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The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
August, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 08
How Special Do Your Clients Feel?
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
Your clients are your greatest asset. There is no doubt about it. Since that is the case, it's in your best interest to make them feel as special as possible, especially if you want to keep them coming back.There is a sea of massage therapists out there these days and competition is tougher than ever. How do you keep the clients you have and attract new ones? Simple - make them feel special.
Well, I said it was simple but it must not be, judging how few therapists actually do this simple step. I believe the variance of your success boils down to how special you make your client feel. If diligently pursued, your client will feel special and repeat business is guaranteed. Strong client relationships are the main key in keeping your clients feeling like the most important thing in your practice. And isn't that the goal? Make them feel as if we are there for them and have nothing better to do than care for them? If done correctly, a client relationship will be established immediately and you will build a large practice based on repeat, and fulfilled, customers.
One of the easiest things to do for a client relationship is to use the client's name during conversation. Studies show people respond to the sound and sight of their name. Whether you use it in conversation or on a birthday card, the use of a name establishes a personal connection. Next time you see a new client, try to use their name at least two times during the intake interview. For example, "Tell me what brings you here today, Mr. Smith." or "How long have you had the shoulder problem, Ms. Jones?" It's so simple but has such a positive impact.
Another way to establish a relationship and make a client feel special is to be totally present and "in the moment" with them. How much multitasking happens in today's society? Way too much. If a client can slow down and feel like we are with them, "in the moment" solely focused on them, it will bring pleasure that is hard to match elsewhere. Easy to say, tough to do.
Set the tone from the start. When a client walks in, is your desk covered with piles of paper and charts? Are you in the middle of answering a call or recording SOAP notes from the last session? Make it a goal to have a clear desk and a clear mind so when your client walks in the door, the illusion is created that there are no distractions and nothing else but them in the room. If you need to ask the client to wait a minute for you to tidy up, so be it. It's better to run a minute late than have a client walk in and see the chaos of your mind or your desk. An organized environment is very powerful visually and will have lasting effects on the client.
Unlike the product industry, we can't put a price on the relationship we have with our clients. The value should be priceless. Clients are becoming more discerning and competition is fierce, so the relationship we establish with our clients should be a large priority. Focus on making them feel special and the rewards of repeat business will be plentiful.
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