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When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
January, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 01
WIBB Exclusive: Customer Service Gone Bad
By Cherie Sohnen-Moe
I recently had one of the worst customer service experiences in my life! I placed an order with a company on October 15th. They state that all orders will be shipped in 7 to 14 working days.This company is only one state away and is open seven days a week, so I figured I would have my order in less than three weeks – even if we only count five working days per week. Three weeks pass and no order and no e-mail notice of the shipment.
So, on Monday, November 5th, I called and talked with someone at the company. He was very apologetic, said he would look into it and call me back. So far, so good. I figure that sometimes glitches happen, but what's critical is how they are handled. He calls me back and says the reason that my order had been held up was that a few of the 21 items had been on back order. I asked him why I wasn't contacted and given the option to have a partial (in actuality a majority) order shipped. He said that should have happened but didn't. Then, he assured me that everything was there and my order would ship out that day and that I would receive it by the following Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.
Wednesday comes and no order. I call and get voice mail. I leave a message and send an e-mail.
Thursday morning, still no response. So I call again and talk with the same person. He claims it's out of his hands, but he will follow up. More than five hours elapse and no word. So, I call him back. Again, all I get is apologies. I ask him if there's anyone else I can talk with (sometimes going up the chain of command works). I was essentially told that there was nobody else. He promised to get this handled.
Friday comes and goes. No response. I talked with a friend who had gone in on the order with me. She went to Facebook and posted a quick note about her disappointment. Within minutes she received a response with a name and e-mail address to contact (different than the person I had contacted). So, I sent an email. I realize that not everyone reads their e-mail daily, but I expected to hear from someone by Monday. Nope.
This company held my money hostage for a month! They had multiple opportunities to make amends. They should have sent some of my order (even if it was just one item) next day delivery, when I first talked with them. Most importantly, they should have contacted me and explained what the delay was (even though supposedly everything was ready when I called on November 5th) and given me options. Instead, I had to initiate all of the communications and all I got was empty apologies.
On November 12th, I sent an email stating that I needed a response in an hour or I would contact my credit card company to get the charges reversed, contact the Better Business Bureau and post my story on my blogs and every social media outlet that I am on. In just under an hour, I received a lovely e-mail with a tracking number that my order is on its way. While this is good, the only apologies were for the delay, not the poor communication once they knew about the problem. And that was the most frustrating part of the whole experience.
I wholeheartedly endorse companies that incorporate a proactive customer service program. Unfortunately, many companies don't anticipate potential problems and how to handle them if they arise.
What circumstances do you think might occur to cause a client to be unhappy? What steps will you take to repair the relationship?
To read other posts from our expert panel, visit the WIBB blog at www.massagetoday.com/wibb/
Click here for previous articles by Cherie Sohnen-Moe.
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