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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 01
The One-Month Program
By Cary Bayer
There's nothing quite like getting a new client who looks like they might come in for a massage once every month. It's the kind of good news that qualifies for the proverbial, "Something to write home about." With this in mind, let me ask you a simple question: Do you tell your husband/partner/significant other each time a monthly client decides to book a session in two weeks instead of the usual four? I didn't think so.And yet, the once-a-month client who shifts to twice a month is equivalent to getting a new client who comes in once a month. As far as the bottom line is concerned, it's an identical situation. But you probably don't relate to it that way.
Most massage therapists think about the numbers of clients they have, rather than the number of sessions they give, because few therapists think of clients in terms of revenue. As a healer who loves to help people, you probably focus more on a client's shoulders and back than you do on them being an income stream. This occurs because most therapists think of their massage work as a practice rather than as a business.
Let's shift our thinking a bit and evaluate a client in terms of revenue. For the sake of this discussion, let's call your fee $70 per session. If Mr. Jones is a client who comes in like clockwork once each month, he's a $70-per-month client. If you're like most therapists, you always encourage your enthusiastic clients to tell their friends or family about your work. If Mr. Jones does just that and inspires his wife to come in for a massage, and she loves your work, too, and also comes for sessions once each month, you now have $140-per-month coming in from this enthusiastic couple.
But let's look at a different scenario. Let's forget Mrs. Jones for the moment. If her husband suddenly changes his frequency to twice per month, he becomes a $140 client. As long as we're exploring different scenarios, consider a third: Suppose he loves your work so much that he decides to come in each week. He then becomes a $280-per-month client. This is equivalent to him keeping his current once-per-month session, but bringing you three new clients, each of whom comes in monthly as well.
Far too many therapists spend far too much time trying to get new clients instead of inspiring the ones they already have to come in more frequently. It's easier to encourage those who currently enjoy your work to enjoy it more often than to bring in new people who don't know how good you are. And that's where my One-Month Program comes in.
The One-Month Program is a marketing tool enabling you to quadruple the number of sessions you do for existing clients. Here, in a nutshell, is how it works. Scour your database or client files for a list of all the people you treat. Then, isolate those who don't come in each week. For most massage therapists, that's virtually their entire roster. Now, target those who come in either once a month or even less often than that. The objective behind the One-Month Program is to convert monthly clients into weekly ones, or, in bottom-line terms, to transform $70-per-month clients into $280-per-month ones. As we just saw, that's like adding three new clients at the monthly frequency.
Clients who sign up for the One-Month Program pay you $280, for which they'll receive four sessions in the next month and a bonus fifth session the following week for free. Clients love this bonus - who doesn't love things for free? This contrasts to the five sessions in five months they otherwise might receive. This heightened frequency gives your client an opportunity to see how good it feels in body and mind to have weekly treatments. After the fifth session in five weeks, ask your client if they would like to book a session the following week. After all, they've had five in five weeks. There's a decent chance they'll say yes.
There's a famous post-World War I song that speaks to this point: "How ya gonna keep them down on the farm after they've seen Paree?" Most people are used to carrying around a great deal of tension or pain in their bodies. Monthly clients get relief from this every 30 days or so. Seeing and feeling the difference that comes with a weekly massage cycle might just be what their massage therapist ordered.
This switch in frequency also has the chance to quadruple your entire business if every monthly client is converted to a weekly client. If even just 10 such clients convert to weekly sessions, you'll have increased your monthly income by $700. That pays a lot of bills each month and also adds $8,400 to your annual gross. If 20 such clients convert, your monthly income surges by $1,400; your annual income skyrockets by nearly $17,000. All this without adding a single new client.
If, on the other hand, your One-Month Program client chooses to schedule their next session a month down the road, ask if they would like another free session again by signing up for the One-Month Program. If they do, you'll be giving away a free session, but you'll also be getting three additional sessions from them in a month. This same program also is useful to target clients who come in for sessions every two or three weeks.
By the way, if either of these scenarios play out, whereby you add between 10 or 20 more sessions each week, and you're unable to actually do this additional work, either because of lack of time or lack of strength in your hands, then you always can bring in another therapist. That raises the possibility of passive income. But that's the topic of a whole other special report.
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