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Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
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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