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An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
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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