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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.

Celebrate National Massage Therapy Awareness Week with NUHS

As part of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) 20th annual National Massage Therapy Awareness week Oct. 23 - Oct. 29, massage therapists across the country are highlighting the benefits of massage therapy and encouraging others to incorporate massage into their personal wellness plans.

NUHS Massage Therapy faculty are currently celebrating at the AMTA 2016 National Convention in nearby Milwaukee. On Thursday, Jerrilyn Cambron, DC, LMT, MPH, Ph.D., chair of the College of Allied Health Sciences and Distance Education, will be presenting new research on massage therapy and pain. She will also be moderating a panel on massage therapy in the military.

Photo of woman receiving a massage

On Friday, NUHS MT students will attend Student Day where they will be able to connect with potential employers along with successful practitioners who will share their insights on networking, marketing and running a business.

In my previous blog post, I highlighted that the profession is expected to grow significantly in less than 10 years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for massage therapists is projected to grow 23 percent by 2022, higher than the overall projected job growth of 10.8 percent.

With over 39.1 million people reported to have received a massage from July 2014 to July 2015, students are finding that the massage therapy profession can be a very successful one.

If you're interested in learning more about a career in massage therapy, explore the National University of Health Science's massage therapy program at an evening information night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on November 16 at the Lombard campus.

At the event you can learn about the curriculum, explore career opportunities and talk with financial aid representatives. You can even talk with a graduate of the massage therapy program and get their perspective that a lot of prospective students find helpful.

Click here to RSVP and learn more.  

 

Massage Therapist is One of Top 10 Best Health Care Support Jobs

MT_Job Growth _with _labelThe health care support field is predicted to be one of the fastest-growing job segments in the next 10 years (Bureau of Labor Statstics).  U.S. News reviewed the nation's most in-demand occupations in their annual Best Jobs report and ranked massage therapist as #8 in the "Best Health Care Support Jobs" category for 2016.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects massage therapist employment growth of 23% between 2016 and 2024--higher than overall projected job growth of 10.8%.

In addition to job growth, the field of massage therapy offers many avenues to shape your career--from working at spas or fitness centers to working at hospitals, for sports teams, at integrative medical clinics, and more.

Careers _nocaptionsIf you've been considering Massage Therapy as a career, there's never been a better time to take the step forward!

A perfect opportunity for you to gain insight and learn about National University's convenient, one-year, evening certification program is through a Massage Therapy visit event.

When is the Massage Therapy Info Session?

  • Wed., Oct., 5, 2016 (6-8pm)
  • Wed., Nov. 16, 2016 (6-8pm)

How Do I Register?

*You will also get a  $250 tuition credit toward your first trimester for attending this event!*

Sign up for the next Massage Therapy Info Session and take the next step toward your future career.

You can also schedule an individual tour during the daytime if that is more convenient for you. Get started by calling 1-800-826-6285 or emailing admissions@nuhs.edu.

Massage Therapy One of Top 28 Employment Growth Leaders

Chair MassageMassage therapy job opportunities are anticipated to grow by 21.6% over the next 8 years. The profession comes in at number 23 out of the 28 top employment growth fields according to a major online media source.

MSN's "Money" featured a recent slideshow highlighting the top 28 fields with the highest projected employment growth between today and 2024.  The online publication used projections from the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine career rankings.

If you have a high school degree or GED, it can take as little as one year of convenient evening classes at National University to earn certification as a massage therapist and be able to take your state licensing exam.  You can then work in your choice of venues, be it a spa, a sports medicine center, integrative health care clinics, corporate wellness centers or your own business.

Explore how easy it is to start your career as a massage therapist by attending National University's next Massage Therapy Information Night on March 23rd, 2016.  You can also schedule an individual tour during the daytime if that is more convenient for you. Get started in planning your visit by calling 1-800-826-6285.

Massage Therapists Partnering with Chiropractic Physicians

2014-08-11_massageOne fantastic career opportunity for massage therapists is to work for a chiropractic physician. DCs (doctors of chiropractic) love to offer patients the option of massage therapy as a beneficial addition to their treatment plan. Having a part-time massage therapist on-site as part of their practice makes this easy and financially rewarding for the DC as well as for the massage therapist.

The "Massage Book" blog has a great article called "How to Partner with a Chiropractor". Many National University massage graduates choose this option as either the focus of their career, or as a part-time option in addition to a small practice of their own. Here are more recommendations from an MT who works in a chiropractic office.

If you want to work with DCs or other medical professionals, there are many advantages in choosing National University for your massage therapy education:

  • You'll be studying on a campus that also has students in chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and oriental medicine degree programs. 
  • In addition to seasoned massage professionals, many of your instructors will also be chiropractic physicians.
  • You'll serve your clinical internship in our integrative medical clinic, working alongside students and clinicians from our various medical specialties.
  • You'll often treat clients who are patients of our clinic, and get accustomed to working with treatment recommendations prepared by chiropractic physicians.

Preparing you to work in partnership with other medical professionals is just one way National University gives you a career advantage in massage therapy.