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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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?
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
April, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 04
Understanding How to Turn Consults Into Clients
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC and Michele McGrew
Have you ever met someone you knew you could help, but you held back from offering your therapy because it felt awkward or "salesy"? We get it. As a big-hearted healer, you probably cringe at the idea of selling your services.And that can make conversations with potential clients uncomfortable. Or worse, you might not have them at all.
The problem is, when you hold back, you also miss out on the positive impact — and the generous income — that are natural byproducts of your healing gifts. And the person you could have helped stays stuck in pain and frustration. Now, imagine you had an easy way to invite potential clients to work with you that allowed you to stay focused on service rather than sales. Here's one that's generous, authentic and actually feels good to offer: It's called a Breakthrough Session and is a complimentary phone consult you give as a healing gift to potential clients.
Don't be fooled here. We're not talking about your garden-variety phone consult, where someone calls and asks questions like, "What do you charge?" And you stammer out an answer. A Breakthrough Session is a 6-step business strategy you can use again and again to convert potential clients into paying clients. It's the key to filling your practice with clients you LOVE, without feeling like a used car salesman.
When you begin these conversations by allowing your potential client — we'll call her a guest — to give voice to her most pressing problems or pain, you act as a witness to her journey. And, according to author and intuitive Carolyn Myss, that's the most profound gift you can give another human being.
So, give your guest space to explore her pain and how it's impacting other areas of her life, like her children, her marriage or her career. Be willing to go deep, asking with light-hearted curiosity and compassion, "What is this really costing you?" Then hold a therapeutic presence as she follows the ripple effects of what her pain is costing her into every area of her life. This may even be the first time she's ever made this connection, so it can be an eye-opener.
Once your guest shares her feelings about the pain or the problem she's facing, take a moment to reflect that back to her in her own words. Resist the urge to put your own spin on things. This allows her to feel fully seen by you and it helps you feel certain that you understand where she's coming from. What's more, when people believe you understand their pain, they subconsciously credit you with the solution. And that alone puts you in a powerful position to be the healer she hires to help.
Create a Clear Picture
Of course, as a compassionate healer, the last thing you want to do is leave your guest in a state of pain and hopelessness. Now, you want to ignite her imagination by helping her paint a picture of what she wants her life to look like and feel like on the other side of her pain.
Try one of our favorite questions: "If I could wave a magic wand and your [pain, problem, challenge] was gone in an instant, what would your life look like then?" Then give your guest time to talk about all those activities she'd love to do that she can't do now. Does she miss gardening? Morning yoga classes? Lifting her grandkids onto her lap? Remember, your help represents more than pain relief. It improves her whole life.
As always, invite her to connect her vision to how she'll feel when she's there. Then, just as you did with her pain, reflect that back to her in her own words, staying focused on the big payoff that's possible when she's feeling vibrant and well.
Ask The Magic Questions
Once you've witnessed your guest's pain and held the space for her desire to unfold, ask her these two magic questions: "How were you hoping I could help you with this?" And, "On a scale from 1 to 10, how important is it for you to solve this?" They instantly create a bridge between your guest's problems and your expert help.
By asking her how she's hoping you can help, you're able to relate your services directly to her needs, so she instantly understands the value of what you offer. And the second question allows her to see how important her health and well-being really are, so she can finally make a decision to change.
Give Your Guest Hope
Of course, it's impossible to guarantee that anyone's life will change with your help, because every client responds in a unique way. What you can do is share stories about other clients with similar issues who have had successful therapeutic outcomes. When you do that, you bring to life what your guest believes is possible when she says yes to your services. And by engaging her mind in reaching a solution, the healing has already begun.
So feel free to demonstrate your expertise by sharing one or two of your favorite client-success stories. Be sure to include the results your clients experienced and how those results impacted other areas of their lives as well.
The "Aha" Moment
At this point in the Breakthrough Session, you've witnessed your guest's pain, you've elevated her into a higher vision of what's possible on the other side of that pain, you've helped her make her health a priority and you've given her hope that something better is possible. Now, to help her embody the value you offer, this is the perfect time to ask her what breakthroughs or "aha's" she experienced in the course of your conversation. You may hear things like, "I had no idea this was affecting my job so much." Or, "I just thought I had to live with this pain. I didn't think it was possible to move past it."
Whatever your guest comes back with, simply receive it. Then lead her to the next step with this simple transition question: "If I could help you go even further with this to powerfully move from where you are now to where you want to be, is that something you'd like to hear about?"
Offer a Solution
If your guest is someone you know you can help and you truly want to work with, it's time to offer her your therapy. But here's the key: People don't care about what you do, they care about how you can help them. So, when you're talking about your work, stay focused on the benefits, not on your process or modality.
Once you've shared a few possible outcomes your guest might enjoy when she makes the decision to work with you, ask her if she'd like to hear the investment. (Notice we didn't say price, fee or cost. That's because people naturally expect an investment to have a healthy payoff.)
Finally, share your investment with confidence. Then STOP TALKING. Let the value of your therapy resonate with your guest. Give her time to stretch into the improvements you're offering. Then get ready to schedule her first hands-on session. This is the moment your potential client becomes a paying client. And you become richly rewarded for doing the healing work you love.
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