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Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
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.
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.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
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.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
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.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
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.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
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.
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.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
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.
March, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 03
How to Clear the Path to a Wealth of Loyal Clients
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC and Michele McGrew
Do you know what the holistic practitioner's most valuable asset is? It's not your massage table. Or your treatment room. Or even the modalities you offer. It's the lifetime value of a faithful client who understands that whole-body health doesn't happen in one fell swoop. Instead it's a natural state that's revealed, layer by layer, over time.
That's the beauty of having a toolkit overflowing with services that address your clients' needs at every phase of their healing journey. Just ask MaryFrances Barbisan, a light-touch therapist in Calgary. She blends CranioSacral Therapy with massage, crystal therapy, wellness coaching, medical knowledge and intuitive insights to help busy professionals relieve the symptoms of stress. Then she tops it all off with a piece of "living vibrational jewelry" that complements her clients' fresh new state of well-being.
The problem comes in when you try to promote a laundry list of services like these. That's a sure-fire way of stopping new clients from walking in your door. Because you're putting them in the painful position of having to figure out which modalities they need and when they need them, which is overwhelming and confusing. And a confused mind always says, "No." Fortunately, there's an elegant solution. Bundle up all your services into one signature system that makes you the expert who gets to decide which modalities your clients need.
That's what MaryFrances did when she wrapped all her skills – even her jewelry – into her signature Radiance Rejuvenation system. Now her clients understand the outcome they can expect to get over time. And because the result is something they value, they're invested in reaching it.
Begin and End With Your Divine Right Client
What exactly is a signature system? It's simply the step-by-step journey you walk clients through that helps them get from the discomfort they're in when they first start working with you to the results they want at the end. The benefits of having a signature system are especially rich for you, because it gives you an easy way to talk about your work. When you say you've got a 5-step system for solving your client's most pressing health problem, they breathe a sigh of relief. Because you've got it all figured out for them.
That's why a strong signature system starts with knowing who your Divine Right Client is – that person who brings you more energy and more joy with every session. When you look back over your favorite clients, what similarities do you see in their characteristics, challenges and goals? Use those details to flesh out a Divine Right Client profile. But remember, before you guide your clients on any healing journey, you need to know where they want to go. Determine that by making a list of 30 results they get from working with you. Why 30? Because if you've been in practice for any length of time, listing 10 results should be easy. Stretching to 20 might be a challenge. But making the commitment to list 30 results forces you to become very specific.
It's easy to say that your clients leave your sessions with less pain and stress. But notice how the value of your therapy comes alive when you realize they're doing things like swinging a golf club, casting a fishing line, digging in the garden or pulling their grandchildren into their laps for the first time in years. To make this exercise even more potent, imagine that you're following your favorite client around for a day. What situations do you see them in that indicate they are enjoying the benefits of your work? Be sure to watch them from the moment they wake up. What are they doing in the morning to get ready for their day? How are they responding to their clients and colleagues once they get to work? How well are their creative juices flowing and how is that impacting their income? How are they handling their children, their partner or spouse around the dinner table at night? What future do they dream about now when they finally nod off to sleep?
Allow the Path to Reveal Itself
Once you have your 30 results, you're ready to give birth to your signature system. Here's the best part: right now, this moment, it's already alive inside of you. You just need an intuitive process that gently coaxes it to come out. We recommend our Signature System Pathway Process. It's based on the holistic concept that we each subconsciously store information in and around our body. When we set the intention and create the space for that information to reveal itself, the signature system comes bubbling up like magic.
To uncover your signature system, start by choosing a room indoors where you won't be disturbed. It should have plenty of space to walk in a straight line without having to dodge furniture or stacks of books. Even a long hallway works well. Now, with a pen and paper in hand, stand at one end of that space as if you're standing at the gateway to a path that leads across the room. As you look down along that path, allow your gaze to gently rest at the far end. And imagine that your Divine Right Client is standing there, in that space, enjoying the results of your work.
You may see them. You may hear them. You may feel them. Or you may simply intend to know that they are there. There's no wrong answer; it's only the connection with your satisfied client that counts. When you finally have a strong sense of your client, take a deep breath and then take one step forward. And when both of your feet land on the ground, ask yourself, "What's the first thing my client needs to do to get from where they are when they first start working with me to those results they are experiencing at the end?" Then pay attention to the ideas that pop up. Sometimes they come fast and clear. Other times they're wisps and impressions. Don't edit yourself or judge what comes up. Just write it all down.
Once you get a sense of completion, take another step forward and ask yourself, "Now what's the next step they need to take to get to those results at the end?" Allow that one to reveal itself, too, then continue along the path until you've reached the last healing step. When you're done? Celebrate! Join your imaginary client at the end of the path and soak up all their joy and gratitude. Congratulations, you've just uncovered the path to more clients like them.
Now Bring Your Logic Back In
Once you've got the first draft of your signature system, refine it by starting at the beginning and walking the whole path again. As you do, read each step out loud. Does each one feel solid and complete? Good, that's what you're looking for. Don't worry if the steps don't sound special. You're not writing for your website or brochure yet, just confirming that each step is correct.
Now you're ready invite your logical mind back in for some fun. Under each step, make three columns with these headings at the top:
Under Points to Make, jot down a few notes about why this step is important. Under Tools to Use, list the modalities and exercises you enjoy using most at this stage in the healing journey. And under Results They Take Away, write the results your clients get from this particular step. Each step represents a mini-outcome along the path. Then they all weave together to lead to the ultimate result your clients want at the end.
A Tantalizing Name
Once you've refined your signature system, you want to give it an attractive name that'll appeal to your Divine Right Client. The key? Don't name it for what it includes. Name it for the ultimate result your clients take away. In MaryFrances' case, her clients feel so rejuvenated after her sessions, they radiate. Which made Radiance Rejuvenation the perfect name for her signature system.
So, what's the biggest result your ideal clients crave? Name your system after that. Then use it to fill your practice with a wealth of new clients who return, again and again, for your healing gifts.
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