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AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
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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