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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.

AMTA's Career Resources in Massage Therapy

The American Massage Therapy Association has new Career Guidance and Job Bank resources on its website that can help you explore your options as a massage therapist.

One of our favorite pages under Career Guidance is the Workplace Options page. Here, you can learn more about the many massage settings you can choose from once you have your license, such as: franchises, fitness ad sports centers, medical and health care settings, self-employment and spas. There's a downloadable PDF for each option describing what you'll need to learn, what you can expect, wage estimates, and more!

There is even a Career Path Quiz that can analyze your personal interests, preferences, work style, and make suggestions as to which massage therapy venues might be best for you.

So check it out, and then check out our NUHS massage therapy program and so you can apply and get on your way to an exciting new career.

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.

Sports Massage

When you choose a career in massage therapy, a world of possibilities is open to you. Massage therapists work in all sorts of interesting places--even the Olympics! Here's an article from a massage therapist who will be traveling to the 2012 London Olympic Games. She explains the steps that led her to this opportunity, and also what's involved in becoming an expert in sports massage. 

» Where Do You Work? Working in Sports Massage

Fair Trade: Barter and Massage

At the beginning of their careers, almost every massage therapist faces the question of how to build their clientele on a meager or non-existent marketing budget. To help get the word out there without breaking the bank, consider the time-tested technique of barter - the exchange of services and goods for the same.

Massage Therapists can broaden their word-of-mouth clients through their barter buddies while cutting back on their own personal expenses.

To start with, you might exchange a massage for a small ad in a local paper, or get your business cards or other printing done by a local printer in dire need of touch therapy. Branching out, the possibilities are endless:  personal training sessions, acupuncture, chiropractic, reflexology, facials, hair care, nail services, gym memberships, oil changes, dry cleaning, and all the while you are adding more and more people to the list of clients who will recommend you.

One drawback, though, is that barter is fully taxable. According to the IRS, income from barter arrangements must be reported as income in the year in which the goods or services are exchanged. Arrangements on a noncommercial basis are exempt and fewer than 100 commercial transactions in a given year do not need to be reported.