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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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 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?"
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Abdominal Acupuncture for Eye Healing: The Sacred Turtle and Ba Gua Map
Our ideas about western medicine have shifted in recent decades, while the public is asking more from health care providers.
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 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.
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.
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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