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News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
August, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 08
Putting Your Business First
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
Perhaps you've taken extensive business classes while you were at massage school. Perhaps not. Maybe you came from a previous career in business or maybe you are a novice in this wide world.No matter what your background or how much you learned in school, the question is: How much time are you putting into your business activities now?
There are many factors that go into answering this question. Are you full time or part time? Is your business growing or are you happy where it is now? Do you plan to expand or relocate any time soon? Regardless of the answers, a certain amount of time needs to go into business activities and that amount of time varies from situation to situation. The bottom line is if you want to be successful, you must contribute a solid amount of time to business activities.
At this point, some of you currently working for other people are probably thinking, "This article isn't for me." I beg to differ and encourage you to read on. Whether you are in practice for yourself, working for someone else or a combination of both, you are "in business" and should be spending time and energy on its matters. The amount of time and energy depends largely on your situation, but EVERY massage therapist should be doing something towards the business-part of their livelihood. Surprisingly enough, often it is the veterans who settle into a routine and forget to focus on business matters.
Consider this situation. You are working at a spa under an umbrella of managers who supervise and support you in all aspects of your work. The laundry is done, the linens are provided, the schedule is set and you basically show up for work. Sounds like you are not in business for yourself. What about rescheduling your clients? Isn't it the responsibility of the therapist to retain clients? Do you have a secure dialogue for your exit interview? Are the clients rescheduling? What if you are at a cocktail party or your son's soccer game and someone asks you what you do for a living? Are you able to be an ambassador for the field of massage therapy while giving a strong biography of yourself? These are business activities and whether you know it or not, you are responsible for performing many of them daily. Some of these activities happen unconsciously. Others are more planned. They are necessary and can always be improved upon no matter how long you have been in business.
If you are a sole proprietor, you already know that you need to perform business activities on a regular basis. But how much time are you devoting? If you wish to be more successful, you could probably be doing more. More often than not, the activity you dread most and the one you least like, is probably the one you should be doing. For example, consider a shy person who is not well known in the community. At the core, she knows a networking group would be beneficial to her practice but her personality doesn't lend itself to it. My suggestion: find a friend and go to a networking breakfast together. The morning meetings tend to be shorter because people are anxious to get to their jobs. They tend to be lively and if she brings a friend, she has some extra security built in. Just like we dread activities were are not good at, we tend to repeat the ones that have benefits we can see. If the networking event proves fruitful, our shy therapist might be inclined to repeat it and maybe even, go it alone.
So how much time are you putting into business activities? In the 20 years that I have been in business, I have seen a fool proof formula work 99 percent of the time: Spend 20% of your anticipated client hours on business activities. In other words, for every 20 clients that you want to see per week, spend four hours per week doing the "other" work or business activities. If you are part time and want to see 10 clients per week, then spend two hours per week on growing your business. Alter the formula according to your dream schedule. The time can encompass networking, educating clients, taking classes in business, meeting new people, sending postcards, working on your webpage... all activities that pertain to business. If you are faithful with this formula, it will work. Do the leg work and watch the effect on your career. This time commitment must be set in stone; treat the time like a paying client and don't skimp here. Too often, I see therapists say they couldn't stick to the formula for one reason or another. And then complain their business isn't going well. Don't let that be you.
No matter what your working situation, a certain amount of time needs to be devoted for business and professional development. Schedule the time like you would a client. Plan to do it with a friend. Chose the optimal time of your day to perform the activities you dread most. Whatever business activities you need to do, do it! The list is never-ending and the rewards are many. Have fun with the process.
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