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Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
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.
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 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.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
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.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
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.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
December, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 12
Built by the People for the People
By Angie Patrick
It seems the American public is joining together more and more to affect change in our government, our society, and our world. We yearn to make the environments we live in, the economic climates, as well as the global political and socioeconomic climates more comfortable and far more stable.Once we have seen how much better something can be with a little effort put forth, we want to share this information with others. Thus, the groundswell of change begins. This is quite simply human nature and it is an admirable quest; one we have all been exposed to and certainly have been a part of in some form or fashion.
If we can take this same human trait and improve upon our surroundings and share positive and worthwhile information to affect change and turn it to benefit our practices, it is quite feasible that we might see our practices double or even triple in a short time frame. But how can this happen? How do we tap into that human need for sharing good news and information and somehow manage to grow our business? It is not as difficult as you may think. We simply make the public work for us.
By nature, your best friend will unabashedly share with you the enormous 75-percent-off deal she got on the brand new pair of strappy sandals at that absurdly expensive designer store. The same friend will give you insight on the very best place to find sushi, and perhaps even know when "happy hour" is, or even have a "2 for 1" coupon in her purse so you can go and enjoy without breaking the sushi budget. We all know this girl, and we all love her because she is fun, enjoys life, and knows how to get the most out of it.
This is the personality we want to "hire" to grow our business; people who want to enjoy their world, but are not overly extravagant; especially in this uncertain economic climate. So the way to get this "new hire" to work for you is to give them something juicy to share with others. Provide them with the tools they need to be encouraged to share your unbelievable promotion with everyone they know. In no time, the news about your latest promotion will have spread as fast as a funny video on YouTube, and you have done nothing more than plant the seeds.
Your promotion should be something that will motivate the person to want to share the information. Perhaps your promotion is: "Get a free massage when you organize an office-chair massage day." The new hire will be encouraged to share the cool idea about having massage come to the workplace because of her need to improve her environment and that of those she cares about; but this also motivates her personally with the promise of free massage for sharing the idea and facilitating its implementation. So now, we have our friend out there, not only discussing what a great idea it would be to begin massage in her office, but she is sharing it with folks from other offices in her building, as well as at the café where she gets her morning coffee. What a great employee/ambassador we have just hired, and it didn't really cost us a thing!
Promotions can be as simple or as elaborate as you would like to make them. For me, I believe starting out simple makes the most sense. At least until you become an old pro at making these work. For instance, perhaps you offer a free massage for every four massages booked. People will see this as a tremendous value, and may possibly go ahead and book five sessions to make sure they take you up on that offer! This person will likely go back to their workplace and share the information with others. Why not make it simple for them by providing a few business cards with this offer printed in the back? Write their name on the card, and let them know they can earn additional free massages when their friends book five. Who hates free massage? Nobody! And it is a personal incentive to ensure they share the information they want to spread anyway!
Maybe you partner with a bridal store and offer the owner or manager a free massage when they share your information and a bride books a "bridesmaid spa party." How about the same idea at a tuxedo-rental company? Maybe you contact your local jewelers and work out a promotion offering a free massage with the purchase of bridal sets? How about your local travel agent? Offer the agent a free massage when they refer someone and you get a booking for your "pre-vacation" stress-buster massage. This would surely get the potential client in the mood for a relaxing vacation and start the experience off on the right foot!
There are a number of ways to create the extra enthusiasm in people to desire to share good news and great deals. Use your imagination and be creative! Tap into that primal instinct we all have to share good news, and "hire" some new employees to spread the word! No doubt your business will thank you for it!
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