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It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
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.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
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.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
October, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 10
Gift-Giving Season Is Around the Corner. Are You Ready?
By Angie Patrick
Billy wants a new bicycle, Sally wants a new dollhouse, Johnny wants a new iPod. Kids are very articulate in their needs and wants for holiday gift giving. You might be hard pressed to find a young one that did not have clear cut ideas about what gift would make them happy, and be unable to find a way to share this information in detail with the would-be gift giver.
We are not so lucky with the remainder of our family and friends.Your mother may say, "Oh honey, I have everything I need!" Or your father may jokingly say, "Just pay your student loan. That is present enough for me!" Often, we find ourselves in the uncomfortable position of having no idea what to give as a thoughtful and show-stopping gift. And if YOU are feeling this way, you can bet your clients are in the same dilemma as well!
Your clients come to you because you relieve their stress. You are instrumental in their pain management and overall sense of well-being. You provide them a service that not only allows them time for personal relaxation, but also as a haven from the busy and harried life they lead. Believe it or not, you also have the power to alleviate much of their gift-giving angst, while allowing for a more free flow of black ink to your bottom line.
Gift certificates for your services are a fantastic way to provide your clients a means to be heroes to their friends, co-workers and family. By planting the seeds now, your future business can grow exponentially. Chances are the client will be buying a gift certificate for someone who has never experienced your massage before. There truly is no better means of promotion than referral. And if someone thinks enough of your services to give as gifts, that endorsement is like money in the bank.
These certificates for your services should be a nice presentation. There are so many pre-existing gift certificates on the market; you should have no trouble finding one that conveys the image and feeling you want to portray for your company. Additionally, there are a plethora of software and business graphics programs available for the computer savvy, which enable you to create a custom document unique to your tastes and company image.
One inexpensive addition to the presentation would be a tasteful gift box the certificate can be placed into. Nestle the certificate on a bed of raffia or cotton for additional impact. For the ultimate presentation, have a box of chocolates that accompany the gift certificate and gift box. This adds to the feeling of a true present, complete with the ability to be unwrapped and enjoyed immediately.
To build your business a bit faster, place an expiration date only six months away. This creates a small sense of urgency in the redemption of the certificate, as well as a faster opportunity to re-book the potential new client. Of course, I am a proponent of always honoring a gift certificate, regardless of the date. This date simply is a tool you can use to generate the new client business a bit faster. When you accept out-of-date gift certificates, you are conveying a sense of reliability and accommodation, and that goes a long way toward building a solid relationship with your potential new client.
With all the benefits of gift certificates, one often is overlooked. When you sell your gift certificates to your clients and relieve some of their gift- giving trauma, you also are providing yourself with a nice bit of income to buy and provide your own gift giving bonanza. In essence, this is, quite possibly, the all-purpose cure for gift giving season stress!
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