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If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
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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