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Explore the Career Paths and Available Degrees in Alternative Medicine

Careers in Alternative Medicine
Alternative medicine includes acupuncture, massage therapy, hypnotherapy and naturopathy. Some even include chiropractic treatment in this category. Some health practitioners, like holistic nurses, use a variety of alternative medicine techniques, like aroma therapy and biofeedback, to enhance a patient's mental and spiritual well-being, as well as their physical health.

An acupuncturist traditionally inserts needles into specific places in a patient's body to treat various ailments. Some also use acupressure and herbal medicine. Massage therapists help people relieve pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, and relieve stress. A chiropractor treats patients with musculoskeletal problems.

Online College and Other Degrees Available in Alternative Medicine
If you want to become an acupuncturist, you should attend one of the schools accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Most practitioners earn a master's degree, but these schools also offer certificates, diplomas, and college degrees.

Over 80 different types of massage exist, and most massage therapists have training in several kinds. In addition, they take courses in:

Massage Therapy
  • Anatomy
  • Body mechanics
  • Kinesiology
  • Physiology

Chiropractors typically earn bachelor's degrees in programs that often include 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experience.

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