Massage Therapy Ranks High on Best 100 Jobs

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 Sciences.

Massage Can Help Those with Osteoarthritis of the Knee

2014-01-15_knee _smIn two separate studies, massage therapy shows promise in reducing pain and increasing the range of motion for those with osteoarthritis of the knee.

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 functionality.

Here is a summary of both studies prepared by the American Massage Therapy Association.

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. 

An NUHS Student's Research in Massage

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 conditions.

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."

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Lauren Cramer presents her research at the AMTA National Convention

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 Dexheimer.

"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.

Leading Experts Make Better Massage Teachers

National University is proud of its many of its faculty members who are published in nationwide magazines and professional journals. This includes our faculty who are experts in massage therapy. For example, this November, you'll find our massage therapy clinic supervisor, Dr. Patricia Coe, quoted in O: The Oprah Magazine

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Also, one of National's research professors, Dr. Jerrilyn Cambron, wrote an article on the topic of vetting good massage research for the November/December issue of Massage & Bodywork magazine. Dr. Cambron knows a great deal about massage research, as she is the current president-elect of the Massage Therapy Foundation and a co-founder of MassageNet.org.

Learn more about our massage therapy programs so that you, too, can come learn with the experts!

Candy Washington

In this video, you'll hear why massage therapy instructor Candy Washington, LMT, feels that NUHS produces outstanding massage therapists. Hands-on training, as well as internship experience in an integrative medical clinic are key reasons. Read more about Candy Washington »