How To Start An Acupuncture Business or Practice

| April 23, 2010 | 0 Comments | 299 views

These are some of the tips you'll need to know if you're thinking about starting an acupuncture and acupressure business, clinic or practice. Taking these things into consideration will help "short cut" the process. You may also be able to work from home provided you have the right space for the business and perhaps an outside entry.

One of the first things to do before you open up an acupuncture and acupressure practice is to find out how many competitors you have in your area. You'll want to know how strong the competition is. Are there a lot of acupuncturists or just a few specialists in practice?

After you've figured out how much competition you'll have then you want to talk to acupuncturists who are already in practice or have formed an acupuncturist business. It's unlikely that acupuncturists in your area will want to help you, their future competition, so business owners in other communities may be happy to help you and give you advice as a budding entrepreneur. Perhaps you can form an alliance and agree to refer patients or clients who live in their area. This is a great way to help your budding business also.

If you're not already licensed you'll need to be licensed and certified before starting your acupuncture practice. See online information about acupuncture schools in your area. Acupuncture schools are located all over the United Stares and are found more so in some states, such as California, than in others. In your clinic and for your equipment you'll want to maintain strict sterilization and sanitation levels. Make sure to join the online acupuncture networks to help you learn more about the business and how to get clients and referrals. Help overcome any initial patient skepticism by offering a free initial consultation or treatment session. You'll want to work up and develop a program addressing specific wellness needs and treat your acupuncture and acupressure patients kindly. Spend time with them and listen to their needs. This is a great way to get repeat appointments and referrals.

As time goes by you may want to expand your acupuncture business or practice. You can include holistic wellness programs such as: Feng Shui, herbal supplements and recipes, meditation and relaxation techniques, stretching programs such as yoga or Pilates or self-healing disciplines like Qi Gong and Tui Na.

After graduation from an accredited acupuncture school as a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and becoming a Chinese acupuncture specialist you'll work with clients and help them with their wellness needs (including weight loss, infertility, quitting smoking, depression, face lifts, arthritis, etc.) and deliver the proper acupuncture treatments. You'll learn all about needles, points, finger, ear, and other acupuncture therapies, treatments and services.

It's easy to learn how to start an acupuncture business today. As an acupuncturist it means you'll provide alternative pain and wellness management services to your patients or clients. While there have been some critics in the past of the benefits of acupuncture, the practice has been used for thousands of years and has a strong patient following. With these tips you should be well on your way to learning how to start up a successful practice. Make sure to check out the accredited acupuncture schools first.

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