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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.
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?
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.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)?
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
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.
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?!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 07
Tips to Make Your Retailing Adventure a Success
By Angie Patrick
Adding retail to your practice is a sound business idea proven to add unlimited revenue dollars to your business, while providing a profit for your bottom line. You potentially can add 20 to 80 percent or more to your income over treatment offerings alone! Numbers like that are difficult to ignore, especially when they are so easily within your grasp.
So, now that you have made the decision to offer products to your customers, where do you start? With so many decisions to make from product selection, to pricing, to merchandising, it's natural to feel a bit wary about taking the first step.I will share with you some ideas that can help you avoid making a mistake when beginning your new retailing adventure.
The first thing to identify is the type of therapy your services provide. Is your practice geared toward sports massage, relaxation massage, eastern therapies, holistic, energetic, spa, rehab or something else entirely? Once you have established what kind of market your clients comprise, you can begin to select products appropriate to your practice, as well as offering the greatest possibility of sell through.
Let's use sports massage as an example. Products appropriate for retailing in this type of environment would be hot and cold packs, analgesics, stretching tools, muscle relaxing bath soaks, exercise balls and so forth. The clientele for this type of massage would be more inclined to buy these types of items from their therapist because this is in the same realm as the therapy they seek from you. Offering items such as body scrubs and candles might not work as well in this sports massage environment. Conversely, relaxation products such as essential oils, buckwheat pillows, lamp rings, bath salts, sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, and scented lotions would be ideal retail items for spa, holistic and energetic therapy types.
Choose products you believe in and would use. Choose products you are knowledgeable about. When you make your product line decisions, make sure you are going to be comfortable with providing information about the product to your client. Know and understand the usage, and be able to share this information fluidly. Stumbling over instructions or ingredients will not convey a confidence in the product, and might cause your client to feel a bit unsure about purchasing from you. The more you know about your product lines, the better your ability to sell through and create more demand.
Listen to the cues you receive from your clients. Listen for phrases that begin with: "Oh I love the way my skin feels!" "What was that wonderful scent you used?" "I wish my skin could feel this soft all the time." "I want to get some of that stuff you used on my shoulder, it really relieved the pain." These are all cues signaling the type of products your clients would buy following a treatment.
The second piece in a successful retail program is pricing. You likely will be buying your retail products from the same place you buy your professional products. Often, your professional supply company might offer specialized pricing for select retail items. Spending your time trying to match professional pricing found in professional catalogs and advertisements is not necessary unless you are trying to retail your goods to other professionals in your field. Your pricing should be a fair "consumer" market value for your product offering, keeping in mind a few important points. One: you will be offering specialized professional products clients typically can't find in their local discount department stores. Two: your professional advice and suggestion also accompany that product sale. And three: your client likely will never frequent the supply company catalog or Web site from which you purchase your products, and likely will never see the pricing offered from them. Offering your products at an increased price is not bad business. Typically, the Manufacturers Standard Retail Price (MSRP) is a good indicator of pricing for your retail venue, and should be available from your supplier. The client is benefiting from your expertise, instruction and personal evaluation of the products you offer, so make sure you don't sell yourself short!
And lastly, presentation of your chosen product offering is the key in successful retailing. Clean and thoughtful placement of your products speaks volumes about you. A display with ample product appears well-kept and maintained. Avoid allowing only one of any item to be presented because doing so makes the item seem like an afterthought rather than a promoted feature. Items should be grouped in minimums of threes whenever possible. Three is a number that will provide ample product stock, as well as a pleasing aesthetic look.
Too many signs can give the appearance of a yard sale environment. Avoid hand written signs and price stickers. These techniques do not present a professional appearance, and can detract from the image you would like to present to your clients. You can print labels and signs easily from any PC. Doing so will add a streamlined look and feel, with a more desirable effect on your sales.
By following these simple guidelines, you can make retailing a natural part of your therapy practice. It isn't difficult to share information about products you believe in and can talk about from a personal perspective. This type of sales approach is real and honest, and is greatly appreciated by your clients. I encourage you to ask questions of your suppliers to find the right product lines for your needs. You can start small with a few key items you think would be beneficial. Whether you begin with a little or a lot, the important thing is just to start. You will be glad you did! I would love to hear about your retailing success stories and ideas. Feel free to drop me an e-mail at .
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