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It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
April, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 04
Six Steps to Help You Establish a Six Figure Practice
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC and Michele McGrew
Does the idea of making $100,000 a year or better feel like a pipe dream? Or does the thought of it leave you feeling exhausted? Then you're probably making the mistake of thinking your individual healing sessions should be your highest-priced offer.Even if you charge a healthy fee, tying yourself to individual sessions limits your income to the number of clients you can see in any given week. When your client load is low, your income suffers. And when it's high, you're making more money, but you're also working too hard. And you're not modeling the kind of self-care you want your clients to commit to.
So, how do you grow a healthy six-figure practice? By changing your business model. Instead of offering individual sessions, offer high-end private programs that attract clients who are willing to make a generous investment in their health. After teaching practitioners how to design and sell private programs for years, we promise you this: right now you have clients who would gladly step into a high-end program ... if only you offered one.
A high-end program is designed around four specific features:
Ready to design your first high-end program? Follow these six simple steps and you'll be well on your way.
Step 1: Your Signature System
The key to crafting your first high-end program is to start with the topic we shared in our last Massage Today column called, "How to Clear the Path to a Wealth of Loyal Clients" A comprehensive high-end program is designed to walk a client through each step of your system to achieve the outcome they want.
Step 2: The Program Structure
Once you've got your signature system, how long do you think it would take to walk a client through every step? Answer that question and you'll know how long your high-end program should last. Of course, radiant health is a lifelong process. But that doesn't mean your high-end program has to last a lifetime. Most practitioners get excellent results delivering their programs over a period of six months. Some programs are longer and others are shorter, but six months is a great place to start.
Once you have your program time frame, you're ready to create your monthly structure. Here's one format that works very well for many practitioners.
Start with a 1-day private retreat that covers the first couple steps in your program and includes one or two hands-on sessions. This kind of immersion experience gives your clients the big breakthrough they'll build on through the rest of the program. And it jump starts their transformation, giving them the speed they're looking for. Follow up the retreat with a telephone check-in and healing session within two weeks.
Months 2 through 6
Do a hands-on or distance healing session two times each month. Conduct a simple telephone check-in once a month between healing sessions. Give your clients exercises, tips and assignments between sessions to continue their progress through each step of your signature system. Add in priority e-mail access to you with a reasonable 48-hour turnaround during weekdays.
Final Healing Session
Celebrate with a half-day wrap-up retreat. This gives your clients room to reflect on all their improvements. And fully embody their accomplishments.
Step 3: Your Core Components
Once you've got your signature system and basic program structure laid out, the next step is to choose your core program components. What services do you already offer that you'd incorporate into the program? And what other tools and modalities would you love to bring in to facilitate each step of your system? A private program gives you plenty of time to blend in even self-healing techniques that complement your bodywork. Consider adding components like guided meditations, creative journaling and nutritional tips.
As you see in the program format above, you always want to give your clients exercises, tips and assignments between sessions to maintain their healing momentum and prevent backsliding. But whatever you do, don't call it homework. Work sounds like pain and no one wants more of that. Clients who don't feel well also don't want to be overwhelmed with information. They want a connection. They want to feel witnessed. And they want a transformation. So resist the urge to throw every one of your therapeutic tools into your program. Instead, carve a few of them away and offer them as bonuses.
Step 4: Attractive Bonuses
One of the most delicious aspects of a high-end program is having the opportunity to give your clients a rich and indulgent experience that makes them feel as treasured as they are. That's where the benefit of extra bonuses comes in. It's like adding a great big gift on top of all your other core components. To make this easy, include some of the self-healing tools you carved away from your core components. Especially tools that don't take any more of your time or energy, like home-study systems, home-healing products, even products that other healers offer. As long as they complement your system, your program and your clients, it's a win-win.
Step 5: A Compelling Title
The title of your program is often the first detail people see when they're deciding whether to sign up. And like anywhere else in life, first impressions count. That's why you want to give your program a name that makes an instant connection. What's the biggest outcome or result clients want from your therapy? Name your program after that and you'll have a magnetic title.
Step 6: A Healthy Price Point
Here's where you might be inclined to backslide and devalue the rich program you've created. We understand; you're probably stepping into a level of investment you've never offered before. So before you decide on a final price, take some time to track the ripple effects of your therapy in your client's life.
When your favorite client is feeling fit and fabulous, how does that impact her job performance and income? When she's feeling well-rested and patient, how is she responding to her kids, her friends or her spouse? When she's finally feeling free of the pain and stress that have been her constant companion for too many years, what is she able to see in her future that wasn't even possible before? That's where you'll find the value of your program. And only then will you be able to price it for what it's truly worth.
For a typical 6-month program, our clients find $4,000 to $6,000 a great place to start. That means, instead of having to work with 17 to 25 clients a week, you only need 17 to 25 clients a year to break the six-figure barrier. And when you have that kind of breathing room, you're being as generous to yourself as you are to your clients. And you're offering a healing gift that takes your clients – and your practice – to the next level.
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