Acupuncture Practitioner Survey Results

January 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Acu Insighter Newsletter

The results of a recent acupuncture practitioner survey have just been released and they are worth paying attention to.  “The Information World of Acupuncturists” is a video presentation (below) that explains the purpose of the survey and why the data collected is important for your acupuncture practice.  Here’s just a small sample of what you will learn:

  • Where do acupuncture practitioners go to get their information? (You might be surprised.  I know I was!)
  • What is the primary source of new patients for acupuncturists? (You’ll love this!)
  • Who do acupuncturists turn to when they need help with difficult patients? (Some things never change. And that’s a GOOD thing!)
  • How is the acupuncture profession being integrated into mainstream health care? (We’ve come a long way, baby!)
All of these questions and many others are answered in this EXCELLENT presentation by Lisa Tegethoff, Jack Falk, Kathy Mar and Jessica Bottomly.

Click on the video to begin playing. Adjust the volume on your speakers.

They surveyed a number of acupuncture practitioners from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM),the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM), and the Seattle Healing Arts Center (SHAC) as well as a number of individual acupuncture practitioners.

In 2007 there were approximately 3.1 million adults and 150,000 children seeking acupuncture treatment and these numbers are growing.  With an estimated 20,000 licensed acupuncturists in the U.S. are you positioned to treat your share of the population who wants your services?

Watch the video and be sure to enter your thoughts in the “Speak Your Mind” section below.


Lisa Hanfileti, LAc
P.S.  Here’s how I get my acupuncture patient referrals – works like a charm!

Acupuncture Job Security – Even in a Crummy Economy

February 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Acu Insighter Newsletter

CB101078If you are training to become an acupuncturist or already building an acupuncture practice (like me), there’s good news! Health care jobs are in demand and on the rise. I just read the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report that states,

“over the next eight years health care job openings are expected to grow twice as fast as those in all other sectors of the economy combined. In fact, seven of the top twenty fastest-growing careers are in health care.”Yahoo Hot Jobs

Seven of the top twenty fasted growing jobs are all in the health care field. Now before you get too excited, Acupuncturist is not among the fasted growing health care jobs. But the fact that the health care industry itself is growing, even in a down economy, means acupuncturists can benefit. Here’s why:

As acupuncturists, we can take advantage of the demand for Physician Assistants, Medical Assistants, Physical Therapists, etc., by developing relationships and referral networks with them. Until “Acupuncturists” get their very own spot on “The 30 Fastest Growing Occupations” report, we can continue to carve out our unique niche interfacing with the mainstream health care demands.

You can start doing this now by connecting with the health care providers in your community. (Click Here to read how I connect with other health care professionals and build a referral network.)

The demand for qualified professionals who can provide holistic health care is only going to increase as Baby Boomers age. So keep your eyes open for opportunities to continue to grow your practice and expand your reach within your community. As these new health care workers enter the job market be sure to welcome them!