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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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?
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.
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?"
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.
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?
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.
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.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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 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.
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.
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."
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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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