Complementary and Alternative Medicine
What it is
Alternative medicine and complementary medicinecan be used in addition to or instead of traditional medical treatments. Acupuncturists treat a variety of ailments by inserting fine needles into the body’s surface. Chiropractors treat problems with the muscular, nervous and skeletal systems, especially the spine. They examine and adjust the spinal column to correct abnormalities of the human body.
What it's like
Jobs in complementary medicine and alternative medicine are typically located in small offices or private practices. For example, chiropractors may have small offices with administrative staff or partner with other chiropractors to create a larger practice. Both acupuncturists and chiropractors typically work a 40-hour week, but longer hours or weekends are common in order to accommodate patient schedules.
Complementary medicine and alternative medicine jobs involve direct interaction with patients. Acupuncturists and chiropractors do a lot of work with their hands and see multiple patients per day. Complementary and alternative medicine takes a holistic approach to healthcare. Acupuncturists and chiropractors look at a patient’s overall health and wellness, like eating, sleeping or exercise habits.
What it takes
Acupuncturists and chiropractors are both required to receive state-issued licenses in order to practice complementary or alternative medicine. The training requirements vary for each job.
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