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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 04
The Ultimate Source of Your Practice Success
By Kevin Doherty, LAc, MS
What is the single greatest determinant in the success of your massage practice? The economy? Your skill set? How many people you know? How well you market your services? If you answered none of the above, you are correct. So, what is the answer? I'll get to that in a second.
First, let me tell you a story about how I built my acupuncture practice (the same principles apply to your massage practice) in a few short months and have continued to grow for the past several years. First of all, let me say up front that I am not a networker. I am fairly introverted and would never consider standing on a street corner handing out 1,000 cards to everyone who walked by or introduce myself to strangers who are in obvious need of my services. Some people have become successful using such approaches, but I have not.
Second, I also should say that I have not spent thousands of dollars on marketing my practice. I have never done display ads or direct mailings. I have always managed to keep my marketing costs extremely low. While I have made a commitment to market my services in a variety of cheap and creative ways, I don't really see this as the single greatest determinant for my success.
The single greatest determinant of your success is what is taking place in your own mind. How you perceive yourself and your services will set the foundation for how successful you are as a massage therapist. If your core belief system is that you are the "go-to" person for massage therapy in your area, this will be reflected back to you in the form of clients who eagerly seek out your services. If you believe the market is saturated or it's really hard to make it then guess what the universe will reinforce back to you?
What we are talking about here is the law of attraction, which has been accepted as a universal truth in quantum physics. The basic idea here is that the universe always is mirroring back to us what we believe to be true. If we believe in abundance, we will attract abundant circumstances. If we believe in scarcity, we will attract circumstances of hardship.
Whatever its cause, a crucial step to boundless success is relinquishing beliefs of scarcity, competition and struggle. There are many massage therapists out there who have done all the right things to market their practice; know they are good at what they do; and have a passion for their craft. But they still haven't even scraped the surface of their actual potential for practice success. This endlessly frustrating trend drives many healing arts practitioners out of business, convinced that it's simply impossible to make a decent living. Their beliefs are sending out an energetic frequency that attracts back to them the opposite of what they really want.
So, how do we cultivate a prosperity mentality and align ourselves with the magnetics of abundance and success? First, we have to be really honest with ourselves and identify any tendency we have to sabotage our success based on our perceptions and beliefs. This is a huge part of healing this core obstacle to success. If we are aware of deflating beliefs, their hold on us is immediately weakened. The next step is simply choosing to adopt a radically new perspective on our situation regardless of what is showing up in the external world.
Keeping it practical means that if we are only seeing two clients per week, we visualize, feel and expect 20 clients per week. We take our focus off of how frustrating and stressful it is to be seeing so few clients and we put our focus on the potential of 20 clients per week as if it is happening already.Visualize, feel and be the fruition of your practice goals as if they are happening already. No separation, no point in the future when it may happen - it's here already. If you do this all of the time and combine it with the right marketing strategies, you inevitably will attract a flood of clients to your practice. This is the ultimate source of your practice success.
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