A great career opportunity for massage therapists is working for
a chiropractic or integrative medical practice. Chiropractic
physicians (DCs) recognize the therapeutic value of massage and
want to offer it to their clients. Yet oftentimes a DC can only
accommodate a licensed massage therapist on a part-time
A great way
to gain a full-time position, improve your employability and boost
your income in this sector is to offer both a license in massage
therapy and a chiropractic assistant certificate.
Chiropractic assistants are trained in office procedures,
medical records, and preparing patients for their examination and
treatment. This frees up the DC to see more patients, and improves
the quality of time that the DC can spend with each patient.
Offering these skills, plus the ability to perform a therapeutic
massage can make you an important asset to any chiropractic
National University offers a
chiropractic assistant program that weaves seamlessly into its
massage therapy programs. By simply enrolling for a few extra
weekend courses, students can graduate in one year with both a
massage therapy certificate and a chiropractic assistant
In fact, The American Chiropractor magazine recently
launched a new publication specifically for chiropractic
assistants. Here is an online link to The Chiropractic Assistant magazine's
first digital issue, so that you can get a better perspective
on what this career credential can offer you in addition to your
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
Where Do You Work? Working in Sports 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
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.
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.
If you thought massage therapy is just for self-pampering at
resorts and spas, think again! Massage therapists are now part of
many integrative health care clinics, nursing and rehabilitation
centers, hospitals and other health care venues.
Why? Massage therapy has profound health benefits that continue
to be documented by solid clinical research. Massage can lower
blood pressure, increase circulation, reduce stress, provide pain
relief, and much more. That's why many physicians are now referring
patients to massage therapists as part of their overall plan for
This spells good news for those working in the field
of massage therapy. In addition, the U.S. Department of Labor
predicts that jobs in the heath care sector will continue to grow
for the foreseeable future. This is because the baby boomer
generation is aging and will continue to need and demand more care.
As massage therapists become a more valued part of the health care
delivery system, their employment prospects are certain to expand
However, to take advantage of massage therapy jobs in medical or
therapeutic settings, a massage therapist must be able to function
as a professional in a medical environment. That's why National
University of Health Sciences offers a Massage Therapy
Certification Program anchored in basic sciences and training in
the skills a therapist needs to be part of a medical team.
At National, massage students don't just study anatomy from
books; they work in a real cadaver lab and examine human
musculature and body systems first hand. In other programs,
students might "get by" massaging friends and family to earn the
internship credits needed for certification. But at NUHS, students
spend six months in a real integrative medical clinic, where they
work on clients with a variety of health conditions, create charts
for each client and work in conjunction with clinical physicians.
When massage students graduate from NUHS, they understand medical
terminology and clinical protocol in a way that allows them to be
valued professionals on an integrative health care team.
The great part about the massage certification program at
National is that it only requires a high school diploma or GED to
start and can be completed in one year of convenient evening
classes. This makes massage therapy a very accessible career option
for those seeking an entry into the health care field.
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