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Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
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.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
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.
Click here for previous articles by Jenn Sommermann, LCMT.
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