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Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. 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.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
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.