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The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
March, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 03
Are You Sitting on a 24-Karat Gold Mine?
By Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT
Author's note: It is my pleasure to share the knowledge I've acquired with my colleagues and friends within the context of this column. My goal is to assist massage therapists in practicing massage professionally, ethically, efficiently and profitably.If there are any issues you would like me to address, I would love to hear from you.
If you have been in business for one or more years, it's quite possible that you are sitting on a 24-karat gold mine! Let me explain what I mean. Nearly every day, I speak with a frustrated massage therapist who has been in the business for many years and still can't fill his or her appointment book. Given the various choices of marketing, it can be "hit or miss" when you choose to spend your hard-earned dollars on advertising. But what if you could spend very few dollars and still fill your schedule, simply by tapping into that gold mine?
Many massage therapists say their biggest challenge is getting new clients. Once clients come in, they are sold on the treatment and continue as dedicated clients for many years. The problem, as you know, is that new clients who don't know you are hesitant to trust you - and understandably so, considering they will be nearly naked (but properly draped), while allowing a stranger to touch them. Your job, therefore, is to convince them that you are trustworthy and professional.
This task can take a lot of time, proper marketing and advertising dollars. Some therapists would argue that the best way to fill their appointment books is through word-of-mouth referrals. After all, new clients who are referred to you are much more likely to trust you even though they don't know you, just because someone they trust referred them. I agree: This is a good and inexpensive way to get clients; however, it's not the gold mine to which I'm referring. There are actually people out there who trust you even more than those referred clients: your inactive clients. The clients who have visited you one or more times throughout your career are the seeds to your 24-karat gold mine. Remember, the inactive client already trusts you because he or she has a pre-existing relationship with you. Your only challenge is to get the inactive clients back into your practice.
What can be scary is that you don't know why those clients stopped coming to you. Did they relocate? Did they find another therapist? Maybe they simply fell out of the rhythm of regular massage? The reason doesn't matter - chances are good that they would come back to you if asked. How do you reactivate these clients? That's fairly simple: You send them an invitation! Here are some tips for writing an effective invitational letter:
If you've been in the field for several years, you'll surely have hundreds of inactive clients. Instead of attempting to write everyone at once, you will want to make this a marketing "project." In this case, I recommend making a list of the clients you have not seen in a while, and even those you only saw once. Set aside two hours per week to prepare the letters and send them out. Continue this until all of your inactive clients have received a letter. Monetarily, it will cost you a mere $37 in postage for every 100 inactive clients you reach. Inactive clients already know and trust you.
Start tapping into that 24-karat gold mine and before you know it, your appointment book will be overflowing.
Click here for previous articles by Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT.
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