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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
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?
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
October, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 10
The 7-Step Protocol That Gets New CranioSacral Clients Calling You
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC
One of the big myths passed down to CranioSacral therapists by well-meaning mentors is this: "You don't need to market your practice. Just do good work and new clients will find you." That may have been sage advice long before technology put thousands of therapists at virtually everyone's fingertips. But today, doing even great work isn't enough to ensure a thriving practice.
The solution? Use a high-tech and high-touch 7-step protocol that naturally attracts new clients. It takes a bit of effort to put each part in place. But once you do, you'll have an effective client-attraction system that takes the pain out of marketing your practice.
Step 1: Your Perfect Client
As a therapist in the "school of service," you might think it's your responsibility to make your hands available to anyone who needs them. But if you're willing to get real, you'll also admit there are certain types of people who bring out your best work. And others who consistently leave you frustrated and drained.
Just like touch therapy isn't for everyone, you're not the perfect match for every potential client. When you get crystal clear on the characteristics of the people who do make perfect clients, you can figure out where to find them and recognize them when you do.
Start by calling to mind those clients you most enjoyed over the last few years. People you had a deep connection with. People who left you with more energy at the end of every session. Then jot down all the characteristics those clients had in common. Maybe they were in the same age range. Maybe they were mainly men, women or children. Or maybe they enjoyed the same sports. Continue noting every common link you can find. Then, put them all together and you'll have a profile of your ideal client.
A few years ago I had lunch with a practitioner who had just completed a CranioSacral course for pediatrics. "How did you like it?" I asked. "It was great," she said. "Now I know for sure that I never want to put my hands on a child again!" Turns out that toddlers aren't her perfect clients. So she happily refers them to another practitioner in town, who repays the favor by referring other clients in return.
Step 2: Draft Your Message
If you think marketing means telling people all about you, think again. Fundamentally, it's about making a heartfelt connection that leads to a client relationship. And that relationship, even in the prospect stage, is all about your client.
So, what's the transformation your perfect clients want from your work? What's their big before-and-after? To begin drafting your transformational marketing message, look back at your perfect clients. Then notice, what are the top three symptoms, conditions and challenges that motivate them to call you? What specific issues are they struggling with that your hands-on care can help resolve? And what are the biggest benefits they get out of working with you?
When you create a marketing message that paints a picture of what's possible on the other side of your client's healing journey, they'll be inspired to picture themselves in the scene. And they'll see you taking them there.
Step 3: Create a Web Page
Once you've sketched out your transformational marketing message, one of the most powerful places you can feature it is on the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners (IAHP) website at iahp.com.
The IAHP is affiliated with The Upledger Institute (UI), a company that's invested millions in educating the public about the value of CranioSacral therapy. That's why people all over the planet contact them looking for therapists.
If your profile is featured on the IAHP website, your name pops up whenever someone searches for a CranioSacral Therapist in your zip code. And that's good news for you, because the people searching there don't need to be convinced to have a cranial session. They've either had one before, know someone who has, or they've learned about it in the news. Which means you're getting calls from pre-qualified candidates. Without having to do any of the extra work to get them there.
Step 4: Your Message Down in a Sound Bite
Where the transformational marketing message is the whole enchilada, a sound bite should be just enough to give someone a taste of what you do in 30 seconds or less. You'll use it to answer that age-old question, "What do you do?"
To make your sound bite extra appealing, include who you help, what they are struggling with, and what they get out of working with you. For instance, "I help people recovering from car accidents or injuries get out of pain faster and back on their feet in less time than with traditional methods alone." This way, anyone listening can instantly tell if they are a potential client for you, or if they know someone else who is.
Step 5: Meeting Your Perfect Clients
In the cranial world, we say you should always "meet your clients where they're at." That same principle is at play when you're networking to attract new clients. You only want to go to those places your perfect client is already hanging out. Otherwise, it doesn't matter how much networking you do. You'll still end up with no new clients. Or worse, someone who's a bad match for you.
How do you find out where to go? Check in with your current clients. (But only the ones you love, please!) Ask them what clubs they belong to, what type of community events they enjoy. Where they like to hang out on the weekends. Even where they like to shop. One therapist I know has met more than one perfect client at Whole Foods between the salt and the chocolate.
Step 6: Lead Them to Your Web Page
Once you connect with a potential client in person, it may seem counter intuitive to follow up with them through the mail. When someone's standing right there, it's easier to schedule a phone call, right?
When you meet someone who tries to get you into a phone call or worse, coffee or lunch, how do you feel? Probably put on the spot. That's not the sentiment you want potential clients to associate with you. Instead, you want to leave them with a sense of ease and optimism.
So, when you meet someone genuinely interested in your work, offer to pop some information in the mail. That puts all the opportunity into your hands. Because when they receive your note of appreciation with a brochure or article about your work, they're either at home or their office. Where they can sit right down at their computer and find your web page fast.
Step 7: Reassure Them
Now that your perfect client is on your web page learning more about you, the next step is to get them onto your table, right? No, it's still too soon. Like any touch therapy, cranial work is an intimate experience to many people. By inviting them to a complimentary phone consult before you offer your services, you're giving them the gift of hearing your voice, feeling your energy and reassuring them that you're the perfect CranioSacral therapist for them.
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