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News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Poll Results for the following Question:
How do you find new clients?
Word of mouth
Total Respondents: 1064
Note: These comments are reproduced as written by visitors
to this Web site.
Word of mouth
Word of mouth Over 50% of our new clients are thru word-of-mouth, the next significant percentage are walk-ins (we're on a major street in a tourist town). Our ads in the yellow pages and local visitor's guide have been consistently bringing in business for over 10 years.
My yellow page ad brings in 60% of my new business, just wish I could mention more of my services.
Other I find new clients tense, tight, knotty and lumpy. ;)
Other I find new clients unruly till I get my hands on them...
Other I find my clients through all of the above resources. Even though with the economy & the competition the way it is, it's been more challenging lately.
Dallas, Houston & wherever needed.
Other my main way is providing chair massage and teaching classes on massage
Referrals from other health care professionals I tend to do a little of each, as there are many ways of getting my services marketed, and there is a time and place for each through-out the year. I even do "samples" when I am out and about.
give people gift certificates for a free one hour massage.
All of the listed choices are great ways of getting new clients. My all time favorite is the personal referral. They seem to be the most devoted clients.
Advertise and/or have Web site all of the above not one imparsal question
Referrals from other health care professionals There should be an opportunity to click on "all of the above" or an opportunity to click on each that apply. For me it was all of them and more.
Word of mouth I do not provide massage therapy per se. I refer to my self as a CranioSacral therapist and spiritual healer. I also use an off body technique called "Esoteic Healing." I have two massage therapists that I refer to my patients.
Other I use all of the techniques listed, yet I can only vote for one. Would you please record ALL choices for me?
Word of mouth I only graduated last month and already I've got regular clients (two or more sessions)! Word of mouth is working well for me. The only advertising I've done is a flyer for gift certificates. I've sold four already, so advertising works too!
Word of mouth I use all of the methods listed at times, but word of mouth continues to be my best consistent source of new clients.
Word of mouth I have spent way too much money on advertising with zero return. My practice has been built on satisfied clients telling frinds and relatives
Word of mouth Why were the answers limited to only one choice? Why not allow us to answer all the ways we market ourselves?
Why skew the answers to fit into the narrow choices we were given?
Would it not be more accurate to allow us to fully answer the question and have accurate data instead of the very narrow info you ask us to give. Bunch of hooey, you ask me.
Word of mouth I use a variety of ways to get new clients, but most come from word of mouth.
Word of mouth I live in a small town with a population of about 20,000
people. I have always heard word of mouth is the best advertising and I believe it. When my clients run into their friends and family at the grocery store , church, or at the bank, my name is brought up and I am receiving a call the next day to book a new client appointment. There are only 5 LMTs in this area so I feel lucky to have such little competition.
Other Don't forget about volunteer work! We have the Good Neighbor Health Clinic where local folks with out health insurance can receive medical care. We also have a home called Hannah House where young woman who are homeless and pregnant can find shelter and life skills. If you have similar places in your area, why don't you volunteer? You'll find the most wonderful appreciative people and have a deep sense of satisfaction. If that isn't enough, you'll make connections that lead to paying clients too. You'll love volunteering!
Advertise and/or have Web site My clients come from word of mouth, volunteer work, providing massage at local events, etc. but I also have found advertising to be very helpful. In school we were told that the newspaper wasn't very fruitful and invited "the wrong kind of clients", but that may have been because it was a city location. I live in an area where the communities are pretty inter-connected and everyone reads the local paper. I have found the paper to be useful for name and face recognition and have had a few very good clients as a result. Because the towns around me are small, there are several choice places to mount posters and business cards; Post Office board, local general store's buletin board, bank lobbys, and best of all, the three co-op supermarkets! I also have my brochures in the Woman's Resource Center as I am certified in Pregnancy Massage. And don't every worry about competition. The more of us there are the better!
Bria Singer LMT, NCTMB
(of Bria Singer Massage and Muscular Therapy)
Other we have a chair massage kiosk at our local mall where we also sell aromatherapy.Our clients use this and our office which is close by for table massage.We have been succesful for 6 years now.
Provide massage at health fairs, conventions, etc. I try to provide chair massage at health fairs and other events whenever I can to introduce an ever-widening circle of people to massage. Chair massage is less threatening to many, and chair massage clients have become full-massage clients for me. However, many of my clients have come from word-of-mouth from my wonderful current clients who are very overwhelmed with the benefits massage has brought into their lives.
Other I generally find most clients very nice and pleasant with only an occasional grouch... *:o)