Careers in Alternative Medicine.
Illnesses can be treated using alternatives to conventional medicine. Alternative healing practices such as the use of herbs and roots have been used for ages to treat illnesses. Getting a career in alternative medicine and therapy does not mean that one is a quack or less of a professional. If you are looking for a career in alternative medicine, here are a few you should consider.
One career in alternative medicine is a chiropractor. In the chiropractic therapy, the chiropractor treats patients by ‘adjusting their neck, back or hips. In most cases the chiropractor will use their hands to perform the adjustments but they can occasionally use a machine. The frequency of the chiropractic sessions can be several in a week or months depending on the condition to be treated. You can learn more about skeletal treatments from the Harshman Chiropractic page. Many states will not require you to have a bachelor’s degree to begin your journey to be chiropractor. A Doctor of Chiropractic degree will however be a requirement for you to be licensed. With a license, you are set to begin a career as a chiropractor.
Another category of practitioners in alternative medicine are dieticians and nutritionists. Dieticians need to be licensed to use the title of a dietician. Unlike dieticians, nutritionists do not require certification to practice. Nutritionists and dieticians do the same thing. They advise patients on what to incorporate in their diets for better health. One of the requirements for certification as a dietician is a degree. Since nutritionists do not require certification, a degree is not necessary.
Massage therapy is another practice in alternative medicine. Aching and tired muscles can be treated and relaxed using massage therapy. Massage therapists need an associate degree and applicable certifications to start practicing. Massage therapists have the advantage of being able to work from almost anywhere.
The Chinese practice of acupuncture is another career in alternative medicine. Acupuncture is the practice of puncturing the skin using small needles. The poking is meant to unblock energy channels in the body to ease pain or discomfort. You will require a science related bachelor’s degree to start a career in acupuncture. A master’s degree from an Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine accredited school will also be required.
Finally, you can practice alternative medicine as a homeopath. Homeopaths use ‘The Law of Similars’ for treatment using herbs and other remedies. This works by treating patients with herbs that would otherwise harm healthy people. In the law of Similars, a herb can be used to treat a sick person if the herb can cause problems to a healthy person.