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If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
March, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 03
WIBB Exclusive: Are You An Order Taker?
By Irene Diamond, RT
If you want more clients, more appointments, the money and all the rest that goes along with a successful practice, then I encourage you to become familiar with a concept I feel is so important that I teach it in ALL my business and clinical seminars and programs.
The concept is called "The Advisor vs. The Order Taker." Now, I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that most of you are Order Takers. It makes sense that you are an Order Taker, and it's not a bad thing, it's just not effective in running a business.
Client: "Can you spend most of the session on my back and shoulders and leave 5 minutes for my feet?" (And the therapist does it.)
Client: "I'm so tired, I know we were gonna do some exercises today, but can I just have a massage instead?" (And the therapist does it.)
Client: "That was great, thanks, I'll call you to re-book in about a month or so." (And the therapist accepts it.)
I understand why therapists are Order Takers and do the type of things I illustrated above, it makes sense. Most of us became a therapist because we want to help people, and many of us are very gentle by nature, so sometimes when I suggest people take control of their business and adopt more of an Advisor role, it doesn't feel natural. Also, for some therapists, it is also because they are not confident in their ability to BE an Advisor in regards to clinical results, protocols and handling client expectations. Is that you?
Another reason most therapists are Order Takers is because in massage school, most of us were taught to provide a massage, but not taught how to create therapy plans or taught about the business of running a successful therapy business.
I could spend hours on just this concept but today, I'm going to give you a simple place to start so you can begin to take on the Advisor role." When you are an advisor to your clients, they appreciate your advice. Your clients will begin to see you as a higher-level service provider and it will certainly help you separate yourself from all the other "regular therapists" in your area.
Let's look at the same three scenarios, but I will change them so you can see what an Advisor Therapist would do instead.
Client: "Can you spend most of the session on my back and shoulders and leave 5 minutes for my feet?" (And the therapist responds, "I can understand you want me to work on your feet however, I know your original complaint was the knots in your back, so my therapy plan for today was to address that for you. We can always add on 15 minutes of extra time or schedule another session for your feet.")
Client: "I'm so tired, I know we were gonna do some exercises today, but can I just have a massage instead? " (And the therapist responds, "That's correct! We scheduled that I was going to teach you some stretches and strengthening exercise today. If we don't do that today, it will delay your progress, so I suggest we stay on the plan.")
Client: "That was great, thanks, I'll call you to re-book in about a month or so." (And the therapist responds, "Sure, I'll wait to hear from you, but since you were saying that knot between your shoulder blades keeps coming back. I think it would be best for you to see me for three more sessions within the next 10 days so we can finally try our best to stop it from being a chronic problem for you. Does that sound good? Great, let's schedule you now in my calendar so you get the best times for you!)
Like I mentioned, responding like this is all part of being the Advisor for your client. Remember, they are not an expert in therapy, You are! They want (and need) your advice on what is best for them. (Within your scope of practice). When you take this Advisor role approach, you will not only see happier client results BUT your practice will begin to be much more consistently filled!
Now, I'll be the first to say, this approach will NOT be for everyone. It only works if you are absolutely clear that you CAN be an advisor. If you are still a little wishy-washy, just continue to do what you've been doing until you feel more confident in your skills and knowledge. But I am sure, if you look closely at the therapists who are crushing it in their practices – you'll see they are Advisors to their clients.
Editor's Note: To read more from our expert WIBB bloggers, visit http://blog.massagetoday.com/wibb/.
Irene Diamond, RT, is the founder of the rehabilitation technique, Active Myofascial Therapy ~ The Diamond Method and creator of Successful Massage Therapist.org, the world-wide online resource for massage therapists. Irene is honored to be inducted into the Massage World Hall of Fame in 2013 for recognition of www.theDiamondMethod.com and www.SuccessfulMassageTherapist. Irene's next Active Myofascial Therapy seminar will be held August 2012 and therapists can register at http://TheDiamondMethod.com/Learn-AMT/Certification. You can also find tips from Irene by visiting the Women In Business Blog at www.massagetoday.com/wibb/.
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