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The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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)