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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
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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