Complementary and Alternative Medicine CPU


In the Complementary and Alternative Medicine CPU, students practice various massage techniques.The Complementary and Alternative Medicine CPU introduces students to some of the most widely used alternative medicine therapies. Students examine the beliefs and scientific evidence relevant to nontraditional therapies such as massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, and recreational therapy. They explore and practice alternative therapeutic methods and discover the importance of integrating alternative methods into traditional medical care. Activities include soft tissue manipulation, proper body mechanics, acupressure, patient assessment, role playing, and more.

Featured Careers

  • Acupuncturist
  • Chiropractor
  • Massage therapist
  • Naturopath

Skill Development

Health Science Skills

  • In the Alternative Medicine CPU, students review the vertebrae and the spine.Overview of the relevant body systems
  • Exploration and practice of the five basic strokes used in Swedish massage
  • Therapeutic stimulation of various body points in acupuncture, acupressure, and reflexology
  • Ethical, financial, and legal responsibilities of alternative care providers
  • Common procedures used in the chiropractic office
  • Development of appropriate recreational therapy activities for various patients
  • Discovery of the history of homeopathy and its influence on allopathic medicine

Academic Skills

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Marketing
  • History
  • Biology

What's Included

  • Applied Technologies Complementary and Alternative Medicine courseware DVD
  • Portable massage chair
  • Acupuncture model
  • Applied Technologies recreational therapy activity kit
  • Applied Technologies recreational therapy kit assessment materials and supplies folder
  • Dilution strength worksheet pad
  • FACTR-R glossary and scenario
  • FACTR-R manual and score sheets
  • Miscellaneous materials and consumables
  • Instructor's Overview
  • Media Cruiser

Ordering Information

Complementary and Alternative Medicine - HS1020
CPU Objectives