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Ringing in a Fiscal New Year With a Recommitment to Cost-Effectiveness
Back when the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research was in its heyday, I used to send out New Year's greetings and virtual noisemakers to some close friends on July 1 – the beginning of our new fiscal year – wishing for prosperity in the year ahead.
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 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.
How to Find Your Ideal Patient – and Help Your Ideal Patient Find You
Just imagine: You're at the front desk looking at the scheduler and a smile creeps across your face. Row after row, name after name, hour after hour; you're blessed with an entire day of ideal patients. Every day should be like this, you whisper. Exactly!
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?
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.
Decompression-Traction: A Core Treatment Method in Chiropractic's Future
We're all competing for new patients. We're competing for new patients with physical therapists, massage therapists, medical specialists and hospital fitness centers. We're even competing with side-effect-ridden medications that quit working every four hours.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (a medical doctor, no less) proclaimed October 2014 "Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month" in an official proclamation signed Aug. 25, 2014.
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.
Detoxification for Athletes: The Key to Winning Performance
One of the most dangerous culprits that affects an athlete's ability to perform at an optimum level also happens to be one of the most elusive.
Don't Forget About the Performers
Donald Petersen Jr.'s recent article, "Your Chance to Go Back to High School" [May 1, 2014 DC], focused on the injuries incurred by high-school athletes and the subsequent opportunities for the chiropractic profession.
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.
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!
Take Care of Your Skin: Tips to Pass on to Your Patients
Many of our patients are not aware that the largest organ in the human body is actually the skin. Accounting for 16 percent of total body weight and covering up to 22 square feet of surface area, the skin is more than just a "covering," as originally thought.
Watch Out for Red Herrings
In clinical practice, when one condition mimics another, it makes it difficult to obtain an accurate and timely diagnosis.
Building the DC-MD Bridge
From MDs practicing integrative holistic medicine to the family internist, many DCs are enjoying unprecedented attention from their allopathic colleagues.
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.
From the Other Side of the Table
People come to us to gain freedom from pain, to feel better, to live better. As D.D. Palmer stated, "We Chiropractors work with the subtle substance of the soul." Therein also lies the rub.
Your Patients' Best Health Resource
There is nothing as powerful as information. The right information has won wars, saved lives and changed hearts; lack of information has led to hesitation, poor decisions and unintended consequences.
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.
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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