Despite the great advances of mainstream medicine, many people still enjoy the services of practitioners in therapeutic health. ?Alternative? or ?holistic? therapies often focus on overall wellbeing, and aim to see the patient or client as a physical, mental, and spiritual entity, rather than a collection of symptoms. There are many branches of therapeutic health. Here are three prominent examples.
Massage is often used in therapeutic health to promote a sense of wellbeing and also to treat muscular pains and injuries.
The ancient therapeutic health technique of acupuncture uses needles (painlessly) on key points of the body. People visit acupuncturists for many reasons ranging from pain control to quitting smoking.
Iridology is a therapeutic health technique which seeks to diagnose a range of conditions by observing the state of the iris (the colored part of the eye).
Alternative health training
Training is offered at vocational schools and colleges. You may either specialize in one field of therapeutic health, or study your preferred technique as part of a wider alternative health program. You may also take further exams to earn membership of a therapeutic health institute. Even if not strictly required, such membership can promote confidence in your professional skills. Different states have different requirements for therapeutic health practitioners. It is therefore important to establish in advance that your training courses will meet the regulations in the location where you intend to work. Your school or college will be able to advise you on this important aspect of your therapeutic health education.
Publish date: February 10, 2011