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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.
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.
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.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
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.
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."
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
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.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
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.
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?
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.
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.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
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.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
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.
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.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
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.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
November, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 11
A Few Shameless Self-Promoting Tips to Build Your Practice
By Angie Patrick
Promoting your business does not need to be a huge task weighed down with labor and expense. Often, all you need is a groundswell of ideas, and then follow with a little effort. Before you know what hit, you could in the enviable position of having a plethora of customers and needing to clone yourself to keep up with demand.
Some of the best promotions are the easiest to do. For example, let's say that your goal is to learn about potential customers in your local community interested in the services you provide. You could pay a marketing guru tons of money to buy lists and build campaigns, or you could take on the task yourself with some simple ideas. All you need is the willingness to give a couple of hours of your time a week to make this qualified prospect list grow.
We have all been in the local lunch spot and witnessed the goldfish bowl at the cash register offering a chance to win a cruise or family vacation if you put in your business card. By the end of the week, this bowl is filled with names, addresses and contact numbers for people interested in cruises and family vacations; a list any travel agent would want to cultivate. What if we took that same idea, but instead of a vacation, we gave away a massage or spa treatment. Would it not stand to reason that the business cards and information amassed in this little goldfish bowl of opportunity would encompass people who are specifically interested in massage and spa treatments? By giving away one massage a week, you can increase the number of qualified prospects to whom you can market exponentially, for no cash outlay and only an hour's worth of your time.
Let's now imagine you have these little bowls in several locations throughout your local area. Your information base is growing, and now you are ready to make the decisions on how you will draw in the customer prospects to become legitimate paying customers. You already know these contacts are in your local area, have disposable income (since they are buying lunch out instead of brown-bagging it) and are interested in what you can provide. How do we make this information work for us?
The first step is to organize your information. A simple Excel spreadsheet can organize your information and keep your database of interested potential clients in a manageable form. There are a number of software applications that can also manage this task such as ACT or Microsoft Access. You can create mailing labels for outbound mail marketing or amass a list of customers to e-mail special offers and promotions. These are the beginning building blocks for your business customer base, so treat this information like gold. It will pay off for you in the long run.
Postcard mailers are an effective means to reach your target and offer a "Special Introductory Offer for New Customers." You can offer a 20 percent discount, or a free gift on their first visit. Consider offering packages providing deep savings on multiple bookings. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Just remember the offer must be compelling enough to call the prospect to action, making them want to take advantage of the opportunity you have presented to them.
Once you have booked your customer, be sure to follow their visit with a personalized thank-you card. This will make the customer feel very special and is a great way to build a relationship with your new client. A great idea is to include three or four business cards with your card, and offer a free massage for every customer that books with you based on their referral. Word-of-mouth is priceless and can pay huge dividends when your client has yet another incentive to spread the good word about you.
Remember special occasions and be sure your client knows you care. Always gather information such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc on the client intake form. Making a point to wish someone a happy birthday or sending a little reminder that their anniversary is just around the corner can make you look like a hero for caring enough to track this kind of information. Often, it can result in a booking, especially if the reminder is accompanied by an offer.
Promotion is easy and effective when it is done with attention to detail. Cultivate your client base by providing quality goods and services, and always acting with integrity. Your customers will recommend you to their friends, purchase your gift certificates and frequent your storefront for their own needs. A little investment of your time and attention can result in positive cash flow for you and your business.
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