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Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
February, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 02
Unlocking the Secret to a Thriving Massage Practice
By Stephanie Beck
Whether you own a thriving massage practice, you just want to develop a base of recurring customers, or you're just starting to get clients this article will reveal the little known secret to have more joy from your work, get more clients, ultimately make more money doing what you love, and show how online marketing allows you some of the best ways to achieve those goals.And it doesn't matter whether you have employees of one or 101, all of these ideas can be applied to any sized business.
Here is the little known secret to every successful marketing campaign: always lead with your WHY. That's right, "Why are you doing what you are doing?" It sounds so simple, right? If you want to be successful as a massage therapist, you must find a way to separate yourself from your competitors. There are about 250,000 registered massage therapists in the U.S. alone ... and guess what they all have in common? They massage people. So, if you want to stand out from the crowd and have clients wanting to work with YOU rather than any of the other countless massage therapists out there, do NOT just tell people WHAT you do, tell people WHY you do it. This is your unique angle.
In this day and age, the world of business is undergoing a completely revolutionary shift. The rules are changing. Businesses that solely focus on their bottom line will wither away and soon be forgotten. So, for most of you reading this it would be safe to say you were first drawn to massage because you had a passion to heal others, right? And if you are just starting out, you have invested countless hours in your education. And if you have been in business for a few years, lets add a few more hours of continuing education to fuel the inspiration that keeps you focused on why you continue to do what you do. But it really goes beyond that. You need to fully understand your "Why" and for most in the profession, it isn't about the money. It's so much more.
Consider this, if the massage profession is so inspiring and full of passion, why is it estimated that 50,000 therapists out of the total 293,531 leave the profession each and every year? To put it in simple terms, that means more than one out of every six massage therapists will leave the profession this year, and not because you don't enjoy it, but simply because you do not know how to translate your "why" you do what you do into how it helps your customers and potential customers lead better, healthier lives.
Want to make a change? Start now by getting a piece of paper and a pen. Begin by making a list of your personal, professional and financial "whys." A personal "why" could be that you want to help make a difference in someone's life. A professional "why" might be you want to educate 100 people on the benefits of massage within the next year. A financial "why" might be that you want to be able to offer free massages once a month to a woman's shelter. Or, your financial "why" might even be something to the effect of you want to stop working your other part-time job and do massage full-time. They can be as simple or complex as you want. Take five to ten minutes and complete this exercise now.
Incidentally, this is a great exercise to repeat frequently because as your business grows, your "whys" will evolve, change, or in some cases, get much bigger than when you first started. This is even something you can have all of your team members within your organization complete.
As you are reading this, think of five other therapists you know, perhaps ones you went to school with or attended a CE class with or that you have met along your path. Now, which one of you will not be practicing massage a year from now? That is a very sobering thought, but not to worry, if you are reading this and want to make some simple changes you are on the right path. This isn't all doom and gloom. The sole purpose of sharing these ideas is to offer some simple steps to create, not only the massage practice you really want, but the life you truly desire. A successful massage practice just happens to be in the picture.
Since you have a nice list of reasons why you do what you do, let's take it a step further. Being a massage therapist and simply massaging people is one thing, but being a massage therapist, where you're skills, open heart and your deepest desire for improving other people's lives fuels a cause and a bigger mission is completely different. It's no secret that as a massage therapist you are incredibly passionate about what you do. You may even be among the vast majority who chose this line of work because they were answering the same noble calling: to heal the world. That's the difference between what you do, and why you do it.
So, how do you translate you're "why" you do what you do into how it helps your customers and potential customers lead better, healthier lives? You know why you do what you do so how do you get that communicated into benefits for your customers? Unless you understand the modern-day solution to creating the massage practice of your dreams, you are in danger of being just another statistic. Think about it, all of the greatest companies in the world don't just offer a product or service, they offer an experience and at the core of it all, and those that do it well, offer an opportunity to be a part of something bigger. Your "why" is something bigger.
Let's take a real world example like Apple. Why do you think they have such a loyal, raving customer base, and own such a huge part of their market? They don't just sell electronics. They offer an experience and an opportunity to be a part of something bigger. If Apple were like everyone else, a marketing message from them might sound like this: "We make great computers. They're beautifully designed, and simple to use. Want to buy one?" And that's how many of us communicate. We say what we do, or how we're different or how we're better, and expect someone to take action based on that. But it's not inspiring.
Now, here's how Apple actually communicates: "In everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo. We believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by making our products beautifully designed and simple to use. We just happen to make great computers. Want to buy one?" Do you see how this is completely different? That's a perfect example of leading with "why" and how the why benefits the customer.
In order to communicate your "why" into that experience and make it so the customers see, feel and understand how it benefits them, remember to see it from their point of view. "How is my why going to help them?" When you lead with why you do what you do and how it's going to benefit them and you share this beneficial vision to others, you will attract more people who share that same desire. Furthermore, those people are going to happily pay a premium to have an ongoing relationship with you. People want to know YOU. When clients want to work with you, it's because of your connection, the rapport, what is unique and fascinating about you, and ultimately, how they feel by associating themselves with you. Of course, it's important to be able to massage people well, but remember, at the end of the day, they buy YOU, not your massage service.
By sharing how your why benefits them you are creating a relationship. Remember that saying "no one care how much you know until they know how much you care?" Your why you do what you do to benefit your customer shows them how much you care. To help you get clarity on translating your "why" into benefits for your customer, on the same piece of paper answer these next 3 questions:
Be sure to give these some thought and take your time to really think about what it is that you feel most passionately about massage and why you chose this profession. Once you have answered these questions you should have your why and how your why benefits your customers. You may be asking yourself why this so important. It's important because people are starting to care less and less about what a business does and more and more about the people behind the show, who they are, and what they stand for.
So, that's the little known secret. Lead with your why and how it benefits your customers and you will reap all of the rewards that come with having the business of your dreams. Live your passion and serve millions of people around the world simply by sharing your why.
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