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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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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?
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.
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.
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.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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.
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)?
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.
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.
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?!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 05
Excuse Me, May I Take This Call?
By Perry Isenberg
A huge portion of the working population really doesn't understand the meaning of "a job well done." A few years ago, I was getting a very relaxing massage (not my current massage therapist) when I heard the phone ring, followed by "Do you mind if I take this call -- I"ll only be a second."
If this ever happened to you and you took the call, do yourself a favor: try to remember the client at the time, and either refund their money or offer them a free session."Yeah, right" you say - after all, it was just a two-second phone call!
I'm serious! As consumers you know full well that you hate paying for things you do not receive. Did the client get a 60-minute, undisturbed session with your full attention? Did you wash your hands after touching the telephone? Why should the service the client pays for be interrupted so you can answer the phone?
There appears to be a current downward slide in the quality level of products and services being offered, and less demands from the consumer.
Everyone knows that the current consumer is more educated, demanding and savvy than in the past. Many factors contribute to this, including a larger-than-ever group of retailers and business people who sought to separate themselves from the pack by doing everything better and more consistently.
This new group of business people has taught us to accept a mistake now and then, but overall to expect more. When you're not satisfied, you should be financially compensated -- a refund. There's a big difference between sufficient, satisfactory and perfect. I say we should only pay for perfect and settle for less as the exception, not the norm.
It seems to me that this higher level of service and quality products is not holding up, and that demanding, savvy consumers are backing down, willing to accept less than perfect. There are many factors accounting for this trend. I believe the primary reason is because the imperfect human cannot consistently deliver perfection. Consumers are tired of looking for perfection, so we are starting to accept satisfactory.
A shortage of time and an abundance of wealth are also a part of the problem -- "I don't have time to shop around, but I have enough money not to worry about value."
The saying, "you get what you pay for," does not have the same meaning it used to. Now, you're still paying premium prices for the "good" stuff, but only getting satisfactory in return.
A friend of mine uses a lawn & garden service to take care of his property. I visited one day and admired his lawn and garden, but asked why he doesn't get the company to blow away all the dead leaves in the garden. His comment was, "the service is supposed to do it, and sometimes they do and sometimes they don't." Of course, I replied, "So I guess you don't pay them for the service call." He looked at me like I was nuts, and responded, "After all, they were here, and they did cut the grass. You can't not pay them because they didn't blow out the leaves."
I hope my point is obvious. My friend's view is to accept 80% of the service and pay 100% for it. This is ridiculous. It undermines the consumer's obligation to set acceptable standards for products and services.
Most of you most likely think I'm being too harsh and overly demanding -- I'm not. I'm also not perfect, nor is our company. We probably make mistakes every day, and when we do, our company finds a way to compensate the customer, to show our regret for the error and our appreciation for their understanding and business.
I don't care how long you've worked with a particular client. Never let your relationship become so informal that you think you can cut corners. You should treat each visit with 100%. Nothing less will do.
In the meantime, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
Click here for previous articles by Perry Isenberg.
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