Farce of "Fast Relief"; A Fly in the Ointment; Persecuted for Choosing to Practice Chiropractic.
What the Science Says About Magnesium Stearate
It's often been said that scientific studies can be used to support just about anything. But discoveries are never made one study at a time.
News in Brief
Controversial Florida PIP Law Under Review; D'Youville Chiro. Students Learning Art of Co-Managing; And the Award Goes To...; F4CP Recognizes Major Contribution by ChiroTouch.
Medicine Presents: A Great Opportunity
The changing nature of health care presents both opportunities and challenges. While we tend to focus on our profession, we can sometimes forget the impact other health care professions can have on us.
Peer Points: Stories of Practice Success
When patients go see Arizona-based acupuncturist Jing Liu, it is to get top care from an practitioner well versed in all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The Spirits of the Points: The Gall Bladder Official
The Gall Bladder is known as The Official of Decision Making and Judgment. In any given day, this Official makes countless decisions – conscious and unconscious, which influence every aspect of our being.
You are What You Eat Part II: Integrative Protocols
In the previous installment of this article I discussed important ideas concerning gastrointestinal health and foundational ideas from TCM, which can provide key insights into creating effective protocols for healing the gut.
Why You Should Get to Know the National Vaccine Information Center
Barbara Loe Fisher has been a diligent advocate for providing parents with the information necessary to make informed decisions regarding the usage of vaccinations for their children.
Remembering Joe Weider (1920-2013)
With the death of Joe Weider, the world's most famous body-building visionary, crusader, fitness magazine publisher and icon, on March 23, 2013, chiropractic has lost one of its greatest friends and supporters.
June, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 06
By Steve Capellini, LMT
Author's note: The Spa Letters column features news, personality profiles, trends and plenty of professional possibilities for LMTs in the spa industry. The style is epistolary, meaning the articles are letters to a fictional massage therapist friend of the author.
One month to go 'till your grand opening! In just four short weeks, you are going to have The Spa House Day Spa up and running.Your staff is in place, the facility is looking good, and you have your job descriptions and operational manual in place; now comes that nail-biting interlude of anticipation mixed with dread. "I've done everything in my power," you're probably thinking. "Now, this is out of my hands. Luck and fate will decide how the grand opening is going to be. I wish I had more control!"
Well, Lou, you're at least partially right. There seems to be a kind of magic that allows one to business take off, while others stagnate. This is perhaps more true for the spa business than others. In the spa business, you're selling yourself, your concept, your touch, your vision - the product is you. In a sense, you've done everything you can do and become everything you can be. However, there is still one thing you can do; one thing that there is never too much of in this world that will be certain to give you the absolute best chance for a dynamite, successful grand opening: a party.
That's right, Lou-- It's time to get down and boogie! I'm talking about an all-out, everybody-in-town's-talking-about-it kind of affair. I'm talking about media hoopla -- in short -- marketing. Of course, I'm being a little tongue-in-cheek. There's more to marketing than party planning; however, at this particular stage of your spa's incarnation, nothing else is as important.
So, how do you go about planning this shindig? Now is the time to enlist the full efforts of the spa consultant you hired and work closely to create an event that will get The Spa House off to a great start. First, you want to get the local media to the event by creating some unique and enticing invitations. Physical invitations make a big difference. Editors, freelancers and columnists get a barrage of invitations to all kinds of events, and they know how the game is played: They're "wined and dined" in exchange for positive press. So, let them know you value their time, expertise and influence by using creativity on the invitations. Create something eye-catching and relevant.
How about a miniature dollhouse with a custom, hand-painted miniature sign says "Welcome To The Spa House"? This would tie in with the children's art hanging on your walls. Inside the dollhouse (stuck in a window?) you could have a little invitation inviting them to free treatments that afternoon before the reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony that evening.
Call your consultant and get her involved. I'm sure she'll come up with many more ideas. How about enlisting the help of some local businesses? You could broker a trade with a local caterer or restaurant and swap food for spa treatments or invite the owners of the toy store where you buy the dollhouses, and tie in the children's charity you've chosen to benefit. Create a compelling story through this party and its impact will continue for a long time to come. In the meantime, what else could you be doing to market The Spa House?
As you know, I'm a big proponent of the Internet as a tool for spa success. As you approach the opening of The Spa House, it will serve you well to have your Web site up and running so you can support the business that starts pouring through your doors. Your Internet presence will serve as an information resource regarding your spa. People will get a feeling for your facility before they arrive, and their questions will be answered so you won't tie up your receptionist's valuable time on the phone. You'll be able to tie your marketing efforts together in one central location, creating links (both virtual and actual) with the charities you support, the community you serve, and the vendors and service providers you work with. I suggest finding a webmaster you trust and hand the work over. You've got too much on your plate right now to try and learn Web design!
And speaking of having too much work on your hands, here's one more piece of advice, friend-to-friend. Now that you're in a personal relationship with your business partner, Barbara, there is bound to be some additional stress during this hectic time as the spa is about to open. Try and give her some extra slack in the relationship department. This has to be unilateral, I suppose, because you can't control what she does or says, but you can control what you do and say. The next month is a time for letting things slide: a time for not sweating the small stuff and for acceptance and appreciation, rather than judgment. The challenges of owning a business together with a life-partner will be difficult enough over the long haul. Try to make this party into a time of real celebration. I'm looking forward to hearing how the grand opening goes. Wish I could be there!
Until next time,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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