In the last decade, the integration of complementary medicine within conventional medicine has seen an increase as people are looking for more natural approaches to bettering their health. And more than half of Americans say they use alternative medicine treatments in their healthcare and self-care routines. “Complementary medicine is vital to your overall health,” says Bill Daniels, a certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist (NASM) and certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS) based in Walnut Creek, California. “If you only rely on western medicine, you are missing a huge piece of the puzzle. By taking the time to practice self-care such as exercise, acupuncture, chiropractic, or whatever other modes work for you, you are allowing your body to recover in ways that medication just can’t do.”

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