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Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
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.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
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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