Archive for tag: massage therapy

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.

Get Connected - Online Resources for Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is all about connecting, whether it's connecting with yourself as a caregiver, your clients, or connecting with new ideas and discoveries in the healing arts and sciences. 

That's why the Internet is such a great boon to today's massage therapists.  You can learn new tips, expand your understanding, and even connect with other massage therapists around the world, simply by clicking a mouse. 

Here are some great places to start getting connected: 

MassageNet

MassageNet is an online research network for massage therapists offering news, resources, and research from practicing massage therapists.

Massage Therapy Foundation

This foundation provides education, research and community service opportunities for massage therapists.

American Massage Therapy Assocation

The American Massage Therapy Association offers news, a journal, continuing education credits, job postings and other resources for massage therapists.

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals

The Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals provides a host of online resources such as videos, articles, event calendars and more.

Massage Therapy - A Public Education Site 

Here is a good public education site about massage therapy by ABMP where you can learn more about careers in massage, massage schools, massage state regulations. You can also find a massage therapist.

International Journal of Massage and Bodywork

The International Journal of Massage and Bodywork is the only peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed journal of its kind.

Most of the above organizations also have LinkedIn and Facebook pages. Whether you're a person who loves receiving massage (like me), or a practitioner, student or even just someone who's exploring a career in massage therapy, why not get connected?