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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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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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