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Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
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.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
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.
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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