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Learning the Transformative Language of the Channel System: The Sinew Channels
The Chinese medical classics describe the energetic terrain of the body in much detail. The acupuncture channel systems, as presented in the Ling Shu illustrate the various expressions our qi energy can take.
Relationship Marketing: A Modern Approach
Remember when you used to get real letters in the mail? Not the automated type, but the real deal, hand written with a personal message just because someone was thinking about you? You know what I'm talking about.
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
Fish Oil: A Key Component to Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Teaching Qi Gong to Children
Many of us have come to embrace Qi Gong or Tai Chi practice as a regular part of our lives. Qi Gong has been a stabilizing factor in my life for the last twenty years.
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
Patient Retention Techniques
When talking about techniques to grow your business, we tend to focus on the "large" aspect of the patient base, that is, on strategies to attract new patients. However, it is important to remember that "loyal" is equally, if not more, important.
The Ethics of Herbal Prescribing
While teaching ethics classes, I often encounter licensed acupuncturists who are surprised that our use of herbs and supplements has a specific section in the material. It is often an aspect within ethics that clinicians don't think of in practice.
Healing the Core: AWB Nepal Earthquake Relief Project
With almost 9,000 people killed during the earthquakes in April and May, another 23,000 suffering injuries, hundreds of thousands left homeless when entire villages collapsed, and many sacred sites destroyed, no one in this country of approximately 28 million has been left untouched by the disaster.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
An Unexpected Superfood: All About Eggs
About 40 years ago, excessive dietary cholesterol was labeled a public health concern. Specifically, it was thought that there was a causal link between consumption of cholesterol-laden foods and increased risk of heart disease.
Integrative Sports Medicine
One of the most rewarding and challenging clinical scenarios is the treatment of athletes.
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
Exercise Recommendations for Healthy Aging
Aging is inevitable, but how you age is not. Common physical signs of aging include decreased muscle mass, decreased muscular power, increased body fat, and decreased aerobic (lung) capacity.
It's Time to Wake Up
It is time for this profession to wake up and tell someone about the healing benefits of acupuncture. This is the time for Asian Medicine. Its popularity, growth and unusual acceptance is nothing short of amazing.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 1
All humans, by the very nature of being human, will experience moments of trauma and suffering. What, then, makes the difference in how the individual who experiences trauma, suffering, and spiritual loss reacts to such experiences?
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
What to do When Today Sucks
Have you ever had one of those days when nothing went the way it should have? The patient with migraines got worse instead of better from a treatment similar to one you've effectively used on him before.
Online Marketing Basics: Website Creation
The various online marketing options make it a challenge, especially when all you want to do is help your patients feel better. With such a broad topic, I'm going to share some basics you should know about website creation.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
Acupuncture Treatment of Trauma in the Canine
From 1972 until 1976, John Ottaviano and I were treating dogs at five different veterinary clinics in the Los Angeles county area. Usually, we were at a clinic for seven to eight hours.
ASA Ready to Impact Profession
The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) is a 501(c)6 (pending), not-for-profit collaboration among state based, acupuncturist professional associations.
Preaching to the Choir: How to Extend Our Reach Beyond the CAM Community
Professional conferences offer unique opportunities to network, be exposed to cutting-edge innovators, share your interests and work, and be inspired.
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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