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The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
May, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 05
Offline Marketing Techniques: Opportunities to Help Grow Your Business
By Daniel Ruscigno
In a world that is becoming increasingly dominated by connected devices, when we think of marketing, we often think of online and social media marketing. A lot of attention is given to Facebook and Twitter, as well as CPC advertising.While those channels often provide great results, it's important to take some time to remember that the offline world offers plenty of marketing opportunities to help grow your business.
While marketing occurs at various points throughout the customer life cycle, we will primarily focus on marketing strategies to obtain new clients. The key to growing any business is getting your name out there and while it will happen organically through word of mouth (if you provide a service worth talking about), there are quite a few things you can do to get the ball rolling.
The first strategy to discuss is direct mailing of acquisition post cards. This means sending a post card to all the homes in your neighborhood to let them know your business exists and you are looking for new customers. In terms of content, you want to use relaxing imagery and focus your writing on only the most important message. You will want to include your business name, address, contact information and a list of the services you provide. Acquisition cards work best when you have a special offer. For example, you can offer a 10% discount to people that bring in your post card. Not only is this a great incentive, but it also allows you to measure how effective your direct mail campaign is.
Once your card is designed, the next step is choosing where to send the post cards. For a highly populated area, you might only send to all homes within a one or two mile radius of your business. For a more rural area, it may be a ten-mile radius. The goal is to reach people within a reasonable distance of your clinic. Sending mail this way is referred to as ad-mail and there are plenty of companies that can help you organize mailing out your campaign.
Another great way to get your name out there is to get involved with the local community. Most neighborhoods throw community events and look for sponsorship money to help fund the event. These are great opportunities to get your name out there, because in return for your sponsorship dollars, your business name will be placed on banners, in brochures and often mentioned during speeches. Showing your support for the community is a great way to gain publicity and leave a positive impression with people. As with acquisition cards, you may want to offer a special to go along with your sponsorship.
In addition to neighborhood events, communities also often host trade shows or markets. What's available in your area largely depends on the size of your city and you may see opportunities ranging from exhibiting at large fitness trade shows to smaller street festival events where you can set up your massage table and promote your business to festival goers.
Continuing with the theme of getting involved with your community, the next marketing strategy is the sponsorship of a local sports team. This really seems to be an untapped opportunity for massage therapists. It's likely that your community has adult sports leagues for football, baseball, basketball and several other sports. This is great opportunity because when people play sports, they often sustain injuries and would benefit from a visit to your clinic. As the sponsor of a local sports team, your name will be first and foremost on the minds of the team you've sponsored, as well as all of their opponents, which amounts to hundreds of active adults in your neighborhood.
The strategy of targeting active adults doesn't stop there. You can also get in touch with your local gym and ask to leave some business cards or put up posters promoting your business. Active people tend to want to keep their muscles healthy and going to the gym is just one part of it. Letting them know that regular massages will improve their performance is a surefire way to grow your business. To reciprocate, you can offer to promote their gym to your clients.
Local, offline marketing can really be fun and allows you the opportunity to really get creative. We've only scratched the surface here, but the key take away is that you and your business are part of the local community and you shouldn't be afraid to get involved, shake a few hands and be shameless in the promotion of your business. After all, it's much harder to put a face to a name if you're trapped behind Facebook or Twitter all day.
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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