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A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
October, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 10
The Media is the Massage
By Cary Bayer
The medium is the message. – Marshall McCluhan
One of the first things that a journalist learns is to ask and get answers for the five key questions: who, what, when, where and how.In a previous article, you learned what to say in an ad. In another one, you learned how to say what you want to say. In this one, you’ll learn where to say what you want to say.
The ads to which I’m referring are one of two types: either the retail-oriented ad (e.g. “half-price special for new clients,” or “buy one, get one free”), or the image ad that positioned you uniquely in the marketplace. While there is an art to how to communicate in an ad, there’s not a precise science to where to communicate, even though media specialists in advertising agencies ply their sophisticated demographic and psychographic analyses trying to make it as scientific as possible.
For a massage therapist promoting a discount pricing ad to attract new clients, there’s a bit of trial and error that will probably be necessary. The following media outlets are ones that you’ll likely wish to experiment with:
Depending on where you live, you may not have all these options available to you. If, for example, you live in New York City, you’ll have a multitude of these options, but there likely won’t be a weekly community newspaper for which you are asked to pay. If, on the other hand, you live in Woodstock, NY, there’s a paid weekly community newspaper but not a daily one. The options available for each media outlet are as follows:
Daily newspaper: In large metropolitan areas, advertising in the daily newspaper is going to be too expensive for most massage therapists. However, there are quite a few small cities that offer affordable daily papers. The Boca News in Boca Raton, for example, can be an excellent media choice for a south-Florida LMT.
The advantage of using an inexpensive daily in a small city is that it reaches a large audience. The disadvantages are three-fold: the potentially high cost for ad space; not everyone who sees your ad is interested in massage; and you are paying to reach some readers in further areas of distribution who might not want to drive that far to get a massage.
Weekly community free newspaper: Most communities feature a free newspaper that reports on local news and incorporates advertisements from local businesses. The cost is very affordable and everyone who reads the ad is located close to your massage table. The negatives in promoting your services here are two-fold: not everyone who reads the paper is particularly interested in getting massaged, and not everyone who receives the paper reads it very closely.
Paid weekly community newspaper: In Woodstock, residents are eager for Thursday afternoon arrival of the Woodstock Times, a well-written and well-liked weekly paper. If you’re a massage therapist in this newspaper’s distribution area and you’re contemplating advertising your services, this option is a no-brainer. If you live in an area that lacks a daily paper but has a paid weekly one, chances are strong that this is the first place to consider when advertising.
The major pros here are: a well-read paper, affordable costs, and most people are within driving distance of your table. The major con, again, is that not everyone who sees your offer is interested.
Free monthly or bi-monthly wellness newspaper/magazine: Not every community gives people access to a free monthly or bi-monthly wellness publication. But if yours does (and most populated areas now do, as the Natural Awakenings regional franchise business model has spread far and wide), this is an outstanding option.
The advantages are that virtually everyone who reads your ad understands the importance and benefits of massage, and readers look at the ads far more closely than people leafing through their daily newspapers. The disadvantages are that because distribution can reach into the hundreds of miles, you wind up paying to reach a large number of readers who are not willing to drive to your table, and they’re too far for you to drive to them. In addition, the cost for advertising here might be too pricey for some LMTs.
Weekly or monthly cultural newspaper (free): This can be a good option for some LMTs. In the New York City area, for example, the legendary Village Voice is a good choice. However, most therapists don’t have this kind of publication as an option. The benefits to advertising here: Readers looking for good entertaining and culinary adventures check out the ads quite carefully. The downside: The price can be steep, and many readers might be unwilling to drive to see you.
Experiment with these media choices and see what works best for you. Keep careful records of the responses to your advertising in terms of numbers of people trying you out, and what percentage keep on seeing you. In most cases, all it takes is one ongoing client to make it worth your while to advertise in any of these media outlets.
Click here for previous articles by Cary Bayer.
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