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Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
February, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 02
Giving Your Client Value in a Stressed Economy
By Cary Bayer
Recently, it has come to my attention from quite a number of LMTs in several different parts of the country, all of whom I've just begun to privately coach to increase their business, that their massage numbers are noticeably down this year.Even some therapists, who have historically been extremely busy (e.g. booking a week or even two in advance), are advertising for the first time in a while, or ever for that matter, to get new clients.
Most have cited the strained economy as the major reason for this unusual decline in new clients along with the overall number of massages done.
Let me speak to this issue from experience I had from a recession in the early '90s. At that time, I owned a marketing and PR firm, which I started in 1984 and ran until 2001 when I chose to change careers and become a fulltime life coach. In that slowed down economy, most of my competitors were hurting or going out of business. My firm, however, was actually thriving. The inner work that I had been doing since 1987 to elevate my prosperity consciousness and create success, no doubt, had shielded me from this downturn for quite some time.
Eventually, however, the all-encompassing economy hit my bottom line too; it just took a lot longer. Within a matter of weeks, I started to hear one client after another voice a similar message: "You're doing a great job for us, Cary, but we have to make some cuts to save some money, and marketing and PR are places we can and need to cut."
I tried to get my clients to see that if their competitors were making similar cuts - as they were - that they (my clients) could benefit from a competitive advantage by raising their profile during that time when others were laying low. But when companies get scared, they often react in a panic mode and don't always think so rationally. (Individuals are usually no different.)
Often, these same enterprises, which in good times are ever-alert to see any opportunity that presents itself (no matter how small), fail to see the massive opportunities in front of them when the economy declines. Blame it on survival thinking, but when adrenaline is coursing through your system and red ink is splashed across your accounting books, it's not always easy to think clearly.
In other words, it's hard for businesses to see the long term if they're afraid they won't survive in the short term. And it's often hard for individuals to see how massage can help alleviate the stress they're feeling when part of that stress is their anxious worries that they might not make their mortgage and be foreclosed on their homes.
Communicating With Your Clients
Massage clients can often think the exact same way. With the sub-prime crisis, record home foreclosures, and high credit card interest rates, many people are looking for ways to cut their expenses. Some are cutting back on massage, while others are cutting out massage all-together. Most therapists simply shrug, accept their fate, and say, "I understand."
If you're an LMT, it's better for you to get your clients to understand the importance of massage. To understand, for example, that when the going gets tough, the tough should be getting massaged. In other words, they need more massage, not less. When people are stressed-out because of their finances, they need all the stress management help they can get.
Therapists first need to understand this themselves. They then need to communicate this to every client who goes into panic-mode thinking, and they need to communicate this clearly and regularly.
Peace and Health
These clients also need to recognize that if their dollars have to be carefully spent in a troubled economy, they should do so for products and services that deliver to them as high a return as possible on every dollar they spend.
If you'd like to perform an eye-opening service for your clients (and yourself as well), ask them to write a list of the top 10 things that they did the previous month that gave them their greatest joy, peace or relaxation. I assure you that getting massaged will be on probably every list.
Moreover, chances are quite strong that it's not just in the top 10, but in the top 5. That means that massage may very well be the best thing they experienced in the previous month. Another way of saying it is that the massages you're providing, may be the best thing in their lives. So, at a difficult economic time, why should they eliminate the number one source of their joy or peace?
During the Great Depression, Hollywood nearly saved this country. As Michelle Pautz, writing in "Issues in Political Economy" just a year after the 9/11 tragedies, stated, "During the Depression, cinemas provided an escape from life and the plague of problems that accompanied it in the tough time. A major function of the cinema was a source of entertainment and a way for people to forget their troubles with stories that almost always had happy endings."
Even at the Depression's depths, 60 to 80 million Americans paid to attend the movies each week; and, in the face of doubt and despair, these films helped sustain national morale. No medium contributed more greatly than the motion picture industry to the maintenance of our collective consciousness during the worldwide Depression. (Interesting to note: In other countries, where access to movies wasn't as readily available, revolution, riot and political turmoil resulted.)
Massage therapy provides more than just an escape from the problems of the day for those who take advantage of it. It also helps promote health and peace in a profound way.
And if there's something that people need more than health and peace during the difficult economy that we're in now, please tell me what it is.
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