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.
NUHS has a strong culture of supporting research by its faculty,
graduate students, and students in its massage therapy program. The
field of massage welcomes new research and case studies that track
the benefits and applications of massage for various health
One massage student, Lauren Camer, did research at NUHS that
culminated in a poster that she presented at a national conference
after she graduated. She presented her poster at the 2013 American
Massage Therapy Association National Convention in Fort Worth,
Texas in September. Her topic was "Massage Therapy for Balance and
Proprioceptive Deficits in a Juvenile: A Case Report."
Lauren Cramer presents her research at the AMTA National
The poster was based on the case of a boy with balance problems
who received ten 30-minute manual massage therapy treatments over
the course of five weeks. The therapist performed balance
assessments on the boy before, during and after the massage therapy
sessions. Lauren's case study on the boy showed that massage
provided a positive and lasting impact.
While working on her research project, Lauren appreciated
mentorship from her clinical supervisor, Dr. Patricia Coe,
as well as her co-author, NUHS clinical research coordinator, Jen
"They were always available to answer questions, and helped me
with the preliminary work I needed to do to get my research
proposal approved by the university," says Lauren.
Now that she has graduated from NUHS, Lauren Camer is currently
a licensed massage therapist in Illinois. She has a mobile massage
service in addition to providing corporate chair massages and
working in a chiropractic physician's office part-time.
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