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The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
February, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 02
Re-Framing the Idea of Referring New Clients to Other LMT's
By Cary Bayer
Recently, I called a licensed massage therapist to find out about the possibility of getting a session. If I liked her work, I told her, I'd be interested in working with her as my regular LMT.The first thing she said was that she wasn't doing massage now. I was disappointed. Then she said was she could refer me to a working therapist. I was less disappointed, because she said this therapist was terrific. Then, as I was about to hang up and call the therapist, to whom she referred me, she said something else. If I gave you a hundred guesses what this non-working LMT then told me, you couldn't possibly guess what it was. That's when she said ... drum roll please ... that she'd be working again in three weeks time. WHAT????
You heard me right. So, why didn't she answer my original questions about her work and book me in three weeks? I never told her I needed a massage in the next three weeks; she just assumed I did. As the business coach for massage therapists, I've seen some really weird attitudes, speech and actions from ungrounded LMTs, but this one took the proverbial cake. Talk about ruining an opportunity! I hope you can see the craziness in "assuming" your prospective client's needs without first checking with them. Promise never to repeat such behavior.
But there's an even more subtle massage marketing tip contained in that phone call. As a business coach for massage therapists, I've seen far too many booked LMTs refer prospective clients to other therapist friends. That's incredibly thoughtful. That's incredibly generous. And that's incredibly dumb. Let me explain
Suppose that your limit is 20 sessions per week - four sessions daily, five days per week. Suppose when you do number 21, your wrist begins to ache and you've promised yourself that you won't do more than 20. Let's further suppose that it's Monday, and you're already completely booked for the week. But you get a call from a new person who wants to work with you. Since you've read the first few paragraphs of this article, you won't assume this person wants their session this week or they will work with someone else. So you try to book them for next week. But suppose they really need to see you this week, what do you do?
You can be incredibly generous, like most therapists, and give them the name of a friend of yours whose work is excellent. The caller is happy, your friend is happy, and you don't have to hurt your wrists. But you might be hurting your bank account a great deal more. Let me explain.
Because the therapist you're referring is great, there's a strong chance this therapist will become their therapist. Good for them but not good for you. Why do I say that? Let's do the math. Suppose that they becomes a regular client, seeing the therapist twice a month for $75 per session. That means they will spend $150 per month with someone else for massage. If you multiply that by 12, you get their annual expenditure on massage: $1,800. That doesn't take into account gift certificates they might purchase, or clients they refer to your friend.
Then, suppose that the client and your friend develop a working relationship that lasts six years. That means they will have paid $10,800 over the course of their work together. That's good for them and, again, not good for you because that $10,800 could have been yours. But it wasn't yours because you were too busy to take them on as a new client. I'm not suggesting you should have taken them on if your schedule is full. You have to protect your body for the long run, and avoid injuries that prevent you from doing any sessions the following week. So what am I suggesting?
It's very simple: bring in a second therapist to work for you to handle your overflow and design a compensation program with them. My recommendation is to pay between 50 and 60 percent of the sessions they do for your clients. But make sure that you're paid first, and then give them the commission on a periodic basis (like weekly) if they do a lot of treatments, or monthly, if they do fewer. It's important that you're paid first — otherwise, there can be some resentment on their part if they have to surrender the full amount of the treatment to you and then get their cut.
If, on the other hand, you're like so many of the massage therapists I've encountered and don't want to have another therapist working for you — for whatever reason that might be — then develop a compensation program with an outside therapist who doesn't work for you, but pays you a commission for clients you refer. How that compensation is structured is clearly between the two of you, but here's a guideline: have them pay you between 30 and 40 percent of each session they give the client you referred to them.
They need to keep good records and could easily send you a monthly check based on how much revenue they gained from the client or clients you sent their way. If you get 40 percent of those treatment fees, and we refer back to the $1,800 that the new client pays them each year, you're looking at $720 in passive income that year for making a single phone call. Multiply that by the six years of their association and you have $4,320 in passive income from a single phone call.
Now that's prosperity consciousness. And that's quite different from just giving that new client your friend's phone number and all you wind up with is a thank you. Thank you's don't pay $4,320 in bills. In this economy, four thousand dollars is nothing to sneeze at.
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