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Telecommuting and Technology: Ergonomic and Worker's Comp Considerations
As our world becomes more and more reliant on technology, equipment becomes more dependable and we become increasingly more comfortable with e-mail, the fax machine, the Internet and the smartphone, it is becoming easier and easier to work away from the office.
Medical Payola (Part 2)
Not only has Medtronic made billions selling expensive screws and hardware for highly controversial spine fusions, but a Senate investigation also found Medtronic felt compelled to write and edit medical journal articles attributed to outside physicians that downplayed the risks of the company's best-selling bone graft, Infuse.
Economics of Complementary/Integrative Care
Although this column doesn't usually feature a book review, we're going outside of our usual public health format to discuss a new book written by Patricia Herman ND, PhD.
Spinal-Cord Injuries: Saying No to Steroids
With steroids, epidural and otherwise, in the news lately for their overuse when treating back pain (and their danger when tainted by fungal meningitis), it was high time for a policy change, and we've got one, from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Exercises for Back Pain: Low-Compression Training Program
This program is intended for two groups of people: 1) those who want to engage in resistance exercises for the major regions of their body without developing back pain in the process; and 2) those who already have back pain and want to do resistance exercises, but consistently re-irritate their back when trying to do so.
Chiropractic Research: A Moral Issue
This year I've had the opportunity to go to three great chiropractic research conferences; the ACC-RAC, the Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS) Congress and the World Federation of Chiropractic Congress.
Helping Patients Through Pregnancy Loss
There is a lot of focus in the acupuncture world on fertility and helping women get pregnant. It's exhilarating to hear the news that a patient is expecting a baby. The other side of that is pregnancy loss. That includes abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth.
Helping Infertility Patients with the Spirit Essence
As many of you know, when it comes to treating infertility, we are dealing with a patient population that is, generally speaking, in emotional turmoil. These patients often experience fear, anxiety, despair, hopelessness, grief and anger.
There Are No Secrets: Treating Complicated Conditions with TCM
Including standardized extra points, there are just over 400 acupuncture points on the body. You get 400 and I get 400 - same. Yet, time and time again treatment protocols are coveted as if they were some secret formula only intended for the right and privileged.
In a previous column, I discussed the history and definition of evidence-based practice (EBP), and expressed concerns with how the concept has been narrowly construed by some academics and payers.
The Pallof Press for Core Stability Evaluation
Many people become injured because of instability, weakness and poor neural-sequencing patterns in the core. Lack of bracing and support from the inner core cylinder during coronal and transverse movements makes the body vulnerable to compensation injuries.
Herbal Medicine: Go Mainstream
When it comes to practicing herbal medicine in a mainstream setting, there are a number of important points to understand when it comes to prescribing formulas. Some important questions to ask are - what method of prescribing and dispensing is most effective in this setting?
Business Building: What's Your Strategy?
I know some in our profession love to debate about whether or not spinal curvatures change as a result of our chiropractic adjustment, but I have a question that hits a little more close to the belt than that: Are chiropractors capable of change?
Energy is a hot commodity. Society pays dearly for it and for the expertise of those who know how to cultivate it.
Peer Points: Stories of Practice Success
When patients go see Arizona-based acupuncturist Jing Liu, it is to get top care from an practitioner well versed in all aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The Spirits of the Points: The Gall Bladder Official
The Gall Bladder is known as The Official of Decision Making and Judgment. In any given day, this Official makes countless decisions – conscious and unconscious, which influence every aspect of our being.
You are What You Eat Part II: Integrative Protocols
In the previous installment of this article I discussed important ideas concerning gastrointestinal health and foundational ideas from TCM, which can provide key insights into creating effective protocols for healing the gut.
News in Brief
Cancer Treatment Centers of America Continues Support of Chiropractic; ACBOH Announces 2013 Practical, Written Exam Dates; PCORI Approves Funding for Research on Spinal Stenosis; Macquarie University to Cease Offering Chiropractic Program.
History Repeating Itself in Wisconsin?
Thirteen years ago, the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association (WCA) "agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that [the association] orchestrated a conspiracy among WCA members to increase prices for chiropractic services and to boycott third-party payers to obtain higher reimbursement rates."
Calcium Supplements and Mortality
When the National Institutes of Health's AARP Diet and Health Study reported that men who took calcium supplements had a higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared those who didn't, it was the third large cohort in six months with alarming findings regarding calcium supplements.
Covering Chiropractic as a Profession, Not a Single Service
Recently Dynamic Chiropractic published a front-page article about various state essential health benefits and referred to Oregon and four other states not currently providing chiropractic as a covered benefit.
Let's face it – patient evaluation takes time. Unless you are really into the diagnostic evaluation game, you probably have found the formal exam protocol tedious if not downright annoying.
Repeating Bone-Density Tests
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women older than age 65 undergo bone-density testing. However, organizations in general have not stated when repeat bone-density testing should be done.
Happenings in Our Evolving Profession
Good things seem to be happening for our profession and recent developments show we are all on board. Talking about being on board, this September The Veterans Express-Purple Heart Tour is expected to make its way out of the station.
May, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 05
Boost Your Income and Clientele with Chair Massage
By Dianna Young, LMT, MTI
How can you generate more income after you have filled all of your weekly appointments? What would happen to your lively hood if you suddenly became sick or disabled and were unable to perform massages? What will happen to your income when you retire? These are hard questions I used to ask myself until I discovered that a chair massage business for the workplace is the ticket to boosting your clientele and income.
Since April 2001, my husband Curtis and I have developed a thriving chair massage business that now serves 26 locations weekly and performs more than 700 chair massages per month. For the first five years, our business grew steadily but slowly. In 2007, after utilizing a business coach, we hired our first two employees. That year our business grew 110 percent. Since then, our business continues to grow despite the recession. Through trial and error, we have developed a system that works. Now our vision is to help other therapists create similar businesses to expand their income and the reach of massage therapy. If you aren't sure how to answer the questions above, here are some reasons why you should consider adding a chair massage business for the workplace to your repertoire.
A Growing Trend
Stress is the number one source of sickness and absenteeism in the workplace and the resulting lost productivity costs companies billions of dollars per year. When employers implement a chair massage program, they quickly realize that their employees call in sick less often and are more productive on the job. In addition, employee morale is boosted. On top of feeling invigorated at work, employees are healthier and better able to enjoy all aspects of their lives. Because massage therapy is starting to be considered less of a luxury and more a healthcare option, its future is bright.
Even in a recession, many people can afford $10-$15 for a quick chair massage at work. It's about the same as going out for a decent lunch. It's also more convenient than a traditional massage. By replacing a 10-15 minute coffee break at work, they don't have to squeeze it into their busy personal lives. It's the dynamics of going on-site with a professional and convenient service.
A Boost for the Industry
People who would normally be intimidated or turned off by going somewhere for a traditional body massage with their clothes off might try a chair massage. Once they experience the chair massage, their inhibitions drop and they are more likely to schedule a full body massage, which can provide additional income for your business and expand the client base for traditional massage.
Low Start-Up Costs
Another great benefit of chair massage is that the start-up costs and overhead are minimal. You simply need a chair, a vehicle large enough to transport it, knowledge about running a business and marketing materials to promote your business. As with any business, you will gradually want to invest in good business tools, as well as hire other professionals to assist you on your journey.
While you concentrate on building your business, you can hire other therapists to service your corporate clients. We have found there are an abundance of massage professionals who need to build their client base. They can work for you at reasonable rate if you allow them to offer traditional massages after hours. It's a win-win for both of you. Your employees gain clients and you increase your ability to generate income without having to actually do the massages. This gives you more freedom to market your services to more businesses. Also, with this business model, you can generate more income than doing one massage at a time and create an income source that can continue even if your ability to massage becomes impaired or your decide to retire.
The Secrets for Success
The ideal chair massage energizes the employee rather than putting them in a state of relaxation. By increasing blood flow to the employee's brain, you will send them back to work more alert and with the ability to be more productive. For some employees, additional time is needed to address special needs like headaches, tension, sinus pressure, TMJ and migraines. With a customized sequence, you can also help relieve physical stress caused from poor posture or improper techniques on business equipment such as computer keyboards. It is important to ask the employee what special needs they have at the beginning of the massage so you can supplement their massage appropriately.
Learn to balance professionalism with warmth. Once they get in the chair and relax, employees will sometimes want to discuss personal or business matters. While it's great to learn about their lives to establish rapport, gossip should be redirected and kept confidential. It's also important to encourage wellness in general. We always suggest that clients drink water after the massage to wash out toxins. It's also helpful to suggest exercises and stretches that clients can do at home to address problem areas.
Running the Business
Once you decide that a chair massage business in the workplace is your goal, you will need to see yourself as a business owner in addition to a massage therapist. Because this business serves the corporate world, it important to run the business professionally. You will want to blend into the environment to disturb the work flow as little as possible. You will also want to create a professional image that will appeal to the corporate world. This can be accomplished with professional marketing materials and the way you and your employees dress and conduct yourselves.
You can have all the right elements for a successful business in place but without spreading the word about your business, no one will know you exist. Fortunately, the massage business is conducive to doing trades for advertising. Many radio and television stations will gladly trade advertising time for chair massages. Another technique is to make sure your business is at high profile business events such as chamber of commerce networking functions. Beyond general marketing, you will want to target specific businesses. Offering a demonstration is a great way to get your foot in the door. We have found that working through the human resources department is the most effective method. Once you have made contact, you may need to educate the managers about the benefits of chair massage for their company. You will also want to explain the different methods of payment. Some businesses pay for the first day and then allow each employee to pay in the future. Other businesses pay for it every month or week because they have seen firsthand how it benefits their employees and company.
Last but not least, remember to share your vision with others. In addition to opening up a world of growth opportunity for you, a chair massage business can introduce massage therapy to a greater audience and expand its healing powers to create jobs and a healthier, happier world.
Dianna Young, LMT, MTI, is the owner of Amarillo On Site Massage, which was selected by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce as the top small business of the year in 2008. Dianna has taught business and marketing classes at the Austin School of Massage and currently teaches continuing education classes on chair massage technique and marketing chair massage.
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