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A "Modern" Business Model. Acupuncturists may have a new professional atmosphere to consider, as a new concept is on the horizon - at least for one business.
The First (Only) Choice for Spinal Pain
The study on NSAIDs for spinal pain summarized on the front page of this issue is intriguing on a number of levels, the most obvious being the conclusion that "compared with placebo, NSAIDs do not provide a clinically important effect on spinal pain, and six patients must be treated with NSAIDs for one patient to achieve a clinically important benefit in the short-term."
Good Works at the Canandaigua VA
Faculty and students of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (FLSAOM) of the New York Chiropractic College have provided acupuncture to veterans at the Veterans' Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Canandaigua, New York since September of 2007.
The Qi Focus: A Guide to Managing Stress
Stress, are you experiencing heightened stress levels? Your own, and your clients? Is Trumpitis getting to you? I recently polled a cluster of acupuncturists, Asian Bodywork Therapists (ABT) and psychotherapy colleagues on the issue.
Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Why Now Is the Time to Expand
In my January article, "Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Is It Time for Change?" I discussed the use of the term primary spine care practitioner, the loss of privileges to diagnose in Texas, and the fact that the definition of "chiropractic" varied from state to state.
What's Bugging You? Probiotics and Your Health
An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms representing more than 500 different species inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.
How to Correct a Cuboid Subluxation
Cuboid subluxation is a poorly recognized condition, even though it is not uncommon. It has been described in the literature under various names: cuboid subluxation, cuboid syndrome, locked cuboid, dropped cuboid, cuboid fault syndrome or peroneal cuboid syndrome.
Toxicity & Kids: The Importance of Environmental Intake
The old adage is true that children are not little adults. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has long known that the physiology of children is unique, as are the diseases that plague them.
The Chiropractor's Guide to CRISPR
Science magazine's "Breakthrough of the Year" award for 2015 was described as "the gene-editing tool called CRISPR." CRISPR stands for "clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats."
Treating the Terrain of Chronic Sinus Infections
Chronic sinus infections can be stubborn to treat, but the therapeutic path forward can be simplified when utilizing three distinct treatment principles which take into account the terrain of the body, and the way in which microbes grow.
Chiropractic: A Great Fit for the White House
Dr. Eric Kaplan is a New York Chiropractic College alumnus; a No. 1 best-selling author whose books include Awaken the Wellness Within and The 5 Minute Motivator; a chiropractor for professional sports teams and elite athletes; and even served as an advisor under the Clinton Administration to the President's Council on Sports & Physical Fitness.
Give Your Patients the Ergonomic Advantage
Prolonged sitting contributes to low back pain and is a health risk. When I discuss my POLITE technique practice recommendations with patients, ergonomics may be last, but not least!
Treating LBP the Right Way: Think Natural
An updated clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends spinal manipulation and other non-invasive, non-drug therapies as first options for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain, rather than pain medications, as stipulated in the original 2007 guideline.
Integrative Cardiology: The Heart of TCM & Western Medicine
Patient centered therapy is a growing trend in hospitals that are expanding to boutique services.
Shedding Light on the Benefits of Heliotherapy
I can't imagine anyone not feeling good strolling in the sun on a beautiful spring day. The sun is responsible for all life on earth and is best illustrated along the equator touting the richest biodiversity on the planet, in stark contrast to the Arctic Circle and South Pole.
Insomnia Treatment Based on the Yu Theory
In recent years, acupuncture has risen in popularity as a form of alternative or supplemental medicine for the treatment of many different types of disorders.
Waist Circumference: A Conversation Starter (Part 2)
Now let's discuss the clinical approach to reducing WC and implementation in today's chiropractic practice. The primary intervention centers around dietary modification and lifestyle habits aimed to reduce adiposity, improve insulin sensitivity and ultimately, diminish systemic metabolic dysfunction.
Caring for Refugees in Greece
At the beginning of 2016 I had no idea what was in store for me, but I was looking forward to a personal retreat on the Greek island of Paros; a graduation gift to myself after 22 years of motherhood, and four-plus years of Chinese medicine school.
Help Save an Important Chiropractic Landmark
The chiropractic profession has a splendid and varied history. Sadly, many landmarks have been lost to bulldozers and wrecking crews, such as the Ryan Building, Little-Bit-O-Heaven, Spears Chiropractic Hospital, and Clearview Sanitarium.
NSAIDs No Better Than Placebo for Spine Pain
A meta-analysis of randomized, placebo-controlled trials comparing the efficacy and safety of NSAIDs with placebo for spinal pain concludes that among 6,065 spine pain patients, "NSAIDs reduced pain and disability, but provided clinically unimportant effects over placebo."
5 Ways to Enhance Your Family Practice
Every practice has a personality style. A practice that caters to athletes, PI cases or adults, for example, projects differently to patients than a family wellness practice.
Marketing Deep Tissue vs. Spa Massage
Recently, while I was staying with my wife at a resort hotel, which happened to have a beautiful spa on the premises, I purchased a vacation package that included, among other things, a Swedish massage for each of us. My wife and I typically get a massage at least twice a month, and have for many years. Personally, I hadn't experienced a Swedish session since the last time I ate a Swedish meatball, which was many moons ago. More for professional purposes as a marketing coach for massage therapists than for my body's own rejuvenation, I decided to sign up for that particular treatment, instead of upgrading for $10 more for deep tissue. I figured since it's been such a long time since I've experienced a Swedish session, let me see what some of my deep tissue-oriented massage therapist clients of mine were competing against.
How Sweetish it Wasn't
The best way that I can think of depicting the 50-minute massage I received — which, by the way, was only 45 minutes on the table — was the rubbing on of oil. To say that the therapist's touch was light would be a bit of an insult to the word light. Now, to be fair, she did apply some pressure on the two areas that I told her were hurting when she asked what was going on in my body. But the word "some" is the way I'd characterize the pressure that she used. Light is probably a better way of characterizing her touch on the troubled areas; remember the rest of her massage was light lite. If Miller Lite beer used to be promoted with the campaign theme, "Everything you always wanted in a beer and less," her touch would best be described as, "nothing you always wanted in a massage and less."
If you go into a conscious eating establishment, you may very well encounter the expression "gluten-free," to explain, for example, how the bread was baked. I'm very familiar with gluten-free bread; I hadn't been familiar before with "glute-free" massage. That's how I'd have to depict the therapist's manner of treating my gluteus muscles. Well, free isn't exactly fair; she did spend almost one minute on each glute — over the sheets.
Knowing what I do about massage, having received many hundreds of massages during the course of my lifetime, I would never describe the three quarters of an hour that I spent on her table as anything like therapy. I'd have to call it relaxation, at best. (Although, I have to admit that the frustration I felt with her virtually no-pressure touch was anything but relaxing. But I laughed to myself when I realized that I did, after all, sign up for Swedish massage, so there it was, Swedish lite.)
Now, if you're a massage therapist who specializes in doing do deep tissue work, and there are a lot of therapists in your area who do principally relaxation massage, or if there are spas in your market that are popular, marketing yourself as a massage therapist who does massage therapy, as compared to relaxation massage, can be very strategic and an effective way to build your business. You might even tell people that Swedish massage is like deep tissue massage the way a fruit punch at a heavily chaperoned high school prom dance is like heavily spiked rum punch at a Caribbean local bar.
Swedish vs. Deep Tissue
The first thing I'd recommend in your advertising communication is to show the superiority of deep tissue massage versus relaxation massage. You could say that relaxation is a by-product of massage therapy; it needn't be the goal. (This is not to say that there's no value in giving or receiving a relaxation massage. In our highly stressed and tense world, where people spend 10 hours a week or more commuting to work in crowded trains, buses, and highways, relaxation is a highly valuable asset.) Even if a considerable amount of pain is felt in a deep tissue treatment, there's still some relaxation that results by the time the session is complete. It's expected that a client will leave a massage therapist's table relaxed and more free of pain. To be perfectly honest, I felt more relaxed waiting for 15 minutes in the waiting room next to a delightful flowing fountain than I did during, or after, the session I took at the spa.
A headline that you could use to compare your deep tissue treatments to the fluff and buff of some competitors, who specialize in relaxation massage, or spas, which do a great deal of Swedish sessions, could say the following:
MASSAGE IS THERAPY, NOT JUST RELAXATION. Body copy in the ad could then go on to cite research on massage that shows in a scientific manner just how much physical healing actually occurs with therapeutic massage.
Another headline could speak to the shortness of spa treatments. It could say: MY MASSAGES ARE AN HOUR, NOT JUST 50 MINUTES. Body copy might also indicate that your hour-long sessions often spill over an hour, while spa treatments often are just 45 minutes on the table.
You could also conclude either ad with a touch of humor: You could show a picture of the CBS-TV news program, 60 Minutes, and have a caption that says, When a show is called 60 Minutes, it goes for 60 minutes, not 50 minutes. Or you could say: Deep tissue vs. Swedish is more like therapy vs. "sweetish." Sweet is nice, but then so is candy. But you wouldn't use candy to heal your body — maybe to heal a broken heart, but not to heal tense and tired muscles.