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Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
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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