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The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
May, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 05
Getting More Clients by Submitting Bylined Articles and Columns
By Cary Bayer
A third prominent arrow in your public relations quiver is the bylined article or ongoing column. These should be service pieces that provide useful information to readers; they shouldn't be blatant self-service articles in which you promote how wonderful you are and how people should come to you for massage.If your pieces give valuable information, they'll subtly inspire people to want to work with you.
Your articles should be like fresh breezes of inspiration. Explore the research done on massage that shows its benefits to different parts of the body and to overall health. Talk about the need for regular stress management in these tense times, etc. If the massage that you do is somewhat different — like Thai, Lomilomi or pre-natal — then focus your articles on informing readers of these lesser-known modalities and their benefits.
Since we learned how to walk before we learned how to run, it's better, with better publications, to propose a one-shot bylined article than an ongoing column. The reason should be obvious: it's harder to sell a dozen articles than it is to sell one, just like it's easier for a prospective client to book their first massage with you than to sign up for a package of a dozen. If the editor enjoys that first article, your chances of selling a regular column go up.
Proposing a bylined article has most of the same elements that pitching a round-up article or profile has. The major difference is that instead of having the article that you're proposing be staff written or assigned to a freelancer by the publication, you're proposing to write it.
Before penning your pitch letter for an article, research the publication to see if it, in fact, it carries articles by those who are neither staffers nor freelancers. Then see what their word length is. Your bylined piece can be done in either of two ways:
The downside of this approach is that you've gone ahead and written a piece on speculation with no idea if it will ever see the light of day. (If you have a newsletter, blog or website, it will see the light of day.) It's wise to include a sample of your writing; preferably a piece that shows off your flair with language. If you don't have a flair for language, then send off the writing of someone else who does have such flair and who would write the article if the editor gives you the green light.
The upside of sending off the sample article is that the journalist to whom you're pitching gets a chance to see how well you write and portentially approve the piece right then and there.
Pitching the ongoing column — a once-a-month frequency if the publication comes out monthly — involves additional work than just pitching a one-shot article. In this case, include a working title for your proposed writing, as well as titles for several future articles. It's essential to include a sample column, again making certain that it's of a similar length as other columns the publication carries.
A sample pitch for an ongoing column appears below.
Dear Mr. Smith:
With many holistic healers going out of business and their fees plummeting, with many taking straight jobs to pay the rent, this massage therapist is growing the size of her practice. How, in a deep recession, could a body worker grow so? What kinds of benefits is it necessary for a holistic healer to provide regularly to not only stay in business but thrive? And what are the scientifically documented benefits of massage that has people coming back for more?
I'd like to address these and many other aspects of massage therapy in a regular column that I would like to write for your magazine. The working title for such a column would be "Destress for Success." It would show how regular massage treatments help people become healthier and happier and serves as a foundation for them to become more successful, as well.
A sample column is enclosed; titles of future articles follows:
If I don't hear from you by next week, I'll call to see if you'd like to inspire readers with a monthly column on a modality that removes stress from their bodies and might add years to their lives.
Analyzing the Pitch
Once again, let's take a close look at this pitch for an ongoing column. You'll notice, first off, that it's targeted to Natural Awakenings Magazine, the franchise of regional wellness monthlies throughout the country. If there isn't one in your community, check out your local health food store or metaphysical center to see if there's a similar monthly publication covering the holistic growth scene in your area.
Second, it's implied from the pitch that I've already researched the magazine and seen there is no regular column on massage therapy. And third, I suggested that I'm qualified to write this ongoing column because my business is growing; in other words, despite a difficult recession, people keep flocking to my table.
A fourth key point: I listed several titles for upcoming articles that I'd write. And most importantly, point five, I've enclosed a sample column. (In this case, I haven't actually written such a column for you to read, but I'm suggesting that you would do that to accompany your pitch letter.)
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