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Medicine as Metaphor
The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. We study and learn the system so that when the time comes to apply it, there is a greater possibility of successfully helping others.
The Roots of TCM in Depression Treatment
In traditional Chinese medicine, there is historical precedent for the treatment of so-called "Shen" (Heart-Mind) disorder, or disorder/dysregulation of the spirit, which is also considered as distinct but not separate from the cognitive function of the brain.
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
A War You Can Help Patients Win
The average American consumes approximately 60 percent of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils. A donut is a good example of a so-called "food" that represents these calorie sources.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 3
Dr. Nguyen Nghi (NVN) was born in Vietnam and is one of the most important scholars, writers, teachers and practitioners of modern time. Many of his theories and applications are the source of modern teachers from Europe and the United States.
Online Marketing Basics: Google Ranking, Part 1
We all know there is so much opportunity with online marketing. And, let's face it, if you don't have a presence online with a website and social media, you are probably not where you want to be.
Adding Microneedling to Your Clinic for Results and Profit
Microneedling has taken the beauty world by storm over the last 10 years. Under the names dermaroller, microneedling or skin needling you will see these treatments listed in the services of nearly every fashionable beauty salon and day spa in the country.
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
Merger Creates New Model of Care
Two San Francisco powerhouses of holistic healing, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), are merging. Together they are building a visionary approach to applied integral health.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
Can Acupuncture Treat Knee Pain?
Recently, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that, "neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function" among older chronic knee pain patients.
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
The Integrative Medicine Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
The conversation is changing in the broader healthcare community with patients actually moving the discussion toward more integrative topics. Patients today want to know their options.
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
Melatonin: A Promising Natural Agent in the Prevention of ALS
A number of years ago, experimental studies suggested melatonin could block key steps in the development of Alzheimer's disease, primarily by acting as a brain antioxidant and inhibiting the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain.
The Art of Creating a Healing Space
I always advise my graduates to examine their group practice or treatment rooms with fresh eyes after they leave my CE workshops. I tell them, "Ask yourselves - is your space qi filled, welcoming and healing? Or is it cold and clinical?"
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
Colon Health and TCM
I still remember many years ago, the loud "Yuck" from my wife at the time when we were together watching the Chinese movie "Last Emperor."
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
Exploring and Learning from the Gift of Life
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to teach cadaver dissection classes and workshops with Stephen Cina at the New England School of Acupuncture over the past seven years, first through the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program and later as a NESA elective course.
February, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 02
Scottie, Beam Me Up
By Perry Isenberg
I can't wait for the phrase, "Scottie, beam me up" to have some real meaning in our lives. It would be great to have been able to be "beamed" home from the AMTA Convention in Phoenix in September 2000 instead of relying on airlines.
I fly approximately once a month, and overall consider the airlines to be "very good" business organizations.I have never been part of a company as big and complex as a major airline, and I have definitely not been responsible for the safety of millions of people each year. I suspect running an airline is an unbelievably difficult, mostly thankless job. Each day brings hundreds of problems and complaints. There are so many elements out of one's control: the weather, labor unions, airport facilities, uncooperative customers, etc.
Like everyone, I've faced departure delays for one reason or another. As a monthly traveler, I take it all in stride. I've learned not to get too upset, because it does not solve the problem and, as I've said, I think major airlines are pretty good at what they do.
That's about enough consideration and praise for the airlines, because they are, in my opinion, lousy at customer relations and customer appreciation.
Don't be fooled by mileage points, etc. One marketing department started it and the rest all followed. These programs end up costing us all money. Believe it it's true.
At this point, I will cite an example of bad customer service, in the hopes that you will incorporate the opposite into your practice.
My trip home from Phoenix involved a connection through Las Vegas back to Ft. Lauderdale. I sat in the Vegas airport for an extra hour and a half because my red-eye flight was delayed. I stayed cool, because after all, there was nothing I could do about it. Here's the rub: once in the air, they announced the showing of a movie, then walked up and down the aisle asking for $5 for the required headset. You've got to be kidding! You'd think that after a two-hour delay (for a red-eye, of all flights), someone in charge would offer the movie compliments of the airline. This particular airline scores a big fat zero with me, and I will avoid doing business with them in the future, for that very reason.
Next time you're late for a massage or you keep a client waiting in your office, do something to acknowledge the inconvenience. Give them extra time on the table, a small discount, a certificate for a free service something. Follow-up with a quick handwritten note, reiterating your apology and emphasizing how much you appreciate their business.
You may think I'm exaggerating, but I'm not. This client is worth some serious business, aside from the customers they'll refer to you. Consider a client who sees you monthly at $60 per session. $720 a year for 10 years is $7,200. Assume they'll bring at least one more client to you - add another $7,200, who also brings a client for 10 years - another $7,200. All told, the effort to keep the client is worth more than $21,000 to you.
I'm sure you can see my point. Always go out of your way to appreciate your client and never, ever take them for granted. You say you don't, but you probably do, so change your ways and thank them after every session. Start slow, one patient at a time. Real customer service is doing more than expected. Don't wait to show your appreciation until there's a problem. Simple inexpensive gestures (yes, even an hour of your time is an inexpensive gesture) will make your service fun to do business with and will be worth thousands of dollars over your career.
Until next month, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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