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Massage Therapy in integrated health care settings

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?

2017-01-26_chairmassageAbout 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 pain.

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 after treatment. 

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 admissions@nuhs.edu.

Massage Info Night Unites Graduates with Incoming Students

Admissions Staff - Deb CascioLast 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 the future.

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 confident professional.

It was a great event! The next scheduled Information Night is July 16th. Reservations are accepted online or by calling 630-889-6566.

The National Advantage in Massage Therapy

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, our on-campus 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.

Recap of Massage Therapy Information Night

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 future studies.

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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 unique.

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 the body.

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.

- Deb