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The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
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.
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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
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.
April, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 04
Competition: Celebrated or Feared?
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
There is no doubt there are more massage therapists than ever. Competition is inevitable in this industry as new practices and spas open in our neighborhoods and compete for the same clients. More schools are opening in record numbers, pumping out graduates who will open practices right next door. In fact, according to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), there are approximately 300,000 massage therapists in America, and that number is only growing. Should this be a concern? Are you worried about your existing practice and how competition will impact your income? Well, of course you are.
Competition is everywhere and it's important to recognize it. It would be irresponsible to assume you are untouchable or won't be affected by competition. But I don't think competition has to be as negative as some people think. All too often I hear my consulting clients complain about and fear a new business opening across the street. They become paranoid about it. They think their businesses will crumble with another business so close. This does not have to be the case. In fact, it can have a positive impact on your business. Let me explain.
There are solid statistics supporting the theory that there is more than enough business for everyone, regardless of competition. Studies indicate that only half of the population in the U.S. is receiving any type of bodywork, including chiropractic. That means for every two people you meet, one has never had a massage before. That's a lot of potential clients. It's up to you to convert those people to clients. How? Through grassroots education. Many people still think of massage as something to do with "extra" money spent on a "treat." Of course, that perspective is changing, but I bet those 50 percent of "non-massage recipients" fall into that category. Either that or they just don't know about the benefits of massage, which is where we come in. Talk to everyone. Share what you do and how it works. Convert that 50 percent of the population not receiving massage into clients.
Another reason competition is good can be explained with the following story. Have you ever purchased something, for example a Volkswagen Jetta, and noticed that all of a sudden there were Jettas everywhere? What happened? Did everyone run out and buy the same car overnight? Of course not. You just tuned into the Jetta craze. You adjusted your frequency to be more aware of the car you just purchased. Well, the same goes for massage. The more people who see it exists, the more their frequency will become attuned to it. As a potential client, if you see signs for massage, massage, massage, you will become aware of it, invite it into your consciousness and wonder, what's it all about? How can I get some of that? I always tell my consulting clients that if a practice opens right next door, it's a good thing, even if the new practice has a bigger sign. Welcome it and celebrate it. It's like free advertising for your business.
Another statistic that should put your mind at ease about competition involves the burnout rate for massage therapists. According to the AMTA, the average career life span for massage therapists is between seven and eight years. Of course, there are exceptions to that statistic and if you are one of them, congratulations. Therapists seem to be leaving the industry due to physical and emotional burnout. How to combat burnout and avoid it altogether is a topic for another time. In terms of competition, this is a plus. If therapists are leaving the industry every seven or eight years, where are their clients going? Moreover, we love those clients because they already are "trained." They already have an affinity for massage, have scheduled it into their lives and are used to paying for it. They are trained clients and in need of finding a replacement for the therapist who has just left the industry. That's where you come in.
As you can tell from the enormous growth spurt in the industry, there is competition coming in full force. It doesn't have to be a negative thing, and you can rise above it and use it to your advantage. Be true to yourself; do the best job you can do; stay current with marketing and techniques; and talk to everyone you meet. Competition will do the same, but in the end, the buzz created will help everyone's business.
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