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3 Complementary Healthcare Businesses To Consider

A career in healthcare can be incredibly rewarding for those who genuinely want to help people. Though a traditional medicine career is right for some, there are other alternatives for anyone who wishes to practice from a different perspective on health and wellness. Complementary practices have come a long way in recent years but are still used by a minority. This is primarily due to the fact that most insurance companies do not cover their services. That said, there is still plenty of room for more quality practitioners who want to join the movement for better healthcare that gets results.

Health Coach

Because most doctors do not have the time to focus on every detail of their patient’s wellness, health coaching can be a beneficial service for everyone. If you love helping people but don’t have the time and resources to actually become a doctor, consider training to become a health coach. This growing practice can focus on general health or be specialized in certain areas like diet, chronic illness, fitness, supplements, and even to simply help their clients’ skin look better. Practitioners may also sell supplements as they are appropriate for their clients.

Research online and local courses for certification programs in the area of your choice. Though being certified may not be required by law where you are, it’s important for credibility and to establish a solid knowledge base. Previous coaching experience in another field can also be helpful in building experience and a good network.

Chiropractic and Massage Therapy 

A chiropractor is a doctor who specializes in finding and alleviating disruptions in the body’s skeletal system. They believe that these misalignments can cause pain, inflammation, and even be the root cause of the disease process.

Though many insurance companies do cover chiropractic care, some only pay a small amount toward services provided by in-network doctors. This is certainly a consideration if you are thinking about going into this business. There are varying types of chiropractors who specialize in niches and certain techniques. Some even offer other services like massage therapy, trigger point work, functional medicine, and other work in chronic illness. There is a growing number of chiropractors that have expanded there practices to include deeper levels of patient care and communication, making their practices truly valuable to patients seeking comprehensive care.

Consider a career in chiropractic and other adjoining services if you believe in this type of wellness practice. There are resources for information online and at actual chiropractic schools. It’s also a good idea to research what you will need to operate successfully. Suppliers like ScripHessco are a good source for equipment and other supplies specific to the chiropractic business.


Much like chiropractic care, acupuncture is used to relieve pain and stress, as well as promote energetic movement throughout the body. This involves inserting small needles into various points around the body to initiate the flow of energy and release pent up toxins. While many people argue that this type of treatment isn’t viable, there are multiple studies, showing clear benefits and results. I, myself, have experienced it and found it to be easy and effective. I would definitely say the positive impact that acupuncture had on my health was well worth the cost.

These are only just a select few career options in the complementary healthcare field. I recommend considering this type of work if you truly want to help people be healthier and live a wellness lifestyle. 

About Madeline

Madeline is a mid-west mom of three who spends most of her time refilling ice trays and changing toilet paper...just kidding. She is a high school guidance counselor, all around funny gal, and a writer. Her first book, Be Happy Already!", is in the works.

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