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Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
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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