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Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
November, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 11
The Three Basics of Search Engine Optimization for Massage Therapists
By Daniel Ruscigno
Once upon a time, potential clients turned to the phone book to find new healthcare practitioners. They would sift through the pages to find an office close to them and call to book an appointment.In today's world, their strategy has changed. Instead, clients first turn to Google and search online for healthcare practitioners near them. Because of this, every practice with a website should make search-engine optimization (SEO) a priority in their online growth strategy.
What is the goal of SEO?
The goal of SEO is to increase the amount of visitors that your website gets from people doing searches on Google. More website visitors translates to more new clients and more appointments.
For example, if you are a massage therapist in Chicago and someone searches on Google for "massage therapists in Chicago," you will get the most website visits if you are the first result listed on the search results page. Below are basic steps to start your journey to the top of the search results.
Step 1: Choose Key Phrases
When the client types their search into Google, the words they use are called "keywords" or "key phrases." The first step in SEO is to choose the key phrases that are relevant to your business and that will appear in the Google search results.
Tip 1: Think like your client. The most important part of choosing a keyword is thinking about what your potential client is going to search for. Remember, it's what they type that determines what will show up in the search results. For a massage therapist, a client may search for "massage therapists," "deep-tissue massage," "hot stone massage," etc. They probably won't be searching for "Jane Smith, LMT." Choose key phrases/words that are likely to be searched.
Tip 2: Be location-specific when choosing your key phrases. This is because key phrases as broad as "massage therapist" are going to have competition from massage therapists across the country. The more competition there is for a key phrase, the harder it is get your website on the first page of the search results. Instead, be specific based on your location with key phrases like, "massage therapist in Chicago." These types of key phrases will have less competition, and because they are location-specific, it's likely the visitors you get from the search results will be from potential new clients in your neighborhood.
Tip 3: Choose a different key phrase for each page of your website. Each of your web pages should have their own dedicated key phrase. This gives you more opportunities to appear in the search results. For example, a massage therapist in Chicago could choose the key phrase "massage therapist in Chicago" for her home page. On the page where she talks about the hot stone massage that she offers, she could choose the key phrase, "hot stone massage in Chicago."
It's important that the key phrase you choose is relevant to the page you are choosing it for.
Step 2: Where to Put Key Phrases
Once you've chosen your key phrases for each page, you need to put them into action. The way to do this is to put them into three key spots on each web page. This part of SEO is slightly technical, so you may want to recruit the help of the person that made your website.
Spot #1 – Title tag. The title tag is the official title of the page and appears as the blue link shown in the Google search results. It is the most important place for your key phrase, as the title tag is a mini executive summary that tells Google what your web page is about.
Spot #2 – Header tag. The header tag is the large text at the top of your website. It clearly defines the web page's purpose and theme to your website visitor. Because it is usually near the top of the page and in larger text, Google translates this as being important information that defines what your web page is about.
Spot #3 - Body of the page. While the previous two are the most important, it's also helpful to have your keyword one more time on that page, casually mentioned in your descriptive paragraph. This offers Google some extra validation that your key phrase is relevant to your web page.
Step 3 – Rising to the Top
Steps 1 and 2 are the basic steps to optimize your website to be read by Google. The third step is all about moving your way to the top of the search results. The way Google does this is like an election. Each website gets "votes" and the website with the most "votes" is the #1 search result.
In Google's case, "votes" equals links. So the final step is getting as many people to link to your website as possible. For example, you may get links from industry association websites, referring practitioners or in web articles written by you or about you. This is an ongoing process and it can take several weeks to see the results of your hard work. It's important to stick with it and slowly see your website rise up Google's search results.
Bonus: 3 Important SEO Tips
First, always use text for your keywords. Google can't read images well, so make sure your keywords are actually text, not pictures/graphics. Second, don't use Flash. Like images, Google can't easily read Flash, so it is best to avoid using it. It should also be noted that iPhones and iPads don't support flash, so a website visitor from one of these devices will just see a blank page. And third, don't overdo it with key phrases. If Google sees a key phrase on your website an unreasonable number of times, it will hurt your chances of being on the first page of the search results.
Daniel Ruscigno is the co-founder of ClinicSense (previously PatientCal). ClinicSense offers practice management software that helps with scheduling, soap notes, billing, electronic insurance claims and more. For more information, visit www.ClinicSense.com.
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