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East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
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.
Click here for more information about Sharon Desjarlais, CC.
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