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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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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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