Profession complementary therapist

Complementary therapists use a range of complementary and alternative therapies to work simultaneously with the clients` body, mind, and spirit in a holistic approach. They offer practices and services for holistic wellbeing, health maintenance, health education, health promotion and prevention of illness, along with the sustainable treatment of certain illnesses, especially chronic illnesses. Their practices include but are not limited to acupuncture, aromatherapy, banotherapy, homeopathy, and herbal medicine.

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Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Human anatomy

    The dynamic relationship of human structure and function and the muscosceletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, reproductive, integumentary and nervous systems; normal and altered anatomy and physiology throughout the human lifespan.

  • Human physiology

    The science that studies the human organs and its interactions and mechanisms.

Skills

  • Follow-up on healthcare users' treatment

    Review and evaluate the progress of the prescribed treatment, taking further decisions with the healthcare users and their carers.

  • Ensure safety of healthcare users

    Make sure that healthcare users are being treated professionally, effectively and safe from harm, adapting techniques and procedures according to the person's needs, abilities or the prevailing conditions.

  • Develop therapeutic relationships

    Maintain the individual therapeutic relationship to engage the individual's innate healing capacities, to achieve active collaboration in the health education and healing process and to maximise the potential of healthy change.

  • Maintain work area cleanliness

    Keep the working area and equipment clean and orderly.

Optional knowledge and skills

characteristics of plants interact with healthcare users work with chemicals biology be in touch with your body movement techniques electrical stimulation in acupuncture employ foreign languages for health-related research monitor stock level listen actively develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship pharmacology use communication techniques manage supplies reflexology conduct a homeopathic consultation develop personalised massage plan massage types special needs education chemistry promote healthy lifestyle empathise with the healthcare user identify energetic meridians study topics pathologies treated by acupuncture apply deep tissue massage supervision of persons deliver sophrology exercises vojta therapy kinetics promote homeopathy maintain healthcare user data confidentiality prescribe exercises provide health education types of aromatherapy treatments general medicine types of essential oils clinical psychological treatment breathing techniques apply context specific clinical competences etiopathy pedagogy process medical insurance claims biomedicine observe healthcare users offer advice on diet-related concerns sell services phytotherapy promote mental health prepare sophrology session provide health psychological advice educate on the prevention of illness apply massage oil provide preparation for childbirth communicate professionally with colleagues in other fields perform shiatsu massages kinesiology monitor patient's health condition composition of diets neurophysiology collect healthcare user's general data direct movement experiences apply massage therapy energy therapy sell products undertake healthcare examination apply aromatherapy record healthcare users' progress related to treatment homeopathy remedies record healthcare users' billing information work in multidisciplinary health teams ensure safety of exercise environment ayurveda medicine older adults' needs prepare oils administrative tasks in a medical environment work in a multicultural environment in health care apply acupuncture apply business acumen dietetics ensure proper appointment administration use e-health and mobile health technologies safely instruct about fitness prescribe topical therapy complementary and alternative medicine follow clinical guidelines types of spa train employees conduct cupping therapy communicate effectively in healthcare consultation undertake clinical audit psychology manage staff traditional chinese medicine apply a holistic approach in care applied kinesiology promote balance between rest and activity homeopathy manage healthcare users' data behavioural therapy iridology shiatsu reflect on practice acupressure reiki tai chi refer healthcare users relaxation techniques therapeutic massage acupuncture methods osteopathy sport and exercise medicine massage theory attend to sophrology clients employ foreign languages in care monitor patients' progress related to treatment conduct physical examinations skin types play therapy pathology advise on mental health spa products first aid comply with quality standards related to healthcare practice demonstrate professional attitude to clients balneotherapy accept own accountability health care legislation select acupuncture points advise on healthy lifestyles archive healthcare users' records fasciatherapy deal with emergency care situations comply with legislation related to health care behavioural disorders inform clients of healthy lifestyle benefits communicate with customers sophrology sterilization techniques advise on healthcare users' informed consent obtain healthcare user's medical status information apply organisational techniques discuss the medical history of the healthcare user counsel healthcare users on medicines prepare exercise session give massages oversee spa maintenance marketing principles identify customer's needs promote inclusion auriculotherapy health care system multi-professional cooperation in health care