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The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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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