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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
June, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 06
Summer Fun is Marketing Time
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
This is a wonderful time of year for marketing and it is in your best interest to capitalize on it. Not only will it benefit you immediately but your efforts can have lingering effects into the next season and even next year.It is proven that people feel healthier and have more energy when the weather turns warmer and days are longer. Outdoor fun increases as we have more daylight hours to accomplish activities. In addition, people tend to eat healthier and find they shed some winter weight. Sun-kissed skin and bare feet replace long layers and shoes. Why not ride that health train and drum up some business?
In my own practice, I find my clients tend to take better care of themselves in the spring and summer months. It is a wonderful cycle to witness. Increased daylight leads to increased activity. Increased activity leads to weight loss. Weight loss leads to increased energy. Increased energy leads back to increased activity and so on and so on. Since my practice is full of these newly "fit" folks, it is easy for me to suggest increased frequency of massage sessions to them.
For example, if I see a client once a month, I suggest that during these months of increased activity, they come for an appointment every three weeks. Often, my clients are asking their bodies to perform a new activity or resume an activity they haven't done for six months. Things like bicycle riding, golfing, gardening and swimming (to name a few) all put extra strain on muscles that might not have been used for several months. Extra massage to alleviate the discomfort associated with the new activities makes sense. What I find is that clients tend to respond and like the new schedule and even after the summer months are over, they stick with it. On average, that means the client now comes to me an extra five times per year, totaling $500. If I see someone every 2 weeks, I recommend every 10 days or adding one extra session per month. That can mean as many as 10 extra sessions per year or $1000.
The clients you already see have an affinity for you and your work. They are easy clients to market to. For the sake of argument, I will assume you believe in the cumulative benefits of massage. It is in your client's best interest to receive massage, to be on a maintenance plan and stick to a consistent schedule of receiving it. That schedule and frequency varies from person to person, but I urge you to help the client find the happy balance. It is also in the client's best interest to receive "more" massage and that means increasing frequency. I call it Lifetime Value of the Client (LVC). Your marketing goal should always be to increase LVC. With a population that already is familiar with your work, likes you, reschedules and pays you, it is easier than finding new clients. Remember, it costs less and takes less effort to increase LVC, compared to going out and searching for new business.
I have a client who I used to see monthly. Last spring she took up a new sport and was experiencing discomfort as her body transitioned into the new things she was asking of it. She commented that the week before our massage appointment, her body ached and she longed for the appointment. She was able to go three weeks without pain and complaints but the last week in waiting was "torture." I suggested she not wait the full month and that we see each other BEFORE she experienced discomfort. It was as if a bolt of lightning struck! "Genius," she said. I have seen her every three weeks for the last year and she (for the most part) remains pain-free between appointments. Rocket science? I think not; just good marketing.
There are also more opportunities to drum up new business in the warmer months. People who hibernated all winter have come outside to play, shop, dine and enjoy the outdoors. Moods tend to be better and I find people more approachable this time of year. Venues like street fairs, outdoor concerts, kid's sporting events, festivals and flea markets provide a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and discuss your profession. Be ready with what to say and have business cards on hand. Remember, you have five seconds to attract someone's attention. What you say in that initial five seconds can make or break a professional relationship. I know this kind of marketing isn't everyone's cup of tea but if you have the personality or the drive, it can be extremely beneficial.
Suggesting increased frequency of massage or LVC is a win-win for everyone. Warmer months and increased activity lends itself to receiving more massage. Most clients just need the seed planted. After you read this, pick one client to try it on. Make the suggestion to increase frequency or add just one more massage to their current schedule. What's the worst that can happen? They might say no but they won't leave your practice over it. But maybe, just maybe, they say yes. And then... imagine the possibilities.
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