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An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
June, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 06
Business Basics: Using Newsletters to Build Your Practice
By Jon Lumsden, LMT
Editor's note: Jon Lumsden has created thousands of newsletters for chiropractors, physical therapists and other health care professionals throughout the United States and Canada.He is now focusing his efforts on creating massage newsletters and expanding his company, Food For Thought Health News. Jon completed a 625-hour program in massage in 1999.
If you intend to build and maintain a viable massage practice, focus your attention on the areas that can help guarantee your success. Your clients are your greatest assets -- taking the time to educate them can pay big dividends through the years.
In helping hundreds of health practitioners promote their services over the last 13 years, I have found that the periodic newsletter is one of the most effective marketing tools available. This article will discuss how sending a newsletter to your clients can help you achieve your practice goals.
Newsletters are perceived as good news, so they are more likely to be read. Surveys have indicated that newsletters are well-received, and one of the most effective ways to stay in touch with your clients. If you have important information to share with your public, why not use the most inviting format? In today's information age, you are competing with a constant deluge of data, so make your message stand out!
The better educated your clients are, the more priority they are inclined to give to your services. Most massage clients have a limited knowledge of the benefits you can provide for them. Through your newsletters, you can raise your clients' understanding and appreciation of the advantages that regular massage offers. By sending regular communications to all your clients, you are planting seeds of knowledge that will develop into business for you.
Send regular reminders that you are there to deliver. Another plus is that newsletters are a great way to remind your clients that you are there to help them. We all know how hectic life is for most people today. There are so many things to accomplish each week -- it's easy for your clients to get distracted and just not get around to booking that next appointment. Each issue that you send to your client base will help keep you at the forefront of their lives.
Additionally, newsletters are wonderful for promoting gift certificate sales or special offers, encouraging referrals, and informing your clients of new developments in your practice (new services, etc.). It ensures that you get valuable, timely information to all your clients in one easy mailing.
Develop a long-term relationship with your clients. As competition grows in the field, doing little extras like sending a newsletter can help to build a loyal following that helps you to achieve a secure practice. It's such an easy way to let all your clients know how important they are to you and how much you really care about them.
Is it cost-effective? You will spend in the neighborhood of 50¢ per newsletter in supplies (paper, copy service, folding, postage, etc.) to create and mail an 8½ x 11 two-sided issue. If you enjoy writing, you can invest a few hours of your time to create each issue; buy professionally prepared issues through a specialized newsletter service; or hire a local typesetter. If you choose not to create your own, you will probably spend an additional $20 - $50 per issue to acquire your artwork (the ready-to-print master copy). If you send four to six issues each year, your total outlay per client household will run from two to six dollars annually (based on approximately 100 clients). When you consider that you expect your clients to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars with you each year, investing a few dollars in developing them into better clients seems a natural choice.
However you proceed, make sure your newsletter presents a professional reflection of your practice. Your periodic publication acts as your representative in your community. Each issue could be passed on to your clients' friends and serve as an introduction to your services, so demand a high-quality presentation. If you choose to write your own, be sure to keep it simple and to the point. Address client interests and focus on the benefits your services provide. Don't try to crowd too much into any one issue -- just share a few ideas each time. Get feedback from some of your positive-minded clients and friends to see if your message and your layout are conveying the image you want.
Make a commitment to your practice by sending your newsletter regularly. When you send your newsletters consistently, you demonstrate to your clients a level of professionalism and commitment that says you are establishing your presence in the community and you can be counted on to be there in the future. Just as consistent massage contributes to a healthier body, consistent communication leads to a stronger practice. Try a series of newsletters in your practice and see for yourself.
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