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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.
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.
Fish Oil: A Key Component to Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
The Ethics of Herbal Prescribing
While teaching ethics classes, I often encounter licensed acupuncturists who are surprised that our use of herbs and supplements has a specific section in the material. It is often an aspect within ethics that clinicians don't think of in practice.
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!
Exercise Recommendations for Healthy Aging
Aging is inevitable, but how you age is not. Common physical signs of aging include decreased muscle mass, decreased muscular power, increased body fat, and decreased aerobic (lung) capacity.
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.
ASA Ready to Impact Profession
The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) is a 501(c)6 (pending), not-for-profit collaboration among state based, acupuncturist professional associations.
Online Marketing Basics: Website Creation
The various online marketing options make it a challenge, especially when all you want to do is help your patients feel better. With such a broad topic, I'm going to share some basics you should know about website creation.
Acupuncture Treatment of Trauma in the Canine
From 1972 until 1976, John Ottaviano and I were treating dogs at five different veterinary clinics in the Los Angeles county area. Usually, we were at a clinic for seven to eight hours.
Healing the Core: AWB Nepal Earthquake Relief Project
With almost 9,000 people killed during the earthquakes in April and May, another 23,000 suffering injuries, hundreds of thousands left homeless when entire villages collapsed, and many sacred sites destroyed, no one in this country of approximately 28 million has been left untouched by the disaster.
Learning the Transformative Language of the Channel System: The Sinew Channels
The Chinese medical classics describe the energetic terrain of the body in much detail. The acupuncture channel systems, as presented in the Ling Shu illustrate the various expressions our qi energy can take.
Integrative Sports Medicine
One of the most rewarding and challenging clinical scenarios is the treatment of athletes.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 1
All humans, by the very nature of being human, will experience moments of trauma and suffering. What, then, makes the difference in how the individual who experiences trauma, suffering, and spiritual loss reacts to such experiences?
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.
Patient Retention Techniques
When talking about techniques to grow your business, we tend to focus on the "large" aspect of the patient base, that is, on strategies to attract new patients. However, it is important to remember that "loyal" is equally, if not more, important.
Peaching to the Choir: How to Extend Our Reach Beyond the CAM Community
Professional conferences offer unique opportunities to network, be exposed to cutting-edge innovators, share your interests and work, and be inspired.
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.
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.
It's Time to Wake Up
It is time for this profession to wake up and tell someone about the healing benefits of acupuncture. This is the time for Asian Medicine. Its popularity, growth and unusual acceptance is nothing short of amazing.
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.
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.
An Unexpected Superfood: All About Eggs
About 40 years ago, excessive dietary cholesterol was labeled a public health concern. Specifically, it was thought that there was a causal link between consumption of cholesterol-laden foods and increased risk of heart disease.
Relationship Marketing: A Modern Approach
Remember when you used to get real letters in the mail? Not the automated type, but the real deal, hand written with a personal message just because someone was thinking about you? You know what I'm talking about.
What to do When Today Sucks
Have you ever had one of those days when nothing went the way it should have? The patient with migraines got worse instead of better from a treatment similar to one you've effectively used on him before.
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.
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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