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Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
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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