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.
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.
In the video below, Dr. Randy Swenson, dean of the NUHS College
of Allied Health Sciences, explains the many advantages of National
University's massage therapy educational programs.
Few programs offer advantages like our cadaver-based anatomy lab,
integrative medical clinic, or our exceptional pass rate on
national board exams.
Dr. Swenson holds a DC degree from NUHS as well as a Master of
Health Professions Education degree from University of Illinois at
Chicago, and is currently serving as Chair of the Commission on
Massage Therapy Accreditation.
If you missed last week's Information Night, you missed a great
event with featured speakers Dr. Randy Swenson, our Dean, and
Massage Envy owner, Jan Gentner!
The hit of the night, as usual, was our cadaver demonstration.
Because our students spend a good deal of time studying anatomy on
cadavers, it's important for them to get to view a body and
hear about how instrumental this learning tool will be in their
Our alumnus, Matt Clement, gives a guided tour of the body as he
shares the highlights of his experience as a student and as a
professional massage therapist--and Matt's got some great stories!
We invited our guests to put on some gloves and touch the human
body (if they dare) and we had a few takers. Each person that
donates a body to science is offering the ultimate gift to medical
and health students and we are most grateful and respectful of that
gift. This type of experience in a massage school is quite
We also visited Dr. Ed Bifulco's palpation class where his
students were poking and prodding the knee area to learn how to
detect abnormal pathologies. This is a class that is not teaching
any kind of massage technique but is one of the foundation courses
that make our students well prepared to detect areas of concern in
I can guarantee you will be well prepared for your board exam
and your career if you decide to choose National for your formal
education. Give me a call (1-800-826-6285) or email me if you'd like to visit
or just chat. Personal tours are offered every week day.
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