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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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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