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Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
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.
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.
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.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
February, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 02
Target Your Marketing for Success
By Diana Moore
When asked what clients they want to work with, many massage therapists answer, "Everybody." When you try to market to everybody, that's called "blanket" marketing. Blanket marketing is an approach you might already use as part of your marketing strategy.You're trying to get anyone and everyone's attention when you pay for coupons or ads in the yellow pages, or post flyers on grocery store bulletin boards. This might work for you at times, such as when you're just starting out, or during busy times for gift certificate sales like Christmas or Valentine's Day. Blanket marketing strategies are often the first steps people think of when beginning to market their practices. Keep in mind, however, they might cost more than they give you in return.
What is Target Marketing
"Targeted" marketing has the advantage of efficiency in money, time and effort. But this means you won't be working with "everybody." You won't reach everybody because everybody doesn't care and won't take the time to listen. Trying to market to everybody is a waste of your time and money. As a bodyworker, you have a set of skills that is unique to you. You have a type of client you prefer, and that's who you should target with your marketing.
Three Minute Exercise
Think about what kind of clients you are drawn to working with. Describe your favorite client or two. Then think about what condition or conditions you enjoy working with. Write down your answers. These are clues to the kind of people who are a natural fit for your skills and who will benefit the most from your gifts. Use this information to target your marketing. Spend your time and money on promotional materials that speak directly to those you most want to serve, whether they are seniors, busy parents, executives or people with certain conditions. Apply target marketing by sending a specific message to people who you know want to hear it.
Why should you spend money and effort on clients, a group of people who already know who you are? Because it encourages them to come in a little more often. It makes new clients feel welcome and valued (which will hopefully encourage them to visit regularly). And targeting your clients reminds them you are still available and interested in being part of their healthy life.
Your existing clients are a group whose interests and concerns you already recognize. Target them with messages that speak to them that language. Target all your clients with specials or beneficial services you offer. Target specific groups, say people with fibromyalgia, with a message about how you can help them maintain their mobility, for example. Target other groups, such as working parents, with a message that the whole family will be healthier if Mom and Dad better manage their stress.
To reach a specific type of new client, go where he or she would go. Are you an active person who likes to be around other sports and fitness enthusiasts? You can draw those folks into your practice. Contact running stores and gyms. See what kind of sports events you can get involved in. Does a nearby running store or cycling club mail a newsletter to people on their mailing lists? Ask if you can buy an ad or write an article in it.
Love to be with seniors? It's the same idea. Call or, even better, go to the senior center. See what it would take to offer one brief, low-cost massage once a month. Put up flyers at the senior center, library, health food store or other places health-conscious seniors go (always ask permission). If you would love to offer massage to people in long-term care, go out to health fairs to give chair massage. Showcase your skills while meeting health care providers and decision-makers.
Are you drawn to the field of pregnancy and childbirth? Ask if you can post flyers at a gym that caters to women. Or find out who teaches birthing or pregnancy yoga classes and ask if you can offer a lesson on self-massage. Think of classes and presentations as opportunities to have a conversation on how your work makes lives better and to encourage folks you meet to take the next healthy step.
It's pretty straight-forward. Once you decide what groups you want to target, brainstorm ways to reach them. Examine the potential costs of time and money for those ideas, and choose to implement one or more of them. Start with something small at first and do a test run.
Evaluate your results. Number one, keep track of the response you get from your outreach efforts. Are you gaining new clients? Are you enjoying their visits? Two, ask yourself how it felt to be at places you distributed flyers and brochures. Did it feel good to be at that long-term care facility, gym or hospital birthing class? If you are happy with both your experience and the results, you've got a focus for your practice plus a direction for targeting your marketing efforts.
Diana Moore has worked in marketing for more than 10 years. Currently, she works as a writer and editor for Natural Touch Marketing for the Healing Arts. Before her career in marketing she practiced massage therapy for 14 years, many of them as a hospital-based massage therapist in Olympia, Wash. Diana also teaches yoga to people with heart disease and other chronic conditions. Reach her at
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