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Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
June, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 06
Three Keys to Connecting to Your Clients
By Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT
In the bodywork business, marketing to obtain new clients truly is the first step in building clientele. This holds true for any service business. However, unless your focus shifts from obtaining to retaining new prospects, you'll find yourself continually looking for new ways to market your business.Learning how to build rapport with your new clients is a must if you intend to turn them into loyal clients. In order to retain them, you must first connect to them.
Here are three basic keys for connecting with your new clients:
1. Sell Solutions Instead of Selling Your Services
Marketing is all about selling solutions. That's why it's essential to describe your business in terms of benefits, not features. When you market your services, your intention is not to "sell" people something they don't need. It's to show them how you can solve their problem with your services.
When prospective clients seek out service providers, they look for the best solution for solving their problem. Keep this in mind when marketing your services by placing yourself in the prospective client's shoes. When you personally seek out services, you become sold on the benefits, not the list of services that are available. Ask yourself why you would hire a massage therapist. Maybe it's so you can manage your migraine headaches, or maybe you need to reduce stress and feel better about yourself. Perhaps you'd like to prevent injuries while training for your first marathon.
Your marketing should reflect the benefits your services offer. This is what consumers can relate to and will buy.
2. Focus on the Client
What is everyone's favorite word to hear? Their own name, of course! We are human and we love to focus on ourselves. But, as a service provider, your goal is to learn how to focus on your client's needs, while setting yours aside. This means learning how to practice "active listening." If your clients feel like you are really hearing them, they will feel you care about them, and a connection will be made.
By asking questions and repeating what you've heard your client say, you assure the client their needs are being heard and understood.
It's equally important to hold off on offering advice until your client has finished explaining their story. If you jump too quickly to offer a solution to their problems, you'll lose that important connection.
A perfect way to focus on your client is to take personal notes while documenting your SOAP notes. For example, when your client tells you her daughter began applying for colleges, write that information in her file, and make sure to ask her how the college search is going on her next visit. Your client will be impressed you remembered the last conversation, and a connection will be made.
3. Relate to the Client
Sometimes the best way to relate to a client is to let them know you've heard of their problem before. By sharing a story of another client who suffered from similar problems that you've helped, you assure the client you can help them, too.
Be careful, however, not to trivialize their problem as being no big deal, as people tend to be attached to their problems, and you don't want to turn anyone off. Your goal is to reassure your clients they are not alone, others have experienced their problems and experienced success at solving them through your great work.
If you can sell solutions instead of services, you will more easily obtain clients. If you can learn to focus on your clients and their needs, you will build rapport and keep them loyal. And, if you can assure your clients you've seen their problems before, and that you've treated them with success, you'll master the art of connecting with your clients. This will not only build your clientele, but it also will save you time and money spent on marketing efforts. Connect with your clients and build your business.
Click here for previous articles by Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT.
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