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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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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."
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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