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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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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.
November, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 11
Planning for Seasonal Success All Year Long
By Angie Patrick
How can it already be November? Wasn't it just Labor Day a few weeks ago? It seems every year the holiday season creeps in faster and faster. True Story: The "big box" wholesale clubs in my area had Halloween and Christmas decorations out at the same time in August! I ventured into the mall (which I am mortified to admit) and found Christmas music playing in September.Any way you slice it, mainstream retail across the board is pushing the gift-giving agenda earlier and earlier in hopes they can get a head start on fourth quarter earnings by pressuring people to buy, buy, buy. These same retailers are posting thinner and thinner fourth quarter earnings and singing the blues over a less than anticipated bump in sales for the last quarter, making the masses believe the sales are simply not there.
The truth is, there are only so many holiday dollars to go around, and when retailers begin the push for sales at summer's end, it should come as no surprise the final quarter boon they once enjoyed a decade ago no longer exists due to the in-your-face "pre" marketing beginning so early in the year.
What does this mean to you? Well, if you are a business owner, and part of your revenue is generated by retail sales, then perhaps you should consider planning earlier for your holiday promotions as well. Recognizing that waiting can cause you to miss out on some of the already generated interest in holiday gift giving thanks to the commercial consumer retailers, it simply makes more sense to ride this wave with them rather than paddle to keep up. They are already spending the dollars to put the customer in that frame of mind, so by planning just a bit earlier, you can capitalize on their existing marketing.
It's All In The Planning
Whether you are planning for retail sales, or working out a holiday inspired menu of services to offer your clientele, you are missing the boat if you are not planning at least an average of 4-5 months in advance of the holiday. By planning, I mean, deciding: what products you will need to order and sell; which items you will carry seasonally for last-minute gift giving; think about what gift certificates to offer; which specials to run, what protocols to practice; and what specialty menu offerings you will be providing to make the most of the holiday dollars.
I know, many of you are reading this and thinking, "Oh no, I have completely waited too late to parlay the holiday season into revenue". Well, the good news is there is still time, and here are a couple of ways you can still wring the last little bit of revenue out of the holidays.
Offer gift certificates. This is money now for work later. They are brilliant for providing an instant boost to the cash flow, and provide a great safety net for your clients who have procrastinated until the last minute to find something of meaning for a loved one or client. What better gift is there than massage? And by offering, marketing, and touting the benefits and ease of this wonderful gift, you are sure to see a boost in your bottom line.
Think gift basket. Think of things that can be put together in a nice little package that your clients can use at home or give as gifts. Perhaps a CD, some massage oil, a candle, perhaps a bath sachet. All these things can make a lovely little basket, will not require much capital to build and provide, and will be a great way for your clients to do their shopping while in your capable hands.
Consider offering incentives for your clients. One idea may be to offer an extra 15 minutes on their next massage for every new client they bring to the table. People generally like sharing good news, and when they can eek out more time on your table then it makes it more than just a referral; they get a little something in return. You build client lists, they bank massage time--this is a WIN-WIN in anyone's book.
While these ideas are great for making the most of the season at-hand, these ideas can also be applied to future holidays. You should seriously consider planning for Valentine's day and Mother's day NOW. I know, I know, it doesn't feel like you get a minute to breathe. The truth is - smart business is in the planning. And to have a plan and a schedule for your year's promotions and retail offerings laid out on your calendar makes so much sense. Take the time to look at a calendar and plot your ordering and treatment offerings. This need not be too labor-intensive. All you need at this stage in planning is a starting point. Look at the holidays and gift-giving opportunities throughout the year, and mark your calendar four months in advance of each to prompt you to think about what your plan of implementation will be to maximize your income and provide stellar service to your client base.
Taking the time to think in the larger picture, considering all the opportunities available to customize your menus, and offer interesting and new ideas and options to your clients keeps your practice fresh and interesting. Your clients will soon become intrigued with your ability to roll with the holiday changes with ease and may even come to rely on you to assist in their gift-giving needs. This is the prize! This is the nugget all retailers seek, and you can have your share with a bit of forethought and planning.
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