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Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
U.S. Olympians Have a DC in Their Corner
It's probably old news to you that doctors of chiropractic play an increasingly prominent role in treating athletes, from youth sports participants to weekend warriors, to elite / professional competitors.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
October, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 10
High Tech/High Touch Can Mean Much Growth for LMTs
By Cary Bayer
At the end of the 1980s, futurist John Naisbitt wrote a book that envisioned, among other things, a more sensitive world growing out of a response to the high-tech revolution. His Megatrends camped out at the top of the New York Times best-seller list for nearly two years, selling 8 million copies in 57 countries.Naisbitt's crystal ball was so polished that he could see the emerging trend, "high tech/high touch," a trend with much to teach massage therapists.
High tech is embodied by left-brained engineers and people like Bill Gates - people with analytical skills and a highly developed, rational approach to seeing reality. On the other hand, the eyes of high-touch, right-brained people often cross when confronted with a computer manual. But, they might be extremely gifted at undoing knots in someone's neck. High touch is embodied by massage therapists, who employ a high degree of touch (literally) throughout the day to make a difference in the lives of every client. The massive penetration of your work in the marketplace also could revolutionize the world.
Naisbitt's crystal ball saw that hundreds of millions of people would have a strong urge for a high-touch response to an increasingly high-tech world. We're forced to spend so much time on new high-tech activities like "Googling," "TiVo-ing" and "IM-ing," that we crave time with something far more high touch. Witness the phenomena of an increase in the numbers of people getting massaged and the spa industry explosion.
In 1989, just before Megatrends was published, I used to buy my airplane tickets while sitting in front of Renee, a delightful travel agent in Woodstock, N.Y. Today, I buy my airplane tickets while sitting in cyberspace. Something high touch got lost when I stopped taking a load off my feet and letting Renee handle my itinerary. So, it's not surprising that a forthcoming stint in front of my computer screen will result in a flight to Phoenix for a multi-day package at the Enchantment Spa in the powerful vortex among the red rocks of magical Sedona. High tech literally creates high touch.
In 2003, for example, there were 136 million visits to spas in the U.S., up from 95 million just four years before, according to a study conducted for the International SPA Association by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Revenues soared from $5 billion in 1999 to $11.2 billion in 2003. That's more than $1,750,000,000 more than was taken in by American movie theaters that year. The domestic spa industry was employing some 287,000 people in 2003, up from 151,000 in 1999, according to the study. That opened up a lot of work for LMTs.
Between August 2004 and July 2005, 47 million Americans received massages, up 2 million from the corresponding period the year before. Those numbers will climb. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, licensed massage therapists can anticipate a 21 percent to 35 percent increase in job opportunities through 2012. And, it will be easy for massage therapists to meet the demand because the average LMT is grossly underemployed, doing only about 38 massages per month.
Two out of every three adults are walking around with tremendous stress in their shoulders and necks. What's more, only 17 percent of men have been massaged in the past year; more than eight of every 10 men you see haven't been massaged in more than 365 days. Talk about an opportunity. If the "metrosexual" male trend continues, expect a huge increase in the number of American men who will plunk down $70 apiece for an hour of rejuvenation on your table.
When you add that to the research finding that 73 percent of people who receive massage would recommend it to others, it's high time you start asking your clients to recommend massage to their friends. Look at the numbers: The average LMT has the time to easily triple his or her business. Suppose, for example, you work at a day spa or two. At least two far more lucrative choices are available to you. Number one, you could quit and open your own massage business. Number two, since day spas are growing at a faster rate than massage therapy, you could open a day spa of your own and have others work for you, doing massages, facials and nails. Suppose you choose the latter option. Instead of having half or more of the massage fee taken from you by your spa, half or more of the fee that someone else gets from the massage they give at your spa can go to you. Talk about a 180-degree turnaround! Imagine the turnaround that could make in your financial life, to say nothing of the excitement that comes with expressing who you are in the world through the work you love to do. You're in the right line of work, with demand intensifying for a high-touch response to the painful effects of a high-tech world that's completely out of balance. You're there to help restore that balance.
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, isn't any kind of a mission impossible. It's a mission very possible, a mission delightful, a mission that grows out of your heart and soul. It's a mission to start communicating: first to yourself, as to what you want, and then to others. Once you know you would like to be ready to service the soon-to-come greater demand for your talents, it's imperative to set your life up for it. That means, if you're massaging entirely out of someone else's business, carve out a slice, even if it's a small one, for yourself to do massage in your private business. Even if it's just one afternoon per week, it's a start. Once you fill that on a regular basis, add a morning or an evening, or whatever time frame works best for you. If you're already operating your own business and are considering expanding it from a one-person business (you) to include others, start looking around to find those people. The space would be the next item on your agenda. And remember ... if you build it, they will come. "They" are dozens of new clients.
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