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
On February 8th, 2013, the American Massage Therapy Association
announced a new $5000 scholarship available for a massage therapy
student. Applications are due May 31st, 2013, and the
scholarship recipient will be announced on September 10,
You are eligible for consideration if you are currently enrolled
or admitted into a 500-hour entry-level massage therapy program at
the time you apply. The application also includes a 500-word essay
Since you can only apply for this scholarship with proof of
admission, it's important you start your NUHS
application process now. If you are considering applying to one
of National University's massage therapy programs, we can usually
let you know if you are admitted about one-month after you apply
and submit all the necessary materials. Even if you plan to start
your program later in the year, you can still apply now.
Once you are admitted or enrolled, you can apply for the AMTA massage therapy scholarship online.
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 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
Massage Therapy Assocation
The American Massage Therapy
Association offers news, a journal, continuing education credits,
job postings and other resources for massage therapists.
Bodywork and Massage Professionals
The Associated Bodywork and Massage
Professionals provides a host of online resources such as videos,
articles, event calendars and more.
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
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?
In the video below, Dr. Randy Swenson, dean of the NUHS College
of Allied Health Sciences, explains the many advantages of National
University's massage therapy educational programs.
Few programs offer advantages like our cadaver-based anatomy lab,
integrative medical clinic, or our exceptional pass rate on
national board exams.
Dr. Swenson holds a DC degree from NUHS as well as a Master of
Health Professions Education degree from University of Illinois at
Chicago, and is currently serving as Chair of the Commission on
Massage Therapy Accreditation.
Dr. Jerrilyn Cambron, professor at
National University, has been elected "president elect" for
the Massage Therapy Foundation. Her position
will begin in March of 2013, and she will serve her two-year term
as president from 2014 - 2016.
Dr. Cambron was previously elected to the Foundation's board of
trustees in 2010, and became a vice president of the organization
The focus of the Foundation is to "advance the knowledge and
practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research,
education, and community service."
Dr. Cambron says, "These three tenets of research, education,
and community service are exactly what I stand for as well, so
as a massage therapist, the Foundation was a natural match for
"The Massage Therapy Foundation's work is very exciting," says
Dr. Cambron. "We have an international massage therapy research
conference coming up, and also an online open-source journal that is indexed in
PubMed. The Foundation gives out funding for research and community
service projects, and is starting a webinar series on how to write
case reports. In fact, we have a case-report contest for both
students and practitioners." says Dr. Cambron.
Dr. Cambron serves on the faculty of National University's
Research Department and in addition to her doctor of chiropractic
degree, holds both a master's degree in public health and PhD from
the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
She is also a licensed massage therapist and founder of MassageNet, a
practice-based research network for massage therapists.
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