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The role of complementary medicine for fitness and health
May 20, 2011

Personal trainer courses online are the way to go if you want to fit in your study around other interests such as complementary medicine - and it will help to give your business an advantage.

Chances are you've probably had a taste of at least one complementary health practice and found it to be beneficial! Complementary medicine is an alternative branch of medicine that is used sometimes in conjunction with conventional medical practice and includes various modalities such as naturopathy, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment, acupuncture and aromatherapy.

Complementary medicine is used to promote healing of the body using the body's own innate healing system. That's why there's a natural fit for complementary medicine in a person's overall health and fitness programme.

Many sports people, gym goers, runners and swimmers utilize alternative medical practises for optimum health benefits and as a way to avoid that unnecessary trip to the doctors for a pill. However, complementary medicine is not intended to replace conventional medicine, it's there to supplement support it by healing and relaxing the body. Many of the practises provide healing and balance to sports people or others who undergo intense training programmes.

Applications of complementary medicine to athletes and regular gym enthusiasts include some of the following:

Physiotherapy

Runners and bikers will use a physiotherapist to treat minor injuries, muscular pains and to aid the healing process.

Aromatherapy

Perhaps you've just completed a gruelling 6 week gym programme and are now rewarding yourself with a luxurious aromatherapy massage. As your olfactory senses are triggered, your body's natural healing system is nurtured to help you relax and repair your tissues.

Acupuncture

Based on principles that encourage energy flow throughout the body, acupuncture involves a series of very fine needles inserted gently at different points on the body. People who use this modality report a reduction in pain, better sleep, weight loss benefits and increased vitality.

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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