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2016: A Year in the Life of Acupuncture
Happy Holidays, may you, your family and friends have peace, joy and blessings throughout this special time of year. As 2016 comes to a close, we can look back and celebrate the many events and accomplishments for the profession of acupuncture.
Dedicated to Defending Chiropractic
Whether you're a veteran DC or a first-trimester student, the name George McAndrews should be part and parcel of your professional vernacular, as familiar as the word chiropractic.
Southwest Acupuncture College Brings It to Division 1 Athletes
When Michael Phelps' photograph with the distinctive round marks left by cupping went viral, the Division 1 student athletes treated through the Dal Ward Athletic Center at the University of Colorado (CU) could relate.
Little Sticker, Big Impact
It's the end of an election year. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump were the subject of conversation for everyone, everywhere for the entire 2016 calendar year. I don't think any of us can deny that this election affected us all very deeply on a personal level.
Branding: Set Your Practice Apart
Dr. Brad started his practice seven years ago on a shoestring budget. He created his generic logo in five minutes using a website because he didn't have the time to figure out how to make something special.
A Letter to the Profession from the New President at AAAOM
Volunteering for a national, nonprofit organization brings with it such highs, lows, and accomplishments, as well as a steep learning curve.
End of an Era Looms at NYCC
New York Chiropractic College recently announced that Dr. Frank Nicchi will retire in August 2017 after 36 years with the college, the past 17 as president.
Molecular Motors: Tiny Machines Behind the Rhythm of Life
In the clinic, we aim to restore healthy patterns of movement for qi that has gotten trapped or misdirected, or may have even collapsed. We may be focused on freeing stagnation, releasing heat or redirecting counterflow qi, but it often comes down to helping re-establish a flow of sorts.
Assessing Core Stability and ROM: 5 Basic Checks
One of the first steps in addressing core stability is assessing static posture, ranges of motion, and motion of the pelvic bones, sacrum, femurs, lumbar spine and thoracic spine.
All Fiber Is Not Created Equal
Sometimes the best place to start is at the end. So, the conclusion of this article is that all fiber is good ... but some fiber is better. Let's break it down. There are two main types of fiber: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
A Simple Protocol for Holiday Stress
It's winter, a time when we should be deep in reflection, eating warming foods and sleeping long hours. Following nature's rhythms, we restore our bodies and minds in preparation for the renewal of spring.
What We Can Learn From Spine Surgery
Patients with lumbar stenosis presumably present for conservative care to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery. However, providing clear guidance to these patients can be difficult for a number of reasons.
6 Steps to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet
People often ask me what defines success. Success, for me, is simple: doing exactly what you want to do in life. Whether it's the kind of practice you run, your life at home, your hobbies or something else, it's achieving anything you put your mind to.
A Q & A About Updated Codes
Yes, indeed there was an update to ICD-10 on Oct.1, 2016. This is a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and this type of update will occur every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Another Chance to Make a Difference
Just a few months ago, "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy" hit Louisiana. During this storm, one area experienced 31 inches of rain in 15 hours as almost 7 trillion gallons of water rained down in just one week across the state.
Chiro School Reunion: Whatever Happened to...?
I opened the door to the closet slowly, carefully, since I knew it contained a large number of precariously stacked file boxes. It also held numerous outdated gizmos with electrical cords of various lengths that could trip or strangle a person.
Meshing TCM With Environmental Pediatrics: Where's the Overlap?
Pediatrics has a long history within Chinese medicine dating back to the late Han dynasty (i.e., the late 200s CE), with the two primary areas of emphasis being herbal medicine and xiao er tui na (pediatric massage).
DVT: Know the Signs and You Could Save a Life
I lost a friend several months ago. He died from a pulmonary embolism (PE) secondary to a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) that originated in his lower leg. Bobby was in his mid-60s, soft-spoken and had a big heart.
News in Brief
New President / CEO Takes Office at Yo San University. Electroacupuncture for Constipation?
Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes (Pt. 2)
Most overuse injuries are benign, but there are some high-risk injuries that, if unrecognized or inappropriately treated, can result in significant loss in time from the sport or even require leaving the sport.
Can a Multivitamin Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence?
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multivitamin supplements in cancer prevention. However, with respect to preventing breast cancer recurrence, an important study was published in the Journal of Breast Cancer Research and Treatment in 2011 by Kwan ML, et al.
A First for the Profession: CCE Accredits First Chiropractic Residencies
The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) has awarded accreditation to all five chiropractic residency programs currently administered at Veterans Administration facilities, "the first residency programs in the nation ever to be awarded this distinction, a significant advancement in the evolution of chiropractic education," according to a VA press release announcing the milestone.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion. For example, aperitifs – drinks consumed before a meal to stimulate appetite and digestion – were originally derived from bitter herbs.
Simple Business Strategies
Begin to implement these tips today to maximize your income and delight your clients.
If you are a business owner, no doubt you are always looking for ways to maximize your income and please and delight your clients. It might be surprising to learn that making improvements can cost little to no money, save you time and effort and allow you to do what you love most - helping others.
First, let's look at your business as if it were a rose bush. While it may be thriving, it requires pruning on occasion in order for it to become the best it can be. Take a long look at your client list and identify any clients that have issues with chronic lateness or are repeated no-shows. These people are adding stress on your business and you.
Additionally, they cost you money, as in order to accommodate the late arrivals, you may feel forced to go past the original allotted time, throwing you off the remainder of the day with other clients. Even if another client is not impacted, you are.
Your peace of mind, your client relations and your bottom line are all impacted by these types of clients, and it is best to take corrective action and maybe peacefully part ways. If after a conversation about tardiness or no show does not bring the desired result, it is okay for you to release a client. While not desired, it is a natural progression if they are unwilling to respect your time. Making these strategic cuts can allow you to focus on other things that will enable your business to thrive.
Next, let's take a peek at what your day looks like. If you are the main revenue generator for your business, you might want to prune back some of your responsibilities that are non-revenue generating. Outsourcing some of these things may make sense and allow you more time to build relationships valuable to your business, and ultimately see more clients. An example of something you can outsource would be booking. There are a host of applications and software that can enable online booking. This can take you out of the line of fire and answering calls for appointments, and make this easier for everyone by doing this online.
What about your accounting processes? Are you crunching numbers, saving receipts, filing taxes, etc.? Wouldn't it be nice to have someone do this for you? I know what you might be thinking, hiring an accountant sounds like a luxury, when in fact, it is just simply smart business. This saves you time and potentially money, as an accountant will be able to find every possible deduction for your business and keep up with your taxes. With the time you now have free, you can be networking to grow your business instead of sitting with a calculator and pulling your hair out. You also get the added peace of mind that comes with having this professionally handled, so you don't have any surprises come April 15th.
So, now that we have taken the opportunity to save ourselves a bit of time and money, let us consider how we can enhance the way people can find us. Being easily found is paramount to gaining new clients. Perhaps you haven't yet made sure you are easily found on frequently searched goods and service directories. This is not difficult and does not cost you a penny. When someone is looking on either Google or Bing, you should make sure your business comes up in searches and your contact information is readily available. You can add relevant information about your business to these popular search engines in a few minutes.
No doubt there are other directories relevant to your local area. Check with your Chamber of Commerce and ask if there is a directory you can be added to, and while you are at it, find out when the next meeting is, and plan to attend. This brings me to networking, and this can pay off big if you do it right. Think of businesses in your area that your target client may frequent. Maybe it is a gym, a salon, a nursing home, a doctor, or any other business you can think of. Reach out to them and ask if you might be able to work together on promotions or marketing ideas to one another's clients. For example, perhaps you offer a new gym member 10% off their first visit with you. Conversely, someone coming to you for a massage may well be interested in receiving an offer for a discounted gym membership. Each of your businesses get visibility to your target markets by serving your clients and offering a special discount or deal for that loyalty.
Another idea would be to ask to leave business cards at the salon, offering patrons a special deal for coming to book an appointment with you just for being a client of the salon. You can offer the same to the salon and offer their card to your clients. Everyone loves a referral and it is a wonderful way to build your business while building your network.
And lastly, I would suggest you expand your target market. Perhaps you are currently focused on sports massage. Your bookings are regular, but you could see more clients. Give some thought to expanding your offerings. Sometimes all you need to do is take a continuing education class or gain a certification. CEU's are a must anyway, so why not make these CEU's help you earn more money. Maybe you add taping or massage cupping to your arsenal of tools you can employ to help your clients. These are very popular, and thanks to the Olympics, very much in the eye of the consumer right now. You can certainly ride that wave of popularity generated by these athletes to provide an outlet for those seeking information, and quite possibly, an appointment to see what it is all about. When you expand your knowledge and understanding of various modalities, you can work to add revenue by utilizing what you have learned and applying it to your business.
With a little delegation of work, a little more exposure, an alliance or two with other businesses and a little education, you can certainly have a great impact on your ability to retain more of what you earn and bring in new business. Just as with a garden, proper maintenance, upgrade, and pruning can lead to spectacular results.