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Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
April, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 04
Learning to Create a Need for Your Clients
By Velvete Womack, PhD, LMT, CE, MI
Last month we discussed just how important it is to be professional when it comes in our industry of massage, and some ways to enhance the practice of massage to become even more valuable to clients.In the world of business, there is a very old saying that goes like this, "Help people see that they need something that they didn't even know they needed." What this means is simply this, create a need.
As I was shopping for my holiday goodies, I noticed that my local grocery store had put together isles of ideas. They put together a display of green beans, dried onions, cream of mushroom soup and even a dish to put it all in. Isn't that genius? They made me want to buy all those ingredients because they invoked a spark in me that reminded me I "needed" a green bean casserole for my holiday dinner. I really didn't need it, but I wanted it after seeing the display.
When clients come to us, we can simply let them tell us what they need and be very limited, or we can let them know the added benefits of a hot paraffin hand and foot dip and add it to their current session. As therapists, it is our job to inform folks of other services we provide that they might need.
There are many clients that receive massage therapy because of arthritis pain. If we have a client that is having pain in their fingers or toes, then additional therapy would not only be good for them, but also good for you because you are now servicing a need they didn't know they had. As we evolve as professionals, we need to arm ourselves with knowledge and awareness. It's our responsibility to always be on the lookout for what the client might need that they didn't even know they needed.
Have you ever noticed your physician bill when you are checking out? Before they started using computers, the form had these little boxes that would indicate a particular diagnoses, then under the main heading it would have a list of subcategories that would go along with the diagnoses. This would allow the physician or nurse to check additional services, tests or revisits to ensure that all the patient's needs had been covered and/or billed.
In our profession, creating a system of what a client might need or want while making it very visible to the client will enhance not only the level of professionalism that we stand for, but it will also increase our bottom line, just like the green bean casserole display! Let's play and put it all together.
The reason I do additional services and then one for conditions, is because some clients will want these services just because they are available. It's genius really. And the more conditions you have that are reasonable on your service menu, the more professional, caring and knowledgeable you will not only appear but will become.
If I have a lot of golfers coming into my clinic or this is a target market for me, I'm going to make sure I have something specific for them on my board. And don't limit yourself with thinking that this means you can only provide additional services in-house. I make sure that my out call clients have the same experience and benefits as if they were walking into my clinic. Of course, I'm probably not going to be providing hot wax sessions, but I can do stones. There have been a number of clients that have benefited from hot stones during an out call. Using a small crock pot and having some medium size stones work perfectly. It's a way for me to upgrade the session or just provide an additional service at no charge.
Each client is a treasure chest full of ideas and new ways to assist and help others. Listen to your clients and what they complain about then solve a need for them. Together we grow and expand. Evolution takes partnerships. We can't evolve alone we need each other in order to grow.
Dr. Velvete H. Womack, PhD, LMT, CE, MI, is a published author, inventor, licensed massage therapist and wellness coach. With more than 35 years in corporate American, and in the medical and holistic field of health and wellness, Dr. Womack strives to provide individuals tools that will aid in balance and stress reduction. For more information, visit www.massagebyvelvete.com.
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