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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.
Preaching 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.
Integrative Sports Medicine
One of the most rewarding and challenging clinical scenarios is the treatment of athletes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teaching Qi Gong to Children
Many of us have come to embrace Qi Gong or Tai Chi practice as a regular part of our lives. Qi Gong has been a stabilizing factor in my life for the last twenty years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
August, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 08
By Steve Capellini, LMT
Author's Note: The Spa Letters column features news, personality profiles, trends, and plenty of professional possibilities for LMTs in the spa industry. The style is epistolary, meaning the articles are letters to a fictional massage therapist friend of the author.
The spa that was in your dreams a few months ago is now just weeks away from opening! Things are happening awfully fast, aren't they? I bet you never thought you'd have such a huge number of items on your "to-do" list.Brace yourself; it doesn't slow down for quite some time now.
You've laid the groundwork for a successful business by coming up with a mission for your new spa, something you and your partner, Barbara, believe in and hammered out as a team. You've incorporated your spa as a legal entity, and you've got a new name. It wasn't that hard was it?
It's like having a whole new identity, isn't it? You've got a new checkbook, new business cards, new stationary and a new logo. I'm glad my suggestion to try "automatic writing" worked for you in finding a name for your new spa. You and Barbara had some shared ideas on what you wanted to include in the overall spa concept, but you couldn't come up with a way to synthesize them into one simple name.
Let's examine them: First, you wanted to capitalize on the location-a beautifully renovated Victorian house right in the middle of the downtown-shopping district. Next, you wanted the spa's name and look to say something about your belief in natural, organic products and treatments. Finally, you wanted your spa's identity to reflect your personal journey, the way you and Barbara moved up through the spa ranks and put this unique vision together. So, you took this jumble of words and phrases, tossed them around, and started writing without stopping or censoring your thoughts until something clicked:
And voila, there it was. Even though you and Barbara continued to fill in a full 100 entries on your list, there it was - number 6: "The Spa House." Sweet and simple: A home away from home where people can go to enjoy all-natural treatments. You settled on a Southwestern color scheme of sandstone, terra cotta and umber to reflect the earthy and organic properties of your chosen ingredients. Your logo is a simple child's drawing of a house with two figures in front holding hands - a symbol of the friendship between you Barbara.
I like it, Lou. Some of the graduates of my spa certification class have inspired me in a similar way with the creative and unique names they've come up with for their new spas. One woman wanted a place where spa guests could bring their pets to get groomed in an adjacent facility; she called it the "Doggy Day Spa." Another man, who was a paramedic prior to becoming a massage therapist and opening his mobile spa-on-wheels, named his "Back Savers to the Rescue." The cutest one was the couple that plans on opening a joint dude ranch and spa. They specialize in those wanting to ride horses and relax. The proposed name is "Just Horsin' Around"; their logo is a horse in a hot tub.
Out of Identity, a Mission
You've naturally found your mission within your new identity as The Spa House, Inc. It's a short phrase you can post on your wall and include in your literature and on your Web site. I like this mission statement as much as I like your new name: "The Spa House uses top-quality natural ingredients and world-class service to make each visitor feel at ease and at home, improving the health and well-being of the entire community."
It's good; you've gone beyond the narrow view and broadened your stated mission to help everyone in the community, not just your target audience. Of course, those of us in the spa industry are aware that when we treat an individual, we're also making an impact on his or her family. In turn, that family impacts other families, and the whole community. You can also - as do many spas - dedicate some of your efforts (and profits) to the community and chosen charities.
Remember, the more you connect with the underlying reason for building your spa and starting this new venture, the more successful you'll be, in the truest sense of the word. To get lost in profit-making alone may leave you stranded in a place you do not want to be. Look to your mission statement often as a life preserver in future months; while navigating treacherous waters.
The Unique Selling Proposition
That said, let's be real, here, too. You can't save the world if you go out of business! You also need to have a good handle on what you're offering to people so they'll want to buy it.
One of the quickest and easiest ways I've found to get the word out about a new business is called the "Unique Selling Proposition" (USP). It's also been called the "elevator speech" because it's a short "sell" that can be told during a brief elevator ride. It goes like this: First you start with a problem (you know how _____?); then you offer a solution (well, my business _____). It's that simple. Consider this example for a computer repair business: "You know how your computer freezes sometimes and you have to waste time rebooting or even suffer a loss of valuable data? Well, I come to your location and in just twenty minutes adjust your computer so that never happens again, money-back-guaranteed."
What would your response be to that person? You'd likely ask for his or her card. You might possibly become a customer. You need to think of something similar to get people to visit your spa. Think in terms of problem/solution or need/fulfillment.
Why don't you write down the USP for The Spa House and send it to me in your next letter? (maybe even on your stationary!) I know how busy you must be now, in the midst of a whirlwind of color schemes; decor decisions; furnishings; supplies; equipment; pre-marketing; and another crucial issue: people! That's right; several new people are about to come into your life. They are often called employees, but make no mistake - they have lives of their own and can take up a lot of your time if you don't learn early on how to manage them appropriately. I'll talk a little about them next time I write.
You're already getting a taste of life on the other side of the manager's desk; it's not as simple as you thought it was while you were an employee at the resort spa, right Lou?
Until next time,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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