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AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
June, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 06
The Winner of the Game
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
In my opinion, massage therapists' success rates are incredibly low. Of course, success means different things to different people, but I am talking about the kind of success that means being able to pay your bills and still have some funds left over for savings.All too often, I hear my colleagues talk about how difficult it is to make a living in this profession. Many therapists are forced to work a job in another profession to be able to support themselves and their families. There also is evidence to support the fact that many massage therapists leave the industry within three to five years. This is astounding to me, considering it takes a fair amount of time and money to become a massage therapist in the first place. Why are so many therapists not realizing success and leaving the industry too soon?
Attitude plays a large part in the big picture. I believe how you approach something has everything to do with its outcome. There is a mental strategy that might help some of you. It's a shift of mind, but it has very specific actions to back it up. Any mental practice is only as good as the actions that follow. Merely thinking about something doesn't work. What you do to make your thoughts an "action plan" will have everything to do with the results you achieve.
For the sake of argument, let's talk about success in terms of finances. Being able to pay your bills, put some away for savings and live comfortably is the goal. The first thing to do is have a mental shift in attitude. So, consider success in the massage industry a game. That's the first thing to think about. As with any game, someone comes out a winner. Everyone wants to be the winner, but not everyone can be. There have to be some losers. Unfortunately, there are a lot of losers in this industry; therapists who, for one reason or another, just can't make a go of it as a career. In my opinion, they have not taken the action steps to realize the success they want.
It's this simple. The winner of the game is the therapist who understands massage marketing and is willing to put the time and effort into it and apply it to their business. These are the action steps necessary to achieve the dream, accomplish the goals and obtain the success you desire. Without this effort and action plan, there is no success.
Amazing statistics support the notion that many more massage therapists can be successful in this industry. There also are statistics indicating the market is becoming saturated, with hundreds of graduates coming out of schools and more schools opening all the time. For example, the AMTA states there are 300,000 massage therapists in the U.S. Additionally, 47 million people received massages last year. No doubt, people are more willing than ever to spend money on their health care, paying to take care of themselves with personal training, chiropractic and massage. Ask yourself, what are you willing to do to tap into these clients and set yourself apart from the sea of other MTs?
The only thing that's going to determine whether you reap the rewards of a great economic time or suffer the pain of a saturated profession is your understanding of massage marketing and your willingness to sharpen your skills every year. That's right, every year. All too often, therapists flock to hands-on classes to sharpen their massage skills. The hope is that this will make them more successful. But this just isn't true. Successful massage therapists are the ones found in the marketing classes or the other practice-management seminars, reading literature on successful businesses and sharpening their business skills to take back to their practices. Once back on their home turf, they put the time and effort into what they've learned in order to apply these newfound skills.
Time and effort seem like vague terms, so let me elaborate with examples. When I say time, I mean about 20 percent of your anticipated client hours. If you want to see 20 clients per week, then four hours should be spent on marketing efforts per week. When I say effort, I mean doing something that might be outside your current comfort zone. Meeting new people and networking are the best ways to boost business. Commit to these things and watch your business and bank account grow.
I want you to be successful. I don't want you to be another statistic, leaving the industry after only three years. Be the therapist willing to learn about massage marketing and devote the energy necessary to achieve the dream of success. Set yourself apart from the others by committing to nothing less. This is my wish for you.
Click here for previous articles by Jenn Sommermann, LCMT.
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