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Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
October, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 10
Four Essential Steps to a Client-Rich Prosperous Practice
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC
Ivonne felt like Calgary's best-kept secret when she first called me for advice. A wise and witty CranioSacral Therapist with years of training and experience, she'd been holding herself back, struggling to find her voice so she could attract more clients with ease and sincerity. "It's crazy," she said. "I believe in what I do, but I still have a hard time telling people about it."
I agreed. It is crazy.
This may sound scandalous, but as far as I'm concerned, when you're doing something that good for the world and you love it, marketing is a moral obligation, not just a good business practice. Fortunately there are simple ways to align your communications with your integrity so you can step out of the shadow of fear and doubt to attract more clients in an authentic way. Like Ivonne, you can grow a client-rich prosperous practice and follow these four essential steps:
Step 1: Uncover the Spiritual Foundation of Your Practice
Your practice has its own distinct purpose to serve, and it's even more than just making people feel better. When you dig deep to reveal the spiritual foundation of your practice, you open up a stream of energy that inspires you to connect with people in remarkable ways.
Ivonne discovered that she carries the energy of two dynamic archetypes in her practice: the Alchemist who's devoted to complete transformation, and the Explorer who pioneers the discovery of our truth. By tapping the magnetic power of those archetypes, she's creating a business identity that lights her up from within and makes it more of a thrill to share her message of health and hope.
Step 2: Craft a Compelling Marketing Message
Do you ever feel like you leave your body when someone asks, "What do you do?" That's a common condition for therapists like Ivonne who practice light-touch therapies that are hard to explain. Here's a quick tip that'll take some pressure off: No one really wants to know what you do. They want to know what you can do for them. When you craft a marketing message that speaks to the needs and desires of your ideal prospects, they can see themselves in your message. And self-select themselves as your clients.
Now Ivonne's marketing message clearly identifies the symptoms and conditions her ideal clients are struggling with. It shows them what their lives can look like on the other side of their stress and pain.
Step 3: Design a Systematic Communications Protocol
Like any relationship, the one you have with your clients goes through several stages before they find their way to your treatment table. When you weave your marketing message into complementary materials that lead people step-by-step to your door, the process becomes much easier and more enjoyable for you.
Ivonne decided to connect with potential clients through high-tech, high-touch methods that draw on her natural strengths. She now has a warm, inviting Web site at www.withinthewave.com that offers visitors a complimentary gift. She shares transformational stories in a newsletter that establishes her as a therapeutic guide. She also gives short phone sessions to erase any last doubts before someone books a session.
When you're designing your own communications protocol, remember that each piece should only lead your potential clients to the next step. Your business cards and brochures should get people to your Web site. Your Web site should get visitors on a list where you can treat them to valuable information each month. Your monthly communications should share your wisdom, compassion and expertise. That way, by the time you have someone on the phone, they already know you're the right therapist for them. Then they're on their way to your table.
Step 4: Open Your Arms Wide to Receive
Let's face it, having more clients doesn't always mean having more money. When you're subconsciously programmed to receive only so much, you'll find clever ways to turn money away or lose it as fast as you gain.
Through a series of conversations together, Ivonne found out where her internal money speedometer was set. In one amusing moment she blurted out, "I can't believe how badly I've been treating money. If I was money, I wouldn't want to be in a relationship with me!"
By recognizing her patterns and making the decision to shift them, she's opening her prosperity channels. And learning how to charge what she's worth and get it. Today Ivonne is a far more confident communicator than she was when we first spoke. She's writing, she's speaking, she's even singing. She found her voice, and each week she's attracting new clients who are fortunate beneficiaries of her transformation.
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