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Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
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.
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