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The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
Low-Cost Workshops That Lead You to High-End Clients
There's a key to growing a practice we discovered years ago: One of the most effective ways to enroll high-end clients is to give them a taste of who you are through low-cost workshops. The first time Michele put that strategy in place, she quadrupled her income, jumping from $20,000 to more than $80,000 in less than a year. And although our business has grown dramatically since then, we still love hosting live, local workshops. They're a fun way to share our mission with potential clients who often leave wanting more help from us.
Want to lead your own client-attraction workshops? Follow these 5 simple steps.
Choose a topic your potential clients are hungry for. We've talked a lot in this column about the need to determine who your Divine Right Client is — the type of person you'd most love to work with — before you begin your marketing. "If I build it, they will come," is a romantic notion. But it won't fill your workshops. That's why the first step in creating a compelling workshop is to decide on a topic your potential clients are hungry for. Start by asking yourself these four questions.
Question 1. "What topic is most important to my ideal client?" It may seem counter-intuitive, but you don't want to create a workshop that has mass appeal. Instead, focus on a topic that draws in the distinct people you want to work with. What were your favorite clients struggling with that motivated them to hire you? That's a great place to start brainstorming topics new clients will be eager to learn more about.
Question 2: "Will this topic lead potential clients to my programs and services?" Like a tour guide, your job is to create a clear path to the solutions your clients want most. A well-designed workshop is only the first step. What's the next step people in your audience would need to take in a private session or program with you? Think a step ahead before you land on your potential topic.
Question 3: "Is this a topic I'm passionate about?" When you're passionate about your topic, everything you do — from creating the content to marketing the workshop — will be easier and a lot more fun. So even if you've got a topic potential clients want to hear, don't present it unless it inspires you as much as it does them. It's your excitement and engagement with the content that's contagious to your audience and leaves them wanting more.
Question 4: "How do my life experiences make me uniquely qualified to present this?" It's true, in this age of instant global communications, there's rarely a new idea. Dozens of other people might be presenting on your same topic. The good news is, if so many people are talking about the topic, that's a good sign that more people want to hear about it.
So don't be discouraged if you find that someone else is already teaching on a topic you want to present. Instead, focus on what makes you an authority. And what makes your workshop stand out from the rest.
Choose a venue that helps fill the seats. Once you've got your hot workshop topic, the next step is to find a great venue. To make this easy, start by brainstorming every location in your community where your ideal clients are already hanging out. Consider bookstores, yoga and wellness centers, massage or chiropractor's offices, metaphysical gift shops, even the local library.
When you've got a venue in mind, take a field trip and check out the space and the energy. See if it feels right for what you want to create. Then check out the most important element: Does the venue have a built-in following?
Partnering with a place that can market your workshop is the fastest, easiest way to fill it — especially if you're just starting out. When you align yourself with a venue that has a built-in audience, you increase your exposure and decrease your marketing efforts.
We've had great experiences with healing centers and metaphysical bookstores in our area. Because they have a big following in our community, they're able to promote our workshops to everyone on their mailing list, exposing our work to a new circle of prospects. They also include our workshop in their paid print ads, on their websites, and through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Plus, they put flyers up in their shops, which get a good amount of foot traffic.
As the presenter, you want to provide the venue with some compelling information about your workshops. Give an overview of the theme followed by three to five bullet points that focus on the benefits and results people will take away from the experience. The only thing readers really want to know from your description is what's in it for them.
Create a safe space for healing to begin. Hosting a holistic workshop involves more than sharing information. It's about creating an experience that resonates with your guests on every level. So even when your content is stellar, environment matters.
Before your guests arrive, take time to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Make the space visually and energetically pleasing. Include items that inspire a sense of wonder from the moment a guest walks into the room, like stones, shells, pretty tablecloths, anything that feels like it brings the theme of your workshop to life.
Make a point to appeal to your guests' other senses as well. Consider burning your favorite incense. Or playing uplifting music in the background to help people shift from their daily lives into your transformational space. And of course, consider one of our all-time favorite tips: Give your guests chocolate. It's a small touch, but people remember it.
Deliver content that connects. Long after your workshop is over, many people will forget the information you shared. But, they'll recall the way it connected with them. That's why it's important to present good information in a way that's entertaining and memorable. And you can't share all your wisdom in a two-hour workshop, so don't try. The more you overwhelm your guests, the less they'll understand or retain.
Our recommendation? Pick three to five main points to share and stay on topic. Once you present each point, illustrate it with a personal story, a client success story, or an experiential activity that brings it alive for your guests. For every activity, allow some time for guests to reflect and share their experiences if they want to. This connects them with the content (and you) even more deeply.
Finally, wrap up your presentation with a quick recap of the main points. Then close with something memorable. You can share a story that summarizes your main message. Or lead your guests through a brief visualization that recaps the theme. Or even hold a closing circle to seal the energy. Then before you say good-bye, take one more moment to WOW your audience: Give them an inspiring activity to complete "within one week" to help them integrate what they've learned from you.
Give guests a next step that's easy to say "Yes" to. Remember, every person sitting in your audience is there because they resonate with your message. Your workshop gives them a taste of who you are. But your full body of knowledge is much more than anything you can deliver in a couple hours. Honor your guests by giving them an opportunity to go deeper with their healing by offering a next step that's easy to say yes to: A free phone consult that allows you to check in on how they're integrating what they learned.
First, make sure you gather your guests' contact information long before the workshop ends. About two-thirds of the way through your presentation, pass around a sign-up sheet. Then simply say, "All you have to do is put your name on this sheet and I'll contact you to set up a free 30-minute conversation to help you integrate what we've covered today in your own life. No strings attached."