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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.
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.
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.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
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."
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.
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.
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?
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of 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?
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.
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.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
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.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
April, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 04
Do Coupons Really Have Any “Redeeming” Value?
By Angie Patrick
I will answer that question with a resounding, YES!
Who among us does not absolutely love getting a discount? What kind of shopper does not browse the sale racks at their favorite store looking for the "killer" deal? And when someone compliments you on the great shoes you have on, can you truly resist telling them about the incredible deal you got? No, I would bet big money you share that information proudly and without hesitation.To shop smart is, well, just plain smart.
One of the biggest reasons people do not book regular massages often can be due to the expense. Sure, some of us enlightened ones know and understand the value of a massage for our overall physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. That does not mean that the monetary cost can't sometimes be prohibitive. Providing your customers a coupon or discounted offer often can be the catalyst that sparks the buying cue, and can sway the decision to get a massage.
Coupons offer other benefits as well. You can gain and retain more clients when they give your services a try in the first place. A well-placed coupon in the local grocery store mailer, local paper, or even on the back of your business card can begin the groundswell of first-time clients. Once they have tasted the sweet fruit of relaxation, another benefit of coupons begins to emerge.
Word-of-mouth referrals! This benefit is as good as gold, and is your best advertisement. Once you have made an impression on your client with your quality services, encourage them to spread the word and tell their friends, family and co-workers to visit you as well. Provide them with a referral card with their name on it. When someone brings in the card or mentions that your customer encouraged them to book an appointment, reward the referring customer with another coupon or discount. Maybe even offer a free 30-minute massage following a regular booking for two referred clients. This will provide added incentive for your clients to share the news that you are open for business and great at what you do.
Your coupons do not always need to be a discount off of your regular rates. Coupons can be as creative as your imagination. Maybe you offer a free candle when you book your next appointment. Perhaps you have other services such as a stone massage or paraffin dips for hands and feet. These are great "freebies" with a massage booking because the chances of someone wanting to book a service, once they have been exposed to what you have to offer, are greatly improved. Your next visit might include an up-sell or two. This results in greater revenue for you.
A final bit of advice, and certainly one I cannot stress enough, is to always redeem your coupons and gift certificates. If they have expired, redeem them anyway. The goodwill you will generate by doing the unexpected likely will net you additional customer loyalty, as well as the valued word-of-mouth promotion that works miracles. When you happily redeem an out-of-date coupon, you are sending a clear message that you know how to make a customer happy. This goes a long way in generating client satisfaction by exceeding their expectations.
Ultimately, the goal is simple: you want customers. Your objective with a coupon should be to accomplish at least one of the following: new business, repeat business, a referral or a buying response in your prospective clients. By creating clever ways to entice people to give your services a try, you can be certain your bottom line will see the reward.
Whether it's for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Secretary's Day, Groundhog Day, or any day at all, coupons can help you generate new business. It also is a wonderful way to show appreciation for your existing business. Try it for yourself and see why coupons do, indeed, have many redeeming values!
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