Archive for tag: massage therapy

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.

An NUHS Student's Research in Massage

NUHS has a strong culture of supporting research by its faculty, graduate students, and students in its massage therapy program. The field of massage welcomes new research and case studies that track the benefits and applications of massage for various health conditions.

One massage student, Lauren Camer, did research at NUHS that culminated in a poster that she presented at a national conference after she graduated. She presented her poster at the 2013 American Massage Therapy Association National Convention in Fort Worth, Texas in September. Her topic was "Massage Therapy for Balance and Proprioceptive Deficits in a Juvenile: A Case Report."

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Lauren Cramer presents her research at the AMTA National Convention

The poster was based on the case of a boy with balance problems who received ten 30-minute manual massage therapy treatments over the course of five weeks. The therapist performed balance assessments on the boy before, during and after the massage therapy sessions. Lauren's case study on the boy showed that massage provided a positive and lasting impact.

While working on her research project, Lauren appreciated mentorship from her clinical supervisor, Dr. Patricia Coe, as well as her co-author, NUHS clinical research coordinator, Jen Dexheimer.

"They were always available to answer questions, and helped me with the preliminary work I needed to do to get my research proposal approved by the university," says Lauren. 

Now that she has graduated from NUHS, Lauren Camer is currently a licensed massage therapist in Illinois. She has a mobile massage service in addition to providing corporate chair massages and working in a chiropractic physician's office part-time.

Candy Washington

In this video, you'll hear why massage therapy instructor Candy Washington, LMT, feels that NUHS produces outstanding massage therapists. Hands-on training, as well as internship experience in an integrative medical clinic are key reasons. Read more about Candy Washington »
 

Ecktor Barrientos - Recent Massage Therapy Graduate

This month we have a guest blog from Ecktor Barrientos, a recent Massage Therapy graduate:

Photo of Ecktor BarrientosWow. This year came and went so quickly, and it was a year that changed my life. I graduated from NUHS this past Thursday with an Associate of Applied Science in Massage Therapy. I couldn't have chosen a better career or a better school. Now I'm moving to California in October and see what my future holds.

I noticed NUHS one day while driving down Roosevelt Road. I've driven past it many times since I spent my whole life growing up and living here in the Chicago area. But this time, I saw a sign that said "Massage Therapy Intro Course," and something just told me that I should check it out.

So I called the school to register for the next intro course. I took it and fell in love! Something about the atmosphere of the school just struck me that this is the place I needed to go.

Graduating from NUHS feels like such a privilege. I've met so many amazing people, learned a lot more than I thought I was going to (which is never a bad thing!), and met some of the best instructors I've had in my entire school career! I know I'm going to miss everyone I met at this school. It pretty much became a second home for this past year. And now that I'm out, I have to move on.

Before I enrolled for classes, I had the opportunity to go to California. I had been to California with friends once before in 2011 and I fell in love with it. It felt like home. This second trip was to actually see my significant other who lives out there. He is the one that has stood by me this whole year and pushed me to keep going. In October I will be moving there to be with him. Since I've always known I wanted to go to California, he gave me the reason to finally do it. And with massage therapy, I'll have the means to support myself there.

I've always been in the health field, and I worked in a hospital up until a couple months ago. I also am certified in Reiki and have been doing that for a couple years. Now I have found my modality in the healing arts. NUHS helped me make that dream a reality and I cannot be more thankful.

Going for a degree in massage therapy was my dream. Now I'll see what the future holds for me and take one step at a time!

Namaste

Research on Massage and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Recent findings from the Touch Research Institutes of the University of Miami School of Medicine show marked improvement in those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis after massage therapy.

Specifically, after moderate pressure massage therapy, those with rheumatoid arthritis had less pain, greater grip strength and improved range of motion in their upper limbs. (Read a summary of this latest research.)

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In fact, the Arthritis Foundation has great things to say about massage therapy as a pain relief option for those living with arthritis. Research has shown that massage can lower the body's production of the stress hormone cortisol, and boost production of serotonin, which, in turn, can improve mood. Additionally, massage can lower production of the neurotransmitter substance P, often linked to pain, improving sleep as a result. (Read the three-page report on massage therapy and arthritis.)

When you train as a massage therapist in a clinical environment, you'll have more exposure to clients seeking massage for medical conditions, such as arthritis. A key advantage in earning your massage therapy certification at National University of Health Sciences is its internship in the on-campus integrative medical clinic. Here, you will not only practice massage geared toward relaxation and wellness, but also have the chance to work with clients referred by physicians from a variety of medical specialties. Your massage will be part of an over all treatment plan managed by the client's physician.