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When Patients Lie (Bribe or Flatter)
Recently, a new patient told me about what I thought was a novel twist on the doctor-patient relationship. She felt she had to lie to her DC to discontinue her treatment.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
We Get Letters & Email
It was with great interest that I read "Trouble in the Wellness Waters?" in the May 1, 2015 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic. I heartily applaud Dr. Hayes for his insightful and informative article.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Why More Patients Don't Come to Your Office
Every so often, something turns out to be much easier than anticipated. It's like ordering a piece of furniture or a child's toy that comes in 167 pieces.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update and Review of Mechanisms
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Active Care for Ankle Sprains
An ankle sprain is a common injury, since this joint is required to perform complex movements under high forces during normal walking. In fact, 10 percent of all emergency-room visits are ankle-sprain related and an estimated 25,000 ankle sprains occur in the United States daily.
A Tribute to a True Chiropractic Leader
President of Texas Chiropractic College (alumnus, class of 1950) and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Board of Governors. President of the Texas Chiropractic Association and twice-appointed member of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Troubleshooting: Billing Multiple Fees for the Same Service
I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot bill different fees for the same service.
Do You Have a Post-ICD-10 Strategy?
Post-ICD-10 planning is critically important to the health of a practice, in part because ICD-10 is brand new to providers, payers and related affiliates alike.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Thinking About Cohen's Kappa
Let's think about some notions of reliability and validity, and about what it means for diagnostic examiners to agree in meaningful ways. Diagnostic tests must obviously be both reliable and valid.
February, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 02
Everything I Need to Know to Succeed in Business, I Learned From My Child
By Angie Patrick
It's true; children know exactly how to get what they want. Unabashedly, uncompromisingly and without regret, they give us what we need (love, joy, happiness) and, in return, we give them what they want (toys, ice cream and video games).Isn't that the basic premise of business? Customers provide us with what we need (revenue and income) and, in return, we give them what they want (quality goods and services). I say we take a few cues from children - those mini-marketing moguls - and see how we can apply these principles in our own approach to business.
Children are not afraid to fall on their backsides. They will go after their wants with a fervor and desire so great that they are willing to try virtually anything to make it a reality. Have you ever watched a child try to reach a cookie jar? When the foot stool does not work, they get a kitchen chair. When it doesn't quite reach, they begin the dramatic and perilous ascent up the cabinets until they achieve their goal: yummy, delicious, seemingly-out-of-reach cookies.
Perhaps your own "seemingly-out-of-reach cookie" is an ample supply of people wanting to book you for a massage or spa service. Maybe you are timid and unsure about how you will go about attaining this goal for fear of failure. Take a lesson from your child or children in general: They fear nothing. Specifically, they have no fear of failure or being told no. If one thing they try proves ineffective, they proceed to the next plan until something they do makes the goal achievable. They do not fear the negative responses they receive, and they will devise a method to turn those negative responses into what they desire. In our case, negative responses represent those uninterested in what we present to them. Since what we want is a consistent stream of business, do not be afraid to try different venues and multiple approaches. By not giving up, you will reap the rewards of the fearless and be savoring your cookie in no time.
Kids are beguiling. They capture our hearts and change the cadence of our harried lives by being honest and candid, and by possessing a willingness to outwardly show they care about you. Face it; a child can melt the hardest of hearts with a well-placed giggle or a spontaneous hug. And so it is with business. Your passion for what you do makes you and your business attractive to those who seek what you provide. Conversely, if you are unhappy, it shows. Your attitude is contagious, and caring about your customer's needs, desires and wants is the fastest way to build your repeat business. Just as a child can make you forget about the dog chewing up your favorite shoes, you can have that same effect on a customer by sending a card and letting them know you miss seeing them. Offer them an incentive to visit you, such as a discount on their next massage or even an invitation to have a free, relaxing cup of tea with their next visit.
This type of outreach does two very distinct things. First, it makes your customer feel they are important to you. Everyone enjoys feeling appreciated, and sending a personalized note makes your customer feel they matter to you. It's like receiving a hug from a child − it can turn the tide on their day and remind them of the calm and relaxation your services can provide in their sea of stress. Second, it rekindles the buying cycle in a customer who has a proven spending history for services or goods you have provided for them in the past. Reminding them how wonderfully relaxed and stress-free they felt after their last visit can create a desire to relive the experience, netting you a repeat customer.
Just as a drawing we display on the refrigerator reminds us of the children in our lives, we can do the same with products we offer for retail to our clients. Providing your clients with an array of self-care products can extend the feelings of relaxation and well-being you have worked so hard to instill in your therapy sessions. A topical analgesic for aches and pains or a warmed pillow in the microwave can be a reminder to your clients of your commitment to their health and comfort, and could be a catalyst for them to make another appointment!
Kids are protective of what they consider "theirs." They coddle and prize the things they value the most. Often, a child's "blankie" is their reason for waking in the morning, and the reason they sleep well at night. Isn't that exactly the way we should look at our valued customers? Like a child's security blanket, they are infinitely valuable and difficult to replace if lost. Protect the relationship you have with your clients by being honest, fair, caring and overall appreciative of their business. Never, ever take their loyalty for granted, because acquiring loyal customers is a hard-fought battle. If you fail to meet their expectations, it's all too easy for them to look elsewhere. Give them no reason to look by fulfilling their wants, and you will have what you need: an ample supply of people wanting to book you for a massage or spa service.
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