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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 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 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.