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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.
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.
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?"
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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?
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Click here for more information about Michele McGrew.
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