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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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