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The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
May, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 05
You Don't Have to Spend Money to Make Money
By Angie Patrick
You are a healer. You are a motivator. And you are an entrepreneur, even if you have never really thought of yourself that way. There are many reasons people decide to become massage therapists, not the least of which is the desire to help others.Maybe you like the idea of encouraging others to seek alternative venues for health and wellness, and sharing the benefits of massage therapy. Perhaps you enjoy the thought of building a business that is uniquely your own, and that expresses your vision of who you are.
Any way you look at it, there are many reasons to become a massage therapist. But how do you take your business to the next level? How do you create more income for yourself and your family, while still providing the quality care your clients have come to expect from you? It's not as difficult as you might think. In fact, I will share with you some very easy and economical ways to add black ink to your bottom line while providing a service that fulfills a very real need for your clients.
You probably have read that retailing products to your clients can aid in generating revenue for your practice. The problem is, maybe you aren't really keen on the idea of "selling." Well, your initial instincts are correct: No one likes to be "sold," and it's a feeling that leaves a very bad impression on your clients. That is why you won't "sell" them. You will simply help educate them about options they might be interested in knowing about. Do you think medical doctors "sell" patients? No! They simply prescribe a course of action to improve health and it always results in spending. And yet, people rarely question the doctors' directions because they are the professionals of their craft. Well, how about you?
Maybe you have thought about making a small array of items available to your clients after their massage, but you are just unsure about how to make them attractive without seeming overwhelming or pushy. The good news is that you can create tasteful and elegant displays for your chosen retail items that enhance the calm and serenity of your treatment room or facility. Merchandising and displaying items for resale in your practice need not cost a fortune. A few well-placed items, some planning and a little imagination can create an atmosphere of pampering, self-indulgence and continued self-care for your clients to take home with them.
There are a myriad of ways to display your chosen lines; I prefer inexpensive glass shelving, either in ready-made units or attached to the wall. The glass will keep the "cluttered" feeling to a minimum and allow the products to be the true stars of the display. Additionally, lighting your displays is much easier with glass and shadows kept to a minimum.
Often, finding related props that can help create a certain feel in your display is not as hard as you might think. Natural elements are easy to find and can assist in creating an attractive display. For instance, if you are retailing a sea salt scrub, then shells, sea sponges and beach glass could be scattered on the shelf to reinforce the feeling of the ocean. These things are easily found at a local discount store. While you are there, purchase a few baskets to create ready-made gifts for your clients to purchase.
Baskets are a time-saving way for your clients to shop for special occasions, such as baby showers, holidays or other events. Create your baskets with a theme in mind. Some ideas might include "Home Spa Night," which could have an array of soothing teas, a salt or sugar scrub, a foot treatment, some soothing music, a candle and a loofah sponge. When packed into a basket, covered in organza and tied with a ribbon, this inexpensive gift becomes more than a gift of a few products; it is a gift of relaxation that would be appreciated by anyone! By having this ready-made gift available for your client, you have just made their gift giving easier, and have increased your own income!
In addition to the pampering products, client self-care products are a primary source for successful sales. In your treatment, you might choose to use a topical analgesic, or other pain-relieving items such as a microwave warming pack or cryo product. Since the continued use of these items relieves the client's discomfort between visits, suggesting them should be a natural part of your service. People want to live pain free, and they come to you for that very reason.
As a therapist, you are aware of a wide array of professional-grade products that reduce discomfort. Simply arrange the bottles and jars of products of your choice on a shelf, in clear sight of the client. Seeing the items will often prompt the customer to ask questions about the wonderful products you used during the session. Offer clear and concise directions for use. The client will appreciate the suggestion, and likely will recommend their friends and co-workers to you for care.
Merchandising and retailing of products is a natural progression in your patient care regimen. It doesn't have to be pushy or over the top, but there is no reason to feel sheepish about it, either. Rehab therapists sell equipment, hair stylists sell shampoo, and athletic trainers sell protein drinks. Full-service massage therapists should sell products to enhance their services as well.
You can create a retail environment in harmony with your practice while maintaining a high level of care for your clients. Your clients will appreciate the ease in shopping, and you will reap the benefits of increased income through providing them with this welcomed service. If you have questions, want to comment on this article, or just want to learn more about how to increase your profits through retail, e-mail me at .
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