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It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
September, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 09
5 Ways to Lose a Client in One Hour or Less
By Angie Patrick
Can you really lose a client in one hour? Absolutely!
You might ask, "Angie, what could possibly go wrong in an hour that would make my client never come back and make the relationship irreparable?" My answer, "Have a seat, get comfy and pour yourself a cup of coffee because I have some things to share with you."
Think of these flaws like a David Letterman list of the top 5 things you should NEVER do.
This is a word that can be taken two ways; first figuratively, then literally. If your client gets on your table and from their view can see all the junk, trash, dust and yes, dare I say, dead bugs under your tables and in the corners where a broom might miss, then you can bet that client will not be back. If your sheets smell funky because they have had oil stains that never fully came out, thus making the sheets smell rancid, you can bet this is an aromatherapy treatment the client will not indulge in twice. Should you be smack in the middle of a bad day, and that bad day comes through to the customer in the form of verbal nastiness or shortness, or at all like the customer is a burden rather than a blessing, then you can likely cross that client off your Christmas Card List.
2. Improper Draping.
This is something many therapists do not take seriously enough. No one wants to feel exposed. The truth is, body image is a very real issue for most of us and having our massage nude is already a potential issue from a modesty standpoint. If you compound that with our fear of being exposed, improper draping becomes a deal breaker for many. While in school, we maybe have become a bit more immodest than mainstream America when it comes to nudity overall, but the rest of the world is not so open about it. Maintaining a modicum of privacy and modesty for your client is something they must have to feel safe, and when they feel safe they can relax.
3. Robust Verbiage.
This is really a nice way of saying you talk too much. Clients typically do not wish to chit chat about TV, world events, music, the price of tea in the Congo, or any other topic during a massage. You must respect the bliss, otherwise the client feels compelled to pay attention to whatever you are talking about and is therefore paying les attention to the massage. At the end of the session, a client who has been inundated with voice clutter (another PC term for running on at the mouth) might well feel their money has not been well spent. They could feel as if they did not get the full benefit of the massage and will not come back. You might never know why they do not return, but your bottom line will certainly know it.
4. Loud Distraction.
If you are in an office setting with others working in your facility, it is imperative that everyone working for your company respect the bliss. This means, no loud voices in the break room, no loud noises such as deliveries when clients are present, no children playing loudly outside, and no outside noise that would distract from the massage experience. If someone cannot relax and give in to your treatment, they will not be satisfied. No matter how fabulous you might be, if I hear a baby crying, a dog barking or television in another room, I am distracted and I likely will feel as if I need to find someplace quieter for my next massage.
5. Disregarding Personal Requests.
I have to say, I am a stickler about this. If I walk into an establishment and request my back be the focus, then I would like to have every reason in the world to think my therapist heard me and is paying heed to my request. If we get into the massage and they are working on everything but my back, I have to believe they did not listen, nor do they care what I want. Neither of which I care for as a quality to look for in a therapist.
These are just some of the ways you can blow a client relationship in one hour or less, however there are many more. Making the time to pay attention to detail is key. Do yourself a favor and get on your own table. What do you see? Are you comfortable? Are you warm? Does anything need to be cleaned? Should you buy new sheets? How about the noise level? Is it calm or can it be covered at least by music in the massage room?
Take some time to really inventory all the things you see, smell and hear. Yes, even look at your own shoes because your client will be looking at them, too, while face down. All of these things play into the client's perception of your overall ability to serve their needs. Even though you might well be a gifted therapist, you can still give the impression you are less than capable by making these mistakes. Take some time, invest in yourself and your business, and do a sweep to see if anything is amiss. Once everything is as it should be, you can get back to the business of retaining clients rather than having them fall off your radar
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