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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.
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?
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.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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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