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The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
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It was with great interest that I read "Trouble in the Wellness Waters?" in the May 1, 2015 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic. I heartily applaud Dr. Hayes for his insightful and informative article.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Why More Patients Don't Come to Your Office
Every so often, something turns out to be much easier than anticipated. It's like ordering a piece of furniture or a child's toy that comes in 167 pieces.
Troubleshooting: Billing Multiple Fees for the Same Service
I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot bill different fees for the same service.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Managed Care Subverts Chiropractic
A study published in the American Journal of Managed Care underscores why so many chiropractic patients go out of network in order to get the care they need: Managed care may be effectively locking them out.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Thinking About Cohen's Kappa
Let's think about some notions of reliability and validity, and about what it means for diagnostic examiners to agree in meaningful ways. Diagnostic tests must obviously be both reliable and valid.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Active Care for Ankle Sprains
An ankle sprain is a common injury, since this joint is required to perform complex movements under high forces during normal walking. In fact, 10 percent of all emergency-room visits are ankle-sprain related and an estimated 25,000 ankle sprains occur in the United States daily.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
When Patients Lie (Bribe or Flatter)
Recently, a new patient told me about what I thought was a novel twist on the doctor-patient relationship. She felt she had to lie to her DC to discontinue her treatment.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update and Review of Mechanisms
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
A Tribute to a True Chiropractic Leader
President of Texas Chiropractic College (alumnus, class of 1950) and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Board of Governors. President of the Texas Chiropractic Association and twice-appointed member of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
Do You Have a Post-ICD-10 Strategy?
Post-ICD-10 planning is critically important to the health of a practice, in part because ICD-10 is brand new to providers, payers and related affiliates alike.
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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