Complementary Therapies: Pain Management (PAIN5020)


This unit explores complementary therapies that may accompany conventional medical approaches in the management of pain. The evidence base is discussed, as well as the implications, costs and side effects of these therapies. The historical basis of each therapy is considered, together with current knowledge about their application and potential interactions with conventional medicines and treatments. Topics include: acupuncture, herbalism, homeopathy, hypnosis and relaxation techniques, yoga and meditation, osteopathy and chiropractic.

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Online, approximately 10 hours of study per week (equals 140 hours in total)


participation in online discussion (20%), 4000-5000 word written assignment/s or equivalent (80%)

Faculty/department permission required?


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