Recent findings from the Touch Research Institutes of the
University of Miami School of Medicine show marked improvement in
those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis after massage
Specifically, after moderate pressure massage therapy, those
with rheumatoid arthritis had less pain, greater grip strength and
improved range of motion in their upper limbs. (Read a summary of this latest research.)
In fact, the Arthritis Foundation has great things to say about
massage therapy as a pain relief option for those living with
arthritis. Research has shown that massage can lower the body's
production of the stress hormone cortisol, and boost production of
serotonin, which, in turn, can improve mood. Additionally, massage
can lower production of the neurotransmitter substance P, often
linked to pain, improving sleep as a result. (Read the three-page report on massage therapy and
When you train as a massage therapist in a clinical environment,
you'll have more exposure to clients seeking massage for medical
conditions, such as arthritis. A key advantage in earning your massage therapy
certification at National University of Health Sciences is its
internship in the on-campus integrative medical clinic. Here, you
will not only practice massage geared toward relaxation and
wellness, but also have the chance to work with clients referred by
physicians from a variety of medical specialties. Your massage will
be part of an over all treatment plan managed by the client's
Caitlin Spencer enjoys a rewarding career in massage therapy,
and is able to bring her experience to community service outreach.
She credits her training at National University of Health Sciences
in providing her the expert skills she uses every day in a busy
commercial massage center.
If you would like to explore the many advantages of starting
your massage therapy career with certification from National
University, visit the Massage Therapy Admissions site.
Online resources are great for massage therapists, but there's
nothing like exploring your options live and in-person. That's why
Therapy Information Night at National University is so
special. You can meet others just like you, who are
interested in massage therapy. You can talk to massage instructors
who've had years of real world experience. You can ask
questions, tour our campus, and see what studying massage therapy
in a health science university is really like.
After all, massage is one profession where ultimately the most
important things take place live and in-person. In our
digital world, the healing touch of a real person "here and now,"
through massage therapy, is so nurturing to people. Likewise,
meeting and talking to real massage therapists is often the best
way to learn about the career.
Why not make plans to come to our next Massage Therapy
Information Night here at National University? There are new
information nights scheduled for June and July, and more throughout
the year. You can register online, or call
In this video, you'll hear why Cassandra Ennsmann feels National
University's program offers the best career preparation in massage
therapy. Internship experience in our on-campus integrative
medical clinic is a big reason.
videos from students, faculty, and alumni of the massage
A great career opportunity for massage therapists is working for
a chiropractic or integrative medical practice. Chiropractic
physicians (DCs) recognize the therapeutic value of massage and
want to offer it to their clients. Yet oftentimes a DC can only
accommodate a licensed massage therapist on a part-time
A great way
to gain a full-time position, improve your employability and boost
your income in this sector is to offer both a license in massage
therapy and a chiropractic assistant certificate.
Chiropractic assistants are trained in office procedures,
medical records, and preparing patients for their examination and
treatment. This frees up the DC to see more patients, and improves
the quality of time that the DC can spend with each patient.
Offering these skills, plus the ability to perform a therapeutic
massage can make you an important asset to any chiropractic
National University offers a
chiropractic assistant program that weaves seamlessly into its
massage therapy programs. By simply enrolling for a few extra
weekend courses, students can graduate in one year with both a
massage therapy certificate and a chiropractic assistant
In fact, The American Chiropractor magazine recently
launched a new publication specifically for chiropractic
assistants. Here is an online link to The Chiropractic Assistant magazine's
first digital issue, so that you can get a better perspective
on what this career credential can offer you in addition to your
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