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Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
July, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 07
PR Outlet Shopping: Think Global, Act Local
By Cary Bayer
A major step in your public relations program is to find suitable outlets for your publicity material. Once you've located a variety of outlets for your message, it's wise to develop the many different elements of your message: press releases on news items, pitch letters for round-up stories, pitch letters for profiles, queries for bylined articles and queries for ongoing columns.
It's smartest to focus your public relations endeavors into print media on the local level, with minor attention on the state and national levels. Think local first: people will only become your clients if they can drive to you in less than an hour. Most communities have weekly newspapers; if it's a market that has its own daily newspaper, frequently the weekly paper will be free. In more rural areas, the weekly paper is the major source of news and usually has a small price tag.
The Weekly Read
Get a copy of the paper and study it — do they use columnists? If so, is anyone writing in each issue about health or stress management? If not, why don't you seize the opportunity and fill that niche? That, of course, is a rhetorical question. Naturally, you should look to become the expert in your paper. A letter to the editor, along with a sample column of the length of the other columns in the paper, could address this.
If they aren't using any columnists, don't let that stop you. Send off a letter to the editor, along with a sample column of about 400 words, in which you could propose that the paper add the kind of column that you have in mind. Make certain to indicate that you reside in the area — or that your business is headquartered in that locale or, if you do traveling massage, that you visit the homes of clients in that area. This is extremely important to the editors of local weekly papers whose entire focus is their specific small domain.
The Daily Round-Up
our daily newspaper is also a possible outlet for publicity about the work that you do as a massage therapist. Very few daily papers worth their salt, however, will offer you a forum to write guest articles. Instead, they would be more likely to prefer round-up articles that would be written by a staff reporter or a freelancer about different facets of massage and would involve interviews with several therapists.
State of the State
It's quite likely that your state has a monthly business publication. If you live in a very large city, there may be a business publication that comes out monthly. New York City, for example, not only has its own business publication, but it has one that comes out each week.
Does such a magazine run a regular column on health or stress management? If so, great, pitch them to become a columnist. If not, maybe it's time that they did and propose just that. When I was running my own PR/marketing firm, I once interested The New York Times advertising columnist to do a profile on a commercial director, even though both he and everyone else who preceded him as columnist never gave any coverage to that profession. In my pitch letter, I acknowledged that the Times never profiled such people and then I proceeded to explain why he should make an exception. He called me the next day saying that I was right and he did the interview. My client was both thrilled and astonished that I had created a PR miracle. He broke out the champagne for me and we toasted that miracle, a miracle that was borne of thinking outside the box.
While it's difficult for a massage therapist to score publicity in statewide outlets, it's certainly worth one letter. The reason that I recommend the story have a business angle is because most states have a business publication rather than a health publication. It's much more difficult to interest the editor of a business publication in a story about health than one on business — unless, of course, you propose an article that looks at how stress negatively impacts health and how that negatively impacts business.
National media hire the best reporters and editors in the country, so securing publicity here is going to be far more difficult for a massage therapist compared to local and state venues. Still, it never hurts to try. The basic letter that you wrote to your daily newspaper editor can be tweaked for the national media.
Why shouldn't publications like USA Today, Time or Ladies Home Journal, for example, carry articles on the benefits of and research on massage, specifically as an antidote to these harried times when people are worried sick over the economy, job insecurity and home foreclosures? If they run such an article, it would be written by either a staff writer or a freelance writer, so don't even suggest that you would write it. The reporter would interview massage therapists from different parts of the country; however you'd be the only one interviewed in your area, and the value of you being quoted in a national publication is a big deal and could bring a huge surge in your business. Naturally, it would be up to you to make sure that your clients and prospective clients see such an article.
There are also opportunities for PR on the Internet. There are places like the Huffington Post, for example, that are read by a general-interest consumer. There are also many sites dedicated to holistic health that are read by people seeking out non-traditional means of self-improvement.
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