Archive for tag: massage therapy

Massage for Severely Ill Children

National University grad Karen Selph ('03) was recently featured on a local television news segment on bringing the benefits of massage therapy to severely ill children. Karen works as a massage therapist at Maryville's Children's Healthcare Center in Chicago.

Screenshot of video featuring Karen Selph

Karen is just one of our grads who are taking advantage of new applications for massage in an integrative medicine environment.

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.

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 »