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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
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.
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 06
Is the Customer/Client Always Right?
By Perry Isenberg
I was recently in one of those "upscale" coffee houses and saw a small sign on the wall that read: Our Creed -Rule #1 The Customer Is Always Right. Rule #2 When In Doubt, Refer To Rule #1.
Two thoughts occurred to me, the first being that rule #1 is an accepted concept that is not always true.My second thought was that this company is so insecure that they feel the need to reinforce this policy in writing for us to see. Will the sign make me feel better about buying their coffee? Considering I was already in the store, maybe the sign should be posted in their storefront window or always appear in their print ads and radio commercials. It seems a bit silly to me to post this sign inside the store, once I've already made the decision to enter.
One of the many reasons people start their own business is just that -- to own their own business. You will decide who is right and who is wrong with matters pertaining to your business. This includes how you treat your employees, and the type of relationship you want to have with your clients.
I realize that my last few columns emphasized the importance of client satisfaction. In fact, if you recall, I suggested that anything and everything should be done to keep your clients happy, even if you occasionally have to provide a refund or free service.
I believe this passionately, but an incident I was involved in recently made me think that there is a point when, as owners, we may have occasion to stand firm with a client. There is always a chance we may lose the client, but if the client thinks it through, they may just end up respecting your final decision and continue to do business with you.
As a consumer, I've become accustomed to expecting complete satisfaction, to the point that anytime a business does not respond to my needs, I get threaten that they will lose my future business unless they see the issue my way. You can hardly blame me (or any other consumer) for this perspective, considering that mass chain stores like Home Depot, etc., let us return anything months later (even without the receipt) as long as they can resell the item. This type of customer service is very easy to get used to and accept as the norm. Anything less is not good enough.
I recently went to a Sports Authority store to purchase some running shoes they had advertised on sale. When I find shoes I like on sale, I'll generally purchase two pairs to avoid the agony of shopping again for shoes for a long time.
Spending three minutes in a new pair of running shoes in the store is not always sufficient time to absolutely decide if they are right for me. So on occasion, I have had to return shoes after I've worn them around my home for a day or so. If they are not perfect for my hard-to-fit feet, I am able to take the shoes back to Sports Authority and return them without incident.
Once, they had nothing else for me to try on. In a plaza near my house, I knew of a small Athletes Foot store that carries a small selection of shoes that cater to serious runners, walkers, etc. Those of you who know me know I am not a runner, but I needed shoes and thought this store could help with my needs. They had a very expensive pair of New Balance shoes that fit right, but were twice the cost of what I wanted to spend on running shoes, especially just to wear as everyday shoes. I bought the shoes on a Saturday, wore them around the house on Sunday, and they passed the test. I left for a two-week family vacation that week and left shoes at home.
When I returned from my vacation, a postcard was in my mail from the store announcing a 40% sale on all merchandise. The sale started two days after I purchased my shoes, and ended the day after my return. I figured I was in good shape to go to the store and plead my case that I should get the sale price. It is a small retail store, so the owner was there when I showed up at the store. I expressed my concern that the technicality of two days seemed unfair, and that, considering I purchased two pairs, it would be nice if he would honor the sale price. (Which equated to about a $60 refund for me).
He looked straight in my eyes and said, "Sales have start and end dates, otherwise there is no reason for sales dates."
I replied, " I know, I'm in business as well and I'm aware of policies, but I'm also aware of exceptions to rules depending on the situation."
He stuck to his guns, held his position, and I returned the shoes. He lost a nice sale that ended up losing him money -- handling, paperwork etc -- and I lost time because I needed to go again and shop for new shoes. Was the owner wrong or right? Was I wrong or right? I'm not sure.
Send me an e-mail and let me know what you think. In the meantime, be healthy, be good, and stay focused and motivated.
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