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Peer Points: Promoting TCM Knowledge
When Elaine Wolf Komarow, LAc, received her first acupuncture treatment in 1989, she said it changed her life. "I felt more aware, calmer, and happier. I was so fascinated by the changes that I began to learn everything I could about the underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine," said Komarow.
The Acupuncture Now Foundation: What Our Profession Needs
Although acupuncture is growing in popularity it continues to be underutilized due to misunderstandings about its true potential. Only a fraction of those who could be helped by acupuncture know enough to seek it out.
Treating Menopausal Women in Your Practice
I love what I do for a living. It's a great way to trade health for bread. And no topic of health, with the right bedside manner, is taboo.
Micro-Needle Dermal Roller Use in the Treatment Room
Recently micro-needle dermal rollers have been getting a lot of media attention. As a practitioner who specializes in acupuncture facial rejuvenation, I know that skin needling with a dermal roller (also known as collagen induction therapy), promotes the natural reproduction of collagen and elastin, making the skin feel smoother and tighter.
Drug War Rages in Wisconsin
Based on its actions over the past 15 years (review the sidebar in the app version of this article), controversy and the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association seem to go hand in hand.
Meat in the Middle
Have you ever wondered what's the truth about meat? Is it really as bad as many people think?
"Turn, Turn, Turn"
Many people are credited with saying, "If you remember the '60s, you really weren't there." Given the fact I didn't become a teenager until 1970, I actually do remember the '60s (or at least part of it). And as a child of the '60s, I was, of course, influenced by the music.
Chronic heightened emotional states create a perfect breeding ground for illness. Through my practice I noted the increasingly obvious relationship between one's mental focus on negative thinking, emotions, resistance to experiencing feelings and disease.
Treating Chronic Depression with Acupressure
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there already exists a comprehensive theory linking the body and mind.
Giving Chiropractic Some Much-Needed PR
Public relations has not always been the chiropractic profession's strong suit, a shortcoming that has subjected the profession to countless attacks on its legitimacy and seemingly perpetual confusion among the public and the health care world as to the skills and services doctors of chiropractic provide.
Acupuncture Detox as Part of Drug Rehabilitation
In the U.S., more than 2,000 alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs have added ear acupuncture to their practice. The development of the protocol was determined by Lincoln Hospital as it delivered 100 acupuncture treatments daily.
Five Element Acupuncture Can Enhance Your Practice
For eight years I have been teaching and supervising TCM students at an acupuncture college in Colorado, in Five Element acupuncture.
Capturing the Essence of Tai Chi
Over the last 12 years, I have been working on one of the few documentaries about Tai Chi. It's called The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West and it's about Cheng Man-Ching who moved to New York in the 1960s.
It Pays to be a Foodie
If there is an inner foodie in you, just waiting to burst out—this article is for you! Do you want to know how I know? I'm that girl. My middle name might as well be "Foodie." I love food! And if my patients are any indication, many of them do as well.
The Power of Mu Xiang to Treat Irritable Bowel Disease
Bloating and gas pain is something that everyone has had to deal with at one point or another; however, that's usually reserved for holiday dinners and other large gatherings.
The McGill Approach to the Lower Back (Part 1)
Stuart McGill, PhD, brings a unique combination of tools to the table. He is a scientist who also functions as a clinician. He describes himself as a medical consultant who is referred challenging patients. He is both evidence based and practical.
Chinese Medicine: The Natural Way to Children's Wellness
As a child, I did not like going to the doctor. For the most part, when I had to go I wasn't feeling good to begin with, and I was heading into a sterile environment to be awkwardly probed by a man in a white coat for a very short, impersonal period of time.
Implications of Section 2706: The Non-Discrimination Provision Survey
In late April 2014, NCCAOM diplomates received an email survey with the subject line: "End discrimination against acupuncturists" polling CAM practitioners for a Request for Information from the Department of Health and Human Services, released in mid-March.
Introduce Your Patients to Collagen Induction Therapy
Cutaneous (skin) aging generally occurs from either intrinsic or extrinsic processes. Intrinsic aging results from natural skin tissue damage and degeneration.
Following the Thinking of the Classics
I have heard about the "best time of day" to carry out certain examinations or therapies. For example, I remember making a note years ago that early morning is the best time to take someone's pulses.
Inspire Your Patients to Make Healthy Choices
Have you tried to get your patients to change their eating habits or their diet and couldn't get them to succeed? Were they confused and unsure of what the right thing was to eat? You are not alone!
Correcting Dysfunctional Movement Patterns – Is Local Treatment Enough?
It is widely believed that mechanical, non-traumatic back pain is largely related to dysfunctional or compensatory movement patterns the body has adopted over time.
The Bottom Line ... From a Surgeon Who Knows
Regardless of individual relationships between providers, there continues to be a type of Hatfield-McCoy feud between the philosophies of medicine and chiropractic, particularly when it comes to musculoskeletal ailments.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
News in Brief
Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Enrolls Second Group Member; Focus on Chiropractic Education at WFC-ACC Conference in Miami; Are You Ready for Another "Have-a-Heart" Campaign?
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)