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An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
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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