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Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
February, 2016, Vol. 16, Issue 02
Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
By Stephanie Beck
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.Many health practitioners are reluctant to fully dive into content marketing for fear of being too personal, they believe their patients won't respond to it, or they are mostly concerned about overstepping that client-patient barrier. However, if you stop to consider it, most of your clients are in your treatment room because they trust that you understand their needs and know how to help make them feel better. They aren't choosing to get treatment based on a license or sign outside your office; they have chosen you because you made that connection with them. So how do you humanize your marketing and create these relationships without crossing boundaries?
Here are five steps to present your content that allows you to humanize your message so you aren't spewing cold facts and data or being too promotional. You need to create a dialogue that requires two forms of communication. To get people talking, they first have to feel like they are interacting with a real person.
Consider yourself a teacher in the sense you want to educate your clients, but not lecture them. You can teach your ideal audience using how-to's, answer frequently asked client questions, provide enough product information so they can make an informed decision and make sure the information is shareable. The worst thing I hear happening is from people who say, "I've sent her emails without responses, or all I ever get is a voice mail or answering machine." And I know we've all seen this on social media, those pages that haven't had updates in days, weeks or even the once a year post! When I come across those pages, I feel like there should be a tumbleweed rolling across the page. If there is a question or comment that has gone unanswered for days or weeks, patients, potential clients and all 300 of their friends see this response, or dare I say lack of one and it is direct reflection on your practice. Now, I know you are about to pelt me with a slew of excuses about how busy you are with clients and back-to-back appointments, but you are both a business owner and practitioner! You have a responsibility to respond. So, guide your readers to the conclusions you want them to make about your practice by utilizing content that answers those questions.
Be human. The Internet consists of human conversations, especially when it comes to emails and social media, so when you create content, the human element needs to be integrated into every aspect of your offering. Skip the technical, corporate, practitioner talk and speak to them like you would your grandmother or best friend. If you hire a company or join a service that offers postings, be sure they have a human touch. Do they have real people creating content for real people? If you are going to have someone else managing your email, blog or social media content and responses, make sure they speak human or provide examples of how you want your responses. One way to show your humanity is to use photographs and videos of your employees or you.
Expand your content creation efforts across your organization or professional community. The most common complaint I hear all the time from practitioners is the lack of content or more likely, the lack of resources for content, the time to find it, or lack of funds to pay to have it created. One way to expand your budgetary funds is to use others within your professional community to support your content efforts. You don't have to create every piece of content, nor do you have to pay someone to create it for you. The continuing education providers, manufacturers, distributors, and professional organizations know what your patients and potential patients are asking and wanting to achieve from your services. So, it only makes sense to utilize the content they have provided you. Most continuing education providers have some kind of marketing content for their customers to use. I know the majority of the professional organizations provide consumer magazines, research, articles and blog posts for the consumer mindset. Utilize these resources you have freely available to you.
Consider how your clients like to communicate and think beyond text on a page. There is an old saying about how to be successful in marketing and it makes reference to the fact that to be successful, a business has to be "reaching the right people at the right time with the right message." However, with today's world, I like to modify it by saying in order to be successful a business needs to reach the right people, at the right time, with the right message, on the right device. Some patients are going to enjoy visuals, some will like to listen to podcasts, others will want to interact with webinars, others will relate more to videos. You have to consider your clientele, not necessarily how you like to learn and interact. Is it text messaging, is it a pre-recorded tele-seminar, or is it a video?
If your clients are always on the go, we have to relate to them how they want to be reached. That may mean creating a weekly podcast or perhaps your blog posts are actually vlogs (no, that's not a typo – that is a blog post that is a video instead of a written format.) We have to adapt our delivery to go where the people are, when they are there and yes, that may mean traveling into new online and digital territory. The worst mistake is to think that because you may not have any interest in it, doesn't mean your customers don't either. We have to expand our minds, broaden our horizons and dare I say it, break out of our comfort zones.
Have a virtual business content buddy with whom you can discuss ideas. If you are a solopreneur or perhaps the only one in the practice in charge of marketing, this is especially important for you. You need to get plugged in to a group either online or in person that can support and inspire you to produce great content. With today's technology, this is easily accomplished via the Internet without having to leave your office or home. Having a content buddy to share ideas, ask questions and get feedback is helpful. You can find like-minded people, even those who aren't in the industry but are marketers or business owners who can help inspire ideas that you can modify to things that can be used for your practice. Join a state organization, attend the monthly meeting or find a good group on LinkedIn or Facebook and connect with someone there.
I know this is a lot to consider, but the bottom line is this: the more you incorporate the human element into your content marketing, the better it will connect and resonate with your ideal target audience. The better the connection, the more growth you should experience.
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