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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.
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?
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
August, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 08
Spa Menus That Bring Customers to You
By Stephanie Beck
How to create spa menus that bring customers to you is the million-dollar question, isn't it? So, how do you create spa menus that bring the customer to you? Most of it comes from using emotionally based adjectives, creativity and knowing your client base!
Let's face it, we are emotional beings and as such, we respond to those wonderful, descriptive words like "luxurious, rich, velvety soft, silky smooth, vitamin-infused, cell vitality, supple and smooth, contains the latest discovered ingredients, most advanced science, phenomenal visible results, and "active moisturizers!"
We are the same way when we are describing our newest favorite item.Have you ever recommended a product to a friend? How did you describe it? I bet it went something like this: "Oh, you have got to try this! I mean, this is really good! Oh wow, it was incredible; I mean, it is absolutely the best thing I've ever tried!" Now, I could be talking about my latest massage, facial, or my new favorite ice cream, (actually, it was this new teeth-whitening product I have been trying). With everyone I have spoken to, I have used this same description and they have gone out and purchased it without me prompting them to. I didn't have to tell them how to use it or describe for them how to make their own trays, what the gel tastes like, how long to leave it on or how many times a week to use it. Wouldn't that be great - if all of your customers walked out of the treatment room and made statements like that and produced new clients for you? That happens, and it's great when it does, but you also need to let your spa menu do the talking for you.
We've discussed themes, visions and intents, protocols, products, vendors, ingredients, training, and marketing materials. You have created a theme, selected treatments to support your theme, and researched your treatments, found products with ingredients that match your theme, selected the right spa vendor and trained the staff on the techniques. Now comes the fun part: descriptions! Be creative; use words that describe how it's going to make the client feel! You don't have to use a lot of what I call "fluff." Here's an example of how a spa could promote a facial treatment: "Reduce fine lines and wrinkles within the first two treatments, leaving your skin fresh and younger looking!" This describes what the product does, but ends with two very emotional words that create curiosity.
A very dear friend of mine who owns a day spa in Dallas describes his facial with micro-dermabrasion this way: "In six treatments, we will take 10 years off your face!" Who wouldn't want to take 10 years off their face? And with the products and regime my friend sets up for his clients, the results are remarkable and he has a thriving a business.
Describe what the treatment is going to do for your client, your client's skin, their body, their hair, or their lifestyle, or whatever your intent was in choosing this treatment. It's great to use ingredients, but make sure to include how the ingredients will make them better. For instance, one manufacturer of massage products promotes that their products are infused with vitamin E "to help skin breathe and function normally." Doesn't that sound good? I certainly want my skin to "breathe and function normally," don't you?
This is where it will come in handy if you have built a good relationship with the right spa vendor. You can take the majority of the provided descriptions and then add your special touch to entice your clients. And if you feel as if you are not that creative, the vendor will help you along the way. Some vendors, like myself, already have several menus written, or they can create menus specifically for your spa! The important thing is that you stay focused to your vision and intention.
As always, it's been fun; if you need help or have further questions, e-mail me and I will assist you the best way I can.
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