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An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
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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