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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Syllabus

Course Syllabus

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This course will be taught over a three-week period starting March, 1 2020. It will run one night per week, Wednesday for 90 min. Students will learn the basics about acupuncture and soft tissue treatments. These techniques are sometimes used alone, but more commonly these practices are integrated into traditional western medicine treatments. Understanding that there are many ways to treat injuries and illness is crucial when developing a patient’s care plan. This course was created to help people better understand how the body functions and the benefits of non-surgical treatments such as acupuncture and ART.

Instructor: Charles DeFrancesco, Sports506@gmail.com 

Week 1

Introduction – During this portion of the class we will take the time to get to know each other. It is important for everyone to feel comfortable and be able to speak freely.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define complementary and alternative medicine
  • Understand how to identify the root of a particular dysfunction
  • Define what a functional integrated approach is
  • Importance of a comprehensive medical history
  • Understanding of muscle and joint movement

Homework

Research a website that outlines the importance of complementary and alternative medicine and find a local provider for these types of services. We will discuss all findings in class.

Week 2

Review- Class will start with a review of the key points in week 1 and the homework assignment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles of treating soft tissue manually
  • Recognize the impact injury has on soft tissue
  • Understand ART
  • Define the cumulative injury cycle
  • Finding a provider

Homework

Students will research ART online and learn the benefits.

Week 3

Review- Class will start with a review of the key points in week 2 and the homework assignment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the general principles of biomechanics relating to treatments
  • Recognize the impact injury has on soft tissue
  • Importance of patient observation
  • What it means to functionally analyze patient information
  • Basics on electro-acupuncture

 

This course is taught using a power point. There is a handout broken into three parts to keep notes and follow the lectures.

presentation with notes

handout

1 thought on “Complementary and Alternative Medicine Syllabus

  1. This course was originally created to educate chiropractic and physical therapy students. We edit the lecture to present it to coaches, athletes and patients. We believe that educating people on their injuries and how to prevent them is the best path to success. This course will explain other treatment methods that may be better than doing surgery.

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