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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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
January, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 01
How to Make Word-of-Mouth Marketing Work for You
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC; guest author for John Upledger, DO, OMM
When it comes to getting new client referrals, it is great when you can depend on your current clients word-of-mouth marketing. Those trust-inspiring testimonials that take place when satisfied clients tell their friends about you can make all the difference and lead the way for a successful business. But here's the secret: Effective word-of-mouth marketing doesn't happen by accident. You may be a gifted therapist with scores of satisfied clients. However, once these clients leave your office, they don't think about you. Instead, they think about how great they feel and then go on with their busy lives.
That's why you need a plan to rev up your word-of-mouth marketing engine. Follow these five simple steps and you'll bring in new referrals before you know it.
Step 1: Make a Profile of Your Perfect Patient
Not all referrals are created equal. Remember that client who never stopped complaining? Or the one who wanted to lie on the table and have you "fix" him? You may not want more of those same attitudes on your table in the future. Before you ask for referrals, be selective of who you ask. Take time to jot down a personality profile of your ideal client; those people who gave you more energy, more joy. Note: To get a complete picture, include both demographics (facts like age, gender and occupation) and psychographics (characteristics that focus on lifestyles, attitudes and preferences).
Step 2: Put Your Request in Writing
Do you get tongue-tied asking for a referral? There's no need to put yourself on the spot. Simply draft a referral letter to your current clients (the ones you would like to have more of). Tell those "perfect patients" how much you would enjoy filling your practice with others just like them. Then ask if they know anyone else who can benefit from your services. When your request comes from the heart, that warmth is likely to be appreciated - and returned.
Step 3: Be Effective, Get Specific
Remember that old computer adage, "Garbage in, garbage out"? The same concept applies when you're asking someone to "Google" their mental database for referral prospects. The more specific your input, the more effective the results.
For CranioSacral therapists, I recommend: "CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, light-touch approach that releases tensions in the central nervous system so that every other system in the body can relax and self-correct." Being specific will help your clients identify solid prospects and pass on a good word about you.
Step 4: Offer a Risk-Free Step
No matter how strong your ethics or boundaries are - a therapeutic relationship that relies on touch is still considered an intimate one by your clients. Even someone who is referred may not feel comfortable enough to climb right onto your table. That is why it helps to buildrapport with prospective patients by suggesting a risk-free next step. Ask your clients to steer prospects to your Web site where you will invite them to the risk-free next step: a 15-minute phone consultation (at absolutely no charge to them).
Step 5: Make It a Habit
The easiest way to get consistent referrals is to take consistent action. Make it a habit. Create a referral letter template on your computer. Then, whenever you work with someone you enjoy, personalize that letter and pop it in the mail with some business cards.
When your word-of-mouth marketing system becomes second nature, it will take on a life of its own and breathe new life into your practice.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
Click here for more information about Sharon Desjarlais, CC.
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