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Integrative Sports Medicine
One of the most rewarding and challenging clinical scenarios is the treatment of athletes.
Fish Oil: A Key Component to Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Online Marketing Basics: Website Creation
The various online marketing options make it a challenge, especially when all you want to do is help your patients feel better. With such a broad topic, I'm going to share some basics you should know about website creation.
ASA Ready to Impact Profession
The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) is a 501(c)6 (pending), not-for-profit collaboration among state based, acupuncturist professional associations.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 1
All humans, by the very nature of being human, will experience moments of trauma and suffering. What, then, makes the difference in how the individual who experiences trauma, suffering, and spiritual loss reacts to such experiences?
What to do When Today Sucks
Have you ever had one of those days when nothing went the way it should have? The patient with migraines got worse instead of better from a treatment similar to one you've effectively used on him before.
It's Time to Wake Up
It is time for this profession to wake up and tell someone about the healing benefits of acupuncture. This is the time for Asian Medicine. Its popularity, growth and unusual acceptance is nothing short of amazing.
Healing the Core: AWB Nepal Earthquake Relief Project
With almost 9,000 people killed during the earthquakes in April and May, another 23,000 suffering injuries, hundreds of thousands left homeless when entire villages collapsed, and many sacred sites destroyed, no one in this country of approximately 28 million has been left untouched by the disaster.
Relationship Marketing: A Modern Approach
Remember when you used to get real letters in the mail? Not the automated type, but the real deal, hand written with a personal message just because someone was thinking about you? You know what I'm talking about.
The Ethics of Herbal Prescribing
While teaching ethics classes, I often encounter licensed acupuncturists who are surprised that our use of herbs and supplements has a specific section in the material. It is often an aspect within ethics that clinicians don't think of in practice.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
Patient Retention Techniques
When talking about techniques to grow your business, we tend to focus on the "large" aspect of the patient base, that is, on strategies to attract new patients. However, it is important to remember that "loyal" is equally, if not more, important.
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
Preaching to the Choir: How to Extend Our Reach Beyond the CAM Community
Professional conferences offer unique opportunities to network, be exposed to cutting-edge innovators, share your interests and work, and be inspired.
An Unexpected Superfood: All About Eggs
About 40 years ago, excessive dietary cholesterol was labeled a public health concern. Specifically, it was thought that there was a causal link between consumption of cholesterol-laden foods and increased risk of heart disease.
A War You Can Help Patients Win
The average American consumes approximately 60 percent of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils. A donut is a good example of a so-called "food" that represents these calorie sources.
Teaching Qi Gong to Children
Many of us have come to embrace Qi Gong or Tai Chi practice as a regular part of our lives. Qi Gong has been a stabilizing factor in my life for the last twenty years.
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
Acupuncture Treatment of Trauma in the Canine
From 1972 until 1976, John Ottaviano and I were treating dogs at five different veterinary clinics in the Los Angeles county area. Usually, we were at a clinic for seven to eight hours.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
Learning the Transformative Language of the Channel System: The Sinew Channels
The Chinese medical classics describe the energetic terrain of the body in much detail. The acupuncture channel systems, as presented in the Ling Shu illustrate the various expressions our qi energy can take.
September, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 09
Taking the Fear Out of Retailing
By Angie Patrick
Retailing products to your clients need not be intimidating or frightening. Many massage professionals have learned the benefits of offering follow-through products for their clients, and you can too.
It's not as difficult as you might think, even if you're just not a "salesperson" type.The truth is you don't have to be a professional salesperson to be able to fluidly offer and explain information about a product. When it's done with honesty, integrity and with the intention always on the client's well- being, it will feel natural. When your heart is in the right place, and your intention is to provide health and wellness for your client, it will come through. People can feel when someone truly is sincere and has good intentions.
Here are a few ways you can make the word "sales" less scary. When a client is discussing issues of concern about their health, chances are, in addition to the proper treatment methods to pursue, you also might know of a product that will help them. After all, you are the professional, and shouldn't you feel compelled to offer the client relief when you know of something that can help? You are a healer, first and foremost. And as a healer, it's natural to want to provide solutions to problems causing pain and discomfort. Thinking of sales as something extra you do outside of treatment really is not accurate. Providing solutions for your client's issue is part of the treatment and should come as a natural progression in your assessment of the client.
Speak about products of which you have firsthand knowledge. Perhaps you have used a brand of topical analgesic that has assisted you in relieving muscle pain. Maybe you have found relief in using a hot or cold pack on a joint that caused you trouble. You might have used exercise balls or resistance bands to help stretch your muscles and tone problem areas. Your recommendation of a product, relaying your own personal knowledge and experience reads as truthful and competent; not pushy or money-driven. As a professional, your clients look to you to be knowledgeable and make recommendations about their self-care, as well as the care you provide in your treatment. Be sure you share with them ways they can benefit from some of the products you can provide to them.
The same can be said of "pampering" products you can retail as well. It's far easier to describe the benefits of a sugar scrub when you have experienced one for yourself. This philosophy can apply to virtually any product you will want to offer as retail goods. For instance, if you want to offer pillows, be sure you have had the experience of sleeping on them as well. When you speak of a product using descriptive words outlining what the product does, as well as its benefits, it will make the customer feel more comfortable with their decision to try it. Typically, people make buying decisions based on how a product or service will make them feel. If you can relay this information from personal experience, you inevitably will see a rise in your retail revenue. You also will feel good about the recommendations because you are certain about the quality and result of the products you offer.
Pricing is another part of retailing that strikes fear in the hearts of those just starting out. What should you charge for your products? This question has kept many therapists awake at night trying to dial in to just the right number. Of course, you don't want to charge too much for a product and have it sit on your shelf indefinitely, but conversely, you certainly don't want to charge too little. You should keep in mind that your professional advice and recommendation also accompany the products you offer, so to underprice your goods could send the wrong message. So where do you set your bar? The best advice I can offer is to take all of the factors into consideration; your initial investment into the product, shipping costs of the goods, your space allocation and time. These add up to your basic cost. From this point, you will need to make a determination regarding at what price you can sell this item and make it worth your while. Competitive pricing is important, so check out other offices in your area to see what the average might be. Keep in mind, you aren't the local drugstore, nor are you the super-huge, mega-chain store. You are a massage professional offering specific items you feel are appropriate to your client care regimen.
For some, it can feel awkward to discuss price with a client who might be interested in your products. Taking the guesswork out of the pricing by clearly labeling shelving and products can simplify the whole process for both you and your client. By clearly defining the price of your goods with appropriate and professional signage, you are allowing the client to make decisions based on their own economic situation. This will alleviate the uncomfortable questions about price and allow your client to make the choices appropriate for their financial circumstance.
When you look at retailing as part of the natural progression of your treatment, it makes offering peripheral products far less intimidating. When you can relay positive and truthful information about your products, how they work and the results you have experienced, you aren't "selling." You are sharing useful information about products to fulfill a need in the daily life of your client. When you feel confident about your product offering, you will find your ability to share comes more naturally. Your customers will certainly appreciate it and so will your bottom line!
would love to hear about your retailing success stories. For comments about this article, or to learn more about how you can begin your own retailing adventure, you can contact me at .
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