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Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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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