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Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Vitamin D Fails to Help Knee OA? The Proper Perspective
The March 8, 2016 issue of JAMA includes a study about vitamin D supplementation for osteoarthritis of the knee. This is a really weird study.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
July, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 07
Don't Advertise What You Do, But What Your Client Receives
By Cary Bayer
Last year, I was teaching a series of classes in our nation's capital and, wanting to get some fresh fruit for a post-seminar snack, I went into a giant grocery store in Silver Spring, Maryland.Unlike just about every other supermarket and retail outlet that I've ever walked through throughout this vast nation of ours, it surprisingly did not have a customer relations department. But don't be shocked. That's because this giant had already awakened its own inner giant: it had a Solutions Center. The difference is quite palpable. Customer relations is what stores offer; solutions are what customers desire. Going into a store that sports its own department for solving your problems is a fresh breeze that would make anyone a loyal and devoted customer.
As a business coach for massage therapists and alternative healers, I often tell such practitioners that they can benefit immeasurably from this significant distinction when it comes to preparing advertising for their services, developing the proverbial 30-second elevator speech, and learning how to effectively talk about what they do. When I teach throughout the country, I come across dozens of different wellness magazines. As I peruse these (usually) monthly publications, I see ads from many therapists and virtually every single one of these, with rare exceptions, are usually just business cards plunked down in the publication. Each of these "so-called" ads makes the same basic mistake, and makes it in a big way.
I say "so-called" ad because it's not an ad at all, but a business card. What these messages do is communicate to a reader what the therapist will do for him, rather than what the prospective client will receive from the therapist. Advertising in this way is a huge missed opportunity for therapists and a big waste of the money they work so hard to get. What most alternative healers need to understand is that most of the people who could possibly find their way to their couches, tables and offices wouldn't recognize their shadow or their own myofacial if it hit them in the head.
Therapists would benefit enormously by realizing they'll be far more successful if they engage in technical shop talk only with other therapists, but use plain and simple English to clients and prospective clients. This holds true whether the healer is communicating through an ad, newsletter, brochure, website, or in an elevator, at a party, or in line at Starbucks. It's one thing to talk modality to other healers at a continuing education training or state convention; it's quite another thing to talk that way to a layman in physical or emotional pain who is simply looking for much-needed relief. To paraphrase the old acronym: Keep it Simple Therapist (KIST).
I'm not saying there's no value in discussing what you do and the technical aspect of the modalities you practice. They serve the valuable function of providing rationale for the rational side of your prospective client's nature. It intelligently explains the value of your work when telling potential clients the benefits they can receive. It speaks to the left side of their brains.
Commercials for wise marketers do this on television, on radio and in movie theaters. Print ads for savvy businesses do this in magazines and newspapers. A car spot, for example, might describe rack and pinion steering, anti-lock brakes and deployment of airbags. This explains how and why if you buy that vehicle, you can rest assured that your kids will be safe. The best of these commercials will analyze the features of the car but they'll demonstrate safe braking on icy roads, keeping your little ones safe. This speaks to the right side of your brain and your feelings.
A commercial for a vacation in Israel, for example, will show images of historic synagogues, churches and mosques for Jewish, Christian and Muslim viewers. It will provide the feeling of ancient peace in the Holy Land. This reaches your heart and the right side of your brain. If the creative team at the ad agency is smart, they'll also convince the left side of your brain that increased security and anti-terrorism forces will make you feel safe while you're there.
If you meet me at a party, a continuing education training, or your state convention and you ask me what I happen to do, I won't tell you that I'm a life coach. This is despite the fact that this is clearly what my business card says that I do professionally. Instead, I'll tell you that I regularly help people create breakthroughs in their finances, in their businesses, in their relationships and in their spiritual lives. I'll tell you that I have privately helped more than 150 different massage therapists and dozens of other alternative healers create breakthroughs in their business and their personal lives. In other words, what you'll hear me do is describe the results that someone can expect by working regularly with me. If you don't think this gets people's attention far more quickly and persuasively than falling into the trap of saying the type of service you provide, then you haven't been paying close attention to how people listen. Very few people care what you do while you're going into your description. They're far too busy listening for what benefits they can receive from you.
So, if I happen to meet you at that party or convention, and I ask you what you do, you don't have to say that you're a massage therapist. You could tell me that you give people the beautiful feeling of well-being. Or you could tell me that you relieve pain from people's bodies and souls. And if my feet are killing me from teaching all day or I'm feeling some other pains in my body, you can bet your sweet myofacial, if you're a massage therapist, that you'll have gotten my attention in a proverbial New York minute.
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