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TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
August, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 08
The Importance of Reactivating Clients
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
Where, oh where, have my former clients gone? This is a question we all ask ourselves. Whatever happens to some clients? Was it something we said or something we did or didn't do? In order to be successful and have a full practice, it's important to understand why clients stay and why clients leave your practice.Some of the answers might surprise you. Some reasons make sense and others are beyond our control. Whatever the answers, information is power and it's imperative to the success of your business to understand what is happening and what you can do about it.
So, you have been seeing a client for several years and, all of a sudden, they disappear. They don't reschedule and they don't call. What happened? Well, short of asking them (and I do suggest that therapists survey some of their closer clients for these answers), you cannot assume you know the answer.
Some of the reasons clients discontinue treatment are: relocation; job change; loss of job; they are not getting the same value or perceived benefits; they are not interested in trying new modalities in health care; loss of interest; they found a more suitable therapist for them at that time; they are no longer satisfied with the services; they had a bad experience; they don't have a good reason and finally, you are out of sight, out of mind.
As you can see from the list, some things have nothing to do with you and would not warrant you trying to reactivate them. If a client moves out of state, unless they come back to visit friends, you are not likely to see them on your table again. Depending on how long your therapeutic relationship has been, you may have known about their relocation in advance.
I have found that when most clients discontinue treatment, they do so because you have slipped from their minds and consciousness. You know the saying, "Out of sight, out of mind." Nothing could be truer in the massage industry, especially in the absence of pain. If your client is in pain, massage may be at the forefront of their minds. If you provide relaxation and maintenance massages, you easily might slip from people's minds as they go about their daily activities.
So, what to do? REACTIVATE THEM. After all, reactivating is easier and less expensive then drumming up new clients. Since you already have enjoyed a therapeutic relationship with these people, they trust you, they like you and they have an affinity for massage. In essence, they are already trained. All you have to do is plant the seed and call them back into your practice. You might need to provide an incentive, but it's well worth it.
Here is what reactivation looks like in my practice. When I have not seen a client for about two months, I send a handwritten letter. I find the personal touch is better and clients seem to respond more favorably than an e-mail or phone call. In it, I say that I am thinking of them, that I hope they are well and taking care of themselves and that I am here for them if they need a massage. That's it. Sometimes I follow it up with a phone call a week later, but often the phone is ringing before I get the chance.
The response is amazing. I have about a 75 percent reactivation success rate. My former clients are delighted I thought of them and wished them well. They are surprised I took the time to contact them and they usually are very anxious to resume the therapeutic relationship.
Reactivation does not have to be complicated and can be very successful. If you go through your files on a monthly basis, you probably can find a few clients each month to reach out to. I send about two or three reactivation letters each month and it keeps the energy of the practice flowing. If you really believe in taking care of your clients, this step should be very easy for you.
Now that you have them back in your practice, you must keep them there. Remember, they probably dropped off because you were out of sight and out of mind. So how do you fix that? Well, that's a topic for another article.
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