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Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
July, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 07
Don't Discount a Discount
By Cary Bayer
In my previous column, I discussed how raising your self-esteem can have a profound effect on your income. It can help you raise your fees, while discounting yourself can lead to discounting your fees. There is one time that lowering fees can be wise.
A variation on a nursery rhyme will shed some light on this matter: This little therapist went to market, wisely pricing their services (and brought home lots of new clients). That little therapist stayed home because they felt uncomfortable "marketing" and hoped clients would come to them. And this little therapist (the first, that is) ran all the way home (to fill out deposit slips, which they promptly took to the bank, laughing all the way). OK, maybe not laughing all the way. Sometimes, when you update a nursery rhyme, you tap into childhood wisdom. Like show and tell, milk and cookies, and naptime.
Unfortunately, marketing and pricing were not taught in kindergarten (or in massage schools, for that matter), but nursery rhymes were, so you can profit from the hidden knowledge they can provide. By the time you were in kindergarten, you knew a few things about money and pricing - enough to know a good deal when you saw one. If mommy wouldn't buy you that toy you wanted in the supermarket for $10 because it cost too much, by the time it got reduced to $5, you might have reminded her of the bargain awaiting her.
Fast-forward 20, 30, 40, 50 or even 60 years. Now you're a professional massage therapist. Let's say you're a good one, which means you're gifted once people are on your table. If that's the case, it's important you spend time getting them to that table, because if you're good, they'll keep coming back for more. They want what you offer, and you're good at giving it to them. So, here's the $64,000 question: How do you get more of them there?
That's the question so many massage therapists ask me. There are, of course, many ways to do that. I'll describe one such way in this article. It's a surefire method for all therapists, but particularly for anyone who:
It's a technique that's been used successfully by many established businesses in many different industries. And it can work just as well in the massage business.
You've no doubt seen restaurants and retail stores in their first few weeks of operation. The "Grand Opening" signs are still up, the bunting is still present. Often, introductory prices are still in effect. All of this works to bring in customers, all of whom are new, since the business has just opened. Businesses do this because they know how valuable a new customer can be.
Massage therapists can profit from similar introductory sale prices. How many of you can resist a 50-percent off or 67-percent off sale at your favorite clothing boutique or department store? The reason the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year is because that's when stores from Maine to California discount their merchandise to stimulate holiday sales.
Who can resist a $60 massage marked down to $30 or even $20? Anyone who's ever enjoyed the benefits of massage would jump at the chance to get a massage for the price of a pair of movie tickets and popcorn. Sure, such deeply discounted prices might attract bargain hunters lured by a cut-rate massage who come just once because they'll buy anything once when the price is right. But the chances are outstanding that you'll attract many people already in the massage market - people who already are getting massaged regularly, but will try you out because of the sale. If they like you better than they do their current massage therapist, they'll switch to you in a New York minute.
Their next treatment also can be discounted from your normal rate if you inspire them to purchase a discounted, prepaid package of five or 10 treatments (as I've explained in previous columns). You'll also attract new people to massage, all of whom can become regular clients who come once a month, once every two weeks or once a week, and pay as they go.
My clients who have employed this strategy are finding surprising (to them, not me) results. One ad sometimes attracts several new clients, many of whom become regulars. Didn't realize getting a new client could be that easy? It can be.
As I mentioned above, it also can be a sound approach to market any new modality you've just incorporated into your work, such as Thai massage, hot stone, lomi lomi, and so on. If this pricing program delivers just one new client who comes to see you even once a month for three years, which seems to be in the ballpark of what an average client does, that client will be worth nearly $2,200 to your business. And that doesn't include the clients they refer to you. If someone told you that you could get $2,200 in new business by investing just $30 (the discount for an introductory session), wouldn't you jump at the chance to do it?
I thought so. So, what's stopping you?
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