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Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
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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