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Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
Abdominal Acupuncture for Eye Healing: The Sacred Turtle and Ba Gua Map
Our ideas about western medicine have shifted in recent decades, while the public is asking more from health care providers.
A War You Can Help Patients Win
The average American consumes approximately 60 percent of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils. A donut is a good example of a so-called "food" that represents these calorie sources.
Online Marketing Basics: Google Ranking, Part 1
We all know there is so much opportunity with online marketing. And, let's face it, if you don't have a presence online with a website and social media, you are probably not where you want to be.
Medicine as Metaphor
The practice of medicine is both an art and a science. We study and learn the system so that when the time comes to apply it, there is a greater possibility of successfully helping others.
Can Acupuncture Treat Knee Pain?
Recently, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that, "neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function" among older chronic knee pain patients.
Colon Health and TCM
I still remember many years ago, the loud "Yuck" from my wife at the time when we were together watching the Chinese movie "Last Emperor."
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
Melatonin: A Promising Natural Agent in the Prevention of ALS
A number of years ago, experimental studies suggested melatonin could block key steps in the development of Alzheimer's disease, primarily by acting as a brain antioxidant and inhibiting the build-up of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain.
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
Exploring and Learning from the Gift of Life
I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to teach cadaver dissection classes and workshops with Stephen Cina at the New England School of Acupuncture over the past seven years, first through the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program and later as a NESA elective course.
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 3
Dr. Nguyen Nghi (NVN) was born in Vietnam and is one of the most important scholars, writers, teachers and practitioners of modern time. Many of his theories and applications are the source of modern teachers from Europe and the United States.
The Art of Creating a Healing Space
I always advise my graduates to examine their group practice or treatment rooms with fresh eyes after they leave my CE workshops. I tell them, "Ask yourselves - is your space qi filled, welcoming and healing? Or is it cold and clinical?"
The Integrative Medicine Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
The conversation is changing in the broader healthcare community with patients actually moving the discussion toward more integrative topics. Patients today want to know their options.
The Roots of TCM in Depression Treatment
In traditional Chinese medicine, there is historical precedent for the treatment of so-called "Shen" (Heart-Mind) disorder, or disorder/dysregulation of the spirit, which is also considered as distinct but not separate from the cognitive function of the brain.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
Adding Microneedling to Your Clinic for Results and Profit
Microneedling has taken the beauty world by storm over the last 10 years. Under the names dermaroller, microneedling or skin needling you will see these treatments listed in the services of nearly every fashionable beauty salon and day spa in the country.
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
August, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 08
Summer Survival Tips
By Angie Patrick
Summer weather is upon us and it's getting hotter by the day! However, many might be feeling the heat from a different source. With virtually every media outlet espousing the declining state of the economy - the bad housing market, and the price of groceries, oil and gas higher than ever - it's easy to become a bit worried about how to make ends meet.
For many, summertime flags a natural slowing in business as more people opt to spend more time outside, on vacation or relaxing with friends rather than visiting their spa or local therapist. How can you combat this? How can you stand up against the wave of negative forecasts of our economy and the slowing of business? A great way to begin is to change the way you think about yourself and your services. Here are a few ideas to help you get through the summer and not only make ends meet, but also make a little extra!
Make each client count. Typically, we can depend on our regular clientele to come and get their massage. We also calculate in our heads how much money this appointment will net. During slower times, these clients are more important than ever. To make sure you're getting the most out of each session, you should ask yourself a few questions. "Have I done all I can to provide this client with a full array of treatment options?" "Have I offered them each and every home-care item they might need to feel well between visits?" Once you take a moment to evaluate these questions, you might find you're leaving income on the table. Let's take a look at a couple of ways you can improve your bottom line.
Providing your clients with an array of treatment options might sound a little foreign to some. Conventional wisdom dictates you only offer the client what they ask for and no more. Well, those days are over, and good riddance! Many of today's clients are savvy to the offerings in regular day spas and likely are open to having them offered by their preferred therapist. For instance, your 1 p.m. appointment is for a deep-tissue massage. Typically, you charge them your regular rate, and in one hour, you're wrapping up and moving on. What if you had a couple of add-on treatments available for your client to choose from? Something simple like a foot exfoliation and refresher, or perhaps a scalp-massage treatment. Offer these to your client for an additional $15 to $20 each, spend another 10 to 20 minutes, and provide the client with a wonderful a-la-carte experience.
If you already have won the business of the client, make sure you're doing all you can to retain that business and not allow it to be romanced away from you by someone offering a few more "pampering" treatments. There are a number of easy-to-learn protocols available from the Internet, as well as supply companies. Do a little research and learn a few of these jewels to tuck up your sleeve. You would be surprised how many people will take you up on your offer for expanded services.
Some therapists feel uncomfortable selling home care products to their clients. This is a concept I have a difficult time understanding. After all, aren't therapists looked upon to be a health care professional? As a health care professional, shouldn't it be incumbent upon you to provide every opportunity you can to relieve your client's pain or lower their stress? This is what the client expects from you, and if they don't feel you are providing it, they might find someone else who does.
It's not difficult to retail items to your clients. You don't have to be pushy or bold, just earnest in what you suggest. For example, you know your client could benefit from a topical analgesic and yet you don't offer it. The client inevitably will find the information somewhere else and then wonder why you didn't mention it. Another scenario: you have a client you feel would benefit from resistance-band stretching or working on an exercise ball. You express this to your client, and when you see them next, you learn they went to the store and bought everything you suggested. This is indeed good news, as it will help the client. However, you left income on the table because you didn't offer these items for sale. You should think of yourself as a one-stop shop and have a few things on hand you feel comfortable in suggesting so the client can buy them from you instead of the big-box store down the street.
Making the most out of every client opportunity is not anything you should feel badly about. In fact, if you present suggestions from your heart and with the intent to truly help your client, you actually are providing better care. While you're a bit slower in the coming months, take this time to learn a few new mini-protocols. Do a little research about products you might suggest in the future and decide which ones will work best for your practice. Ultimately, make a commitment to "give yourself permission" to branch out a little and try new things. It could add black ink to your bottom line in the long run.
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