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When first considering a career in massage therapy, many may
expect their first position to be at a private massage practice or
a salon and spa. But did you know that in multi-disciplinary
chiropractic clinics, many of the specialists besides chiropractors
are massage therapists?
About 43 percent of those specialists are massage
therapists, according to the latest survey conducted by
Chiropractic Economics. The survey also reported that about
half of the treatment modalities provided at clinics is massage
therapy, as well.
In addition to chiropractic clinics, massage therapists can be
found in both hospitals and other health care facilities. This is
because of the many conditions massage therapists can effectively
treat, including low back pain, cancer-related fatigue and pain,
immune system functioning, high blood pressure and post-operative
Health care settings, especially hospitals, can be much a
different environment from massage private practices or salons and
spas. Most health care facilities are more challenging and
intensive, but rewarding too. While patients undergo other health
care treatments, massage therapists may be able to provide a better
experience by giving them relief from pain and/or anxiety.
For those interested in working as a massage therapist in these
health care settings, it's important to build relationships with
the patient's physician or other health care provider. Massage
therapists should work with them collaboratively to ask about
pre-existing conditions and to discuss the effectiveness of massage
Certified massage therapists at National University of Health
Sciences gain a comprehensive understanding of the human anatomy
with the unique opportunity to study in our graduate level
medical cadaver lab. Our integrative medicine health care
clinic also prepares students well for the growing trend toward
integrative care at health care facilities.
To learn more about the massage therapy program
offered at National University call 800-826-6285 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For many, the holiday season can be the most stressful time of
the year. If you're struggling to find the perfect gift for
everyone on your list, you might want to consider the gift of
Young or old, male or female, receiving a massage
is something almost everyone can benefit from--both physically by
decreasing blood pressure and heart rate and psychologically,
according to research.
Aside from relaxation, massage therapy can have a great many
health benefits, including improved sleep, reduced anxiety and
decreased muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise. Those who
experience pain from carpal tunnel syndrome, low back strain,
arthritis and other illnesses can find massage therapy particularly
Massage therapy can also be a great gift for yourself to relieve
some holiday stress. In fact, visiting a local massage therapist
can be one way to finish off your holiday list and reduce your own
stress, all in one trip.
At the Whole
Health Center in Lombard, our student interns provide massage
therapy under the supervision of university clinicians at
discounted rates. You can set up an appointment for anyone after
the first of the year at the Lombard clinic or purchase gift
certificates for half-hour and one-hour massage sessions at our Whole Health
Center located in Pinellas Park in Florida.
Different types of massage are offered including soft tissues
and muscle work, sports massage, trigger point therapy,
neuromuscular facilitation and joint mobilization and
To book a massage appointment at the Whole Health Center in
Lombard call 630-629-9664. To purchase a gift certificate at the
Whole Health Center in Pinellas Park call 727-873-7870.
During Veterans Day this month, the
country honored and commemorated those who have served in the U.S.
armed forces. But year-round at National University we are always
looking for ways to help our veterans, particularly those with
One of our faculty members, Jerrilyn Cambron, DC, MPH, Ph.D.,
LMT, participated in a panel about massage in the military during
the American Massage Therapy
Association (AMTA) Convention last month. The panel highlighted
the benefits massage therapy can provide to veterans.
A big health concern for many of our veterans is post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD). Triggered by experiencing or seeing a
terrifying event, the health condition can last months or years and
result in a variety of symptoms including flashbacks, emotional
numbing and anxiety.
According to Dr. Cambron, there are a few research studies
indicating that massage therapy may be beneficial for the treatment
of PTSD, particularly in veterans. Other studies demonstrating
positive benefits have focused on massage therapy for anxiety and
for pain, both of which are associated with PTSD, she said.
During the panel, Dr. Cambron and other experts also discussed
that veterans may have different needs than other massage clients,
especially those with PTSD. For example, they may have an aversion
to touch on certain parts of their body or they may be
uncomfortable lying in a dark room with their face down. Therefore,
it's important for massage therapists to discuss certain needs with
their clients who are veterans.
If you're looking for a career in which you can help our
veterans, massage therapy may be the perfect choice. To learn more
about the Massage Therapy Program offered at NUHS visit our
To learn more about the free and discounted services provided to
veterans at our Veterans Clinic in the Whole Health Center in
Lombard call 630-629-9664 to schedule your appointment.
As part of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
20th annual National Massage Therapy Awareness week Oct.
23 - Oct. 29, massage therapists across the country are
highlighting the benefits of massage therapy and encouraging others
to incorporate massage into their personal wellness plans.
NUHS Massage Therapy faculty are currently celebrating at the AMTA 2016 National Convention in nearby
Milwaukee. On Thursday, Jerrilyn Cambron, DC, LMT, MPH, Ph.D.,
chair of the College of Allied Health Sciences and Distance
Education, will be presenting
new research on massage therapy and pain. She will also be
moderating a panel on massage therapy in the military.
On Friday, NUHS MT students will attend Student Day where they
will be able to connect with potential employers along with
successful practitioners who will share their insights on
networking, marketing and running a business.
previous blog post, I highlighted that the profession is
expected to grow significantly in less than 10 years. According to
the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for massage therapists
is projected to grow 23 percent by 2022, higher than the overall
projected job growth of 10.8 percent.
With over 39.1 million people reported to have received a
massage from July 2014 to July 2015, students are finding that the
massage therapy profession can be a very successful one.
If you're interested in learning more about a career in massage
therapy, explore the National University of Health Science's
massage therapy program at an evening information night from 6 p.m.
to 8 p.m. on November 16 at the Lombard campus.
At the event you can learn about the curriculum, explore career
opportunities and talk with financial aid representatives. You can
even talk with a graduate of the massage therapy program and get
their perspective that a lot of prospective students find
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