night's Massage Therapy
Information Night highlighted a visit from our alumnus, Peg
Ortega. Peg treated the guests to an interactive demonstration of
several massage techniques used by therapists. Each guest followed
Peg's lead and performed the techniques on their own arms. This was
a great way for future students to experience the sensations and
benefits of just a few of the techniques they will be learning in
Another alumnus, Matt Clemente, took our guests on a tour to see
one of our 30 cadavers. Since we teach our anatomy and
physiology on cadavers, it's important for future students to
have that initial experience. Looking at a muscle on a human being
as opposed to a textbook gives our students an advantage like no
other. This is just one of the reasons our graduates excel when taking their
National Board exams and are sought after therapists.
Using the cadaver, Matt pointed out how successful massage can
be in treating afflictions such as carpel tunnel syndrome and
frozen shoulders. By trying a less intrusive option, some clients
realize relief and can avoid surgery.
Dr. Randy Swenson, vice president for academic services,
finished the evening with an overview of the curriculum. He
pointed out the importance of learning anatomy as a foundation, a
variety of techniques to make a well-rounded therapist, and the
business elements National includes in its program to produce a
It was a great event! The next scheduled Information Night is
July 16th. Reservations are
accepted online or by calling 630-889-6566.
Two NUHS massage therapy grads, Janet Ziegler ('09) and Dorothy
Topounova ('09), were featured in a recent news segment on the
healing power of touch.
Here is a link to the full article on "The Science of Touch," while below is the news
segment from WGN's Living Healthy Chicago.
The best news is that Janet Zeigler also teaches in the massage therapy
program at NUHS, offering a class on healing touch for special
populations, including massage therapy in hospice settings.
Bringing massage therapy to wider populations, such as those in
hospice or suffering from dementia, is just one way our grads are
defining the future of integrated health care.
The American Massage Therapy Association has new Career Guidance and Job Bank resources on its website that can help
you explore your options as a massage therapist.
One of our favorite pages under Career Guidance is the Workplace Options page. Here, you can learn
more about the many massage settings you can choose from once you
have your license, such as: franchises, fitness ad sports centers,
medical and health care settings, self-employment and spas. There's
a downloadable PDF for each option describing what you'll need to
learn, what you can expect, wage estimates, and more!
There is even a Career Path Quiz that can analyze your
personal interests, preferences, work style, and make suggestions
as to which massage therapy venues might be best for you.
So check it out, and then check out our NUHS massage therapy
program and so you can apply and get on your way to an exciting
The U.S. News and World Report online money and career guide has
great news for those considering a career in massage therapy. It
ranks massage therapist as #17 on a list of Best Health Care Jobs.
Furthermore, it ranks massage therapists as #27 on their list of
"100 Best Jobs" overall.
The article discusses the pros and cons of massage therapy, as
well as training requirements and salary data. According to their
data, the median salary for a massage therapist is currently
$35,970, while the upper 10% of massage professionals earn $70,140.
Furthermore, it states that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
predicts that jobs for massage therapists will grow 22.6% between
2012 and 2022, adding 30,000 more professionals to this field.
Read the U.S. News article here, and then learn
how you can get started on your new massage therapy career at National University of Health
separate studies, massage therapy shows promise in reducing pain
and increasing the range of motion for those with osteoarthritis of
One study had a group of patients attend supervised self-massage
sessions twice a week, and taught them a regimen of self-massage
techniques to use at home. At the end of the study, researchers
found an overall improvement in stiffness, function and pain for
the intervention group, while a control group that did not
participate in the self-massage remained the same.
In a second study, patients receiving regular weekly or
bi-weekly massage showed reduced pain and stiffness and increased
Here is a
summary of both studies prepared by the American Massage
It's great to know that massage therapy may have the potential
to reduce reliance on prescription and over-the-counter pain
medication in osteoarthritis of the knee.
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