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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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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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