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.

Caitlin Spencer - NUHS Massage Therapy Graduate

Caitlin Spencer enjoys a rewarding career in massage therapy, and is able to bring her experience to community service outreach. She credits her training at National University of Health Sciences in providing her the expert skills she uses every day in a busy commercial massage center.

If you would like to explore the many advantages of starting your massage therapy career with certification from National University, visit the Massage Therapy Admissions site.

Massage Therapy Information Night

Online resources are great for massage therapists, but there's nothing like exploring your options live and in-person. That's why Massage Therapy Information Night at National University is so special.  You can meet others just like you, who are interested in massage therapy. You can talk to massage instructors who've had years of real world experience.  You can ask questions, tour our campus, and see what studying massage therapy in a health science university is really like. 

After all, massage is one profession where ultimately the most important things take place live and in-person.  In our digital world, the healing touch of a real person "here and now," through massage therapy, is so nurturing to people. Likewise, meeting and talking to real massage therapists is often the best way to learn about the career. 

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Why not make plans to come to our next Massage Therapy Information Night here at National University? There are new information nights scheduled for June and July, and more throughout the year. You can register online, or call 1-800-826-6285.

Massage Therapy Student's Experience at NUHS

In this video, you'll hear why Cassandra Ennsmann feels National University's program offers the best career preparation in massage therapy. Internship experience in our on-campus integrative medical clinic is a big reason.



Watch more videos from students, faculty, and alumni of the massage therapy program.

New Scholarship for Massage Therapy Students

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, 2013. 

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 requirement. 

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.