Complementary and Alternative CPU
1-1. Test your pre-existing knowledge of the
1-2. Gain an overview understanding of
complimentary and alternative medicine as a health care field.
1-3. Explore major careers associated with
alternative medicine and the responsibilities, education, and
licensure requirements for each.
1-4. Research laws for the state in which you
live pertinent to naturopaths, acupuncturists, or homeopaths.
1-5. Develop a short paper discussing a chosen
career field, using information gained during your research.
1-6. Choose a CAM career that you would like to
“shadow” and discuss this opportunity with the instructor.
1-7. Analyze your previous perceptions of CAM,
and explain whether or not your initial research affected them.
2-1. Discover the basic principles of massage
2-2. Review the anatomy of the muscular, nervous,
and lymphatic body systems.
2-3. Understand the importance of professionalism
in massage therapy.
2-4. Create a client brochure to familiarize new
customers with the principles, goals, and scope of practice of
2-5. Explore the importance of sanitation,
hygiene, and safety in any health care career, and the specific
sanitation practices related to massage therapy.
2-6. Imagine a standard sanitation situation and
explain what sanitation steps a massage therapist should take.
3-1. Define body mechanics and understand their
importance in massage therapy.
3-2. Explore the basic principles of body
mechanics and how to incorporate these practices into the massage.
3-3. Practice the proper use of body mechanics.
3-4. Discuss the importance of proper body
mechanics and think of a simple machine that best relates to body
4-1. Discover the history of Swedish massage.
4-2. Explore the five primary strokes used in
4-3. Practice the principle steps used in Swedish
4-4. Consider your own experiences and
impressions regarding massage.
5-1. Define acupuncture, acupressure, and
5-2. Discover the history and modern relevance of
Traditional Chinese Medicine.
5-3. Consider the cultural context of the
categories of traditional medicine and CAM.
5-4. Discover the difference between scientific
and anecdotal evidence.
5-5. Explore both the traditional and scientific
theories behind a specific TCM practice, acupuncture.
5-6. Discover the relationship between
acupuncture, acupressure, and reflexology.
5-7. Discuss whether or not you think qi is real
and, if so, how you think it is most effectively described in
6-1. Define chiropractic.
6-2. Review the skeletal system.
6-3. Discover the current scientific findings
6-4. Discover the dangers associated with
chiropractic, including who should not receive chiropractic
6-5. Explore and practice proper intake
procedures for a chiropractic clinic.
6-6. Examine your feelings concerning
chiropractic care and explain what, if anything, would cause you go
see a chiropractor.
7-1. Review the vertebrae and the spine.
7-2. Explore the various components of a
7-3. Discover the procedures and instruments
which are used by a chiropractor.
7-4. Imagine a situation in which a
chiropractor’s patient refuses needed traditional medical treatment
and decide how you think the chiropractor should respond.
8-1. Define recreational therapy.
8-2. Discover where a recreational therapist
8-3. Explore how a patient is evaluated to
determine if recreational therapy is appropriate.
8-4. Conduct a patient evaluation.
8-5. Reflect on your experience with the FACTR-R
9-1. Discover the tools and methods used by
9-2. Examine several types of animal assisted
9-3. Take and evaluate a survey of recreational
9-4. Discover how recreational therapy is adapted
for individual patients.
9-5. Develop recreational activities for
9-6. Based on the role play assignment in this
activity, explain which patient population you think you would
especially enjoy working with.
10-1. Consider your impression of homeopathy and
explain whether you think its claims of effectiveness are baseless
10-2. Discover how to read homeopathic labels.
10-3. Select the most appropriate homeopathic
remedy for several hypothetical patients.
10-4. Consider the histories of homeopathic and
heroic medicine and their relationship to each other.
11-1. Create a presentation on a CAM treatment or
method that is not covered in this course.
11-2. Discuss your presentation topic.
12-1. Complete the presentation you began in the
12-2. Present your finished project to the
instructor for evaluation.
12-3. Discuss the research you conducted for your
13-1. You will participate in a career shadowing
activity the instructor has arranged.
13-2. You will conduct research regarding a
recent development in CAM.
13-3. Describe what new or surprising things you
have learned in your job shadowing (or in your research, if you did
not job shadow).
14-1. You will participate in a career shadowing
activity the instructor has arranged.
14-2. You will work on a project that presents
the information that they gathered during the last activity.
14-3. Review your job shadowing or research and
discuss how your opinion of CAM was influenced or changed.
15-1. Select appropriate vocabulary terms based
on the definitions provided.
15-2.Test your comprehension of concepts gained
during this course.