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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 07
Need a Massage? Call Your Competition for an Appointment
By David Kent, LMT, NCTMB
Who do you call when you need a massage? Many therapists schedule with someone they know from school, met at work or at a seminar. However, who do your clients call when they are in crisis, need a massage and you are on vacation, a conference, unexpectedly out of town for a funeral or caring for a family member, are unable to work due to injury or just so busy you have no appointments available? Do you have a backup plan? If you cannot provide the service, whom do they call? Where else could they go? What questions will be asked? What will they see, hear, feel and smell? What techniques does the therapist integrate? What products do they use? Does the therapist offer self-care recommendations? Are Wellness Packages for regular massage treatments available? How much is a session and are they a good value? Would you consider rescheduling and referring your clients? The answers to these and many more questions are easy to learn. There is much to be learned by placing yourself into the role of the consumer.
The process helps you appreciate what the public experiences when looking for a therapist. After receiving treatments from others, you can refer with confidence based on your own personal experience. Clients are grateful for your efforts of referring to ensure they always receive care. Do not fear that your family, friends, co-workers and clients will permanently leave if you refer them to another therapist. Both my dentist and doctor, over the years on rare occasions, have referred me to other practitioners when they were out of town and I have always returned. I have referred clients to other therapists and they have also returned.
It is human nature to be curious and when a new store, restaurant or massage therapy establishment opens, people want to go check it out. If you owned a hamburger or vegan restaurant and another one opened in your area, would it be reasonable to go visit the location, experience the service and taste the food? This self-care strategy will "keep your finger on the pulse" of the various services, techniques, modalities and rates throughout your community.
Do not be intimidated to call the competition. They are open for business, happy to see you and provide the service. Have fun and enjoy the process aach time you decide the type of therapy and call a mobile therapist or go to their clinic or spa. At the end of each session, you should write a list of everything you learned about the intake process, sheets, table, hot packs, table warmer, music, techniques, modalities, packages, retail merchandise, etc. Next, list the areas of your practice that could improve based on your findings. Then, follow through and take the actions necessary to implement the changes.
You have invested a lot of time, energy and money establishing your career. There are many factors influencing consumers looking for a massage therapist in addition to location, availability, technique, quality and price. Being a consumer and paying for the session is very enlightening. There is a big difference between knowing what to do and doing what you know. Going to other therapists provides a unique perspective of the big and small things often overlooked but that are vitally important to the success of a practice. Stay informed, connected and on the cutting edge of your profession. Keep an open mind, be aware, observe, experience, learn and implement. Caring for yourself is a smart way to learn how to better care for your clients. If you are not available, pain will drive your clients to seek massage elsewhere, so be a helpful resource by guiding them to the right place. Referrals are an extension of your practice, so make each one count. Now is the time to call the competition and schedule a massage.
Editor's Note: Visit www.massagetoday.com to watch David Kent's video related to this article.
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