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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.

Leading Experts Make Better Massage Teachers

National University is proud of its many of its faculty members who are published in nationwide magazines and professional journals. This includes our faculty who are experts in massage therapy. For example, this November, you'll find our massage therapy clinic supervisor, Dr. Patricia Coe, quoted in O: The Oprah Magazine

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Also, one of National's research professors, Dr. Jerrilyn Cambron, wrote an article on the topic of vetting good massage research for the November/December issue of Massage & Bodywork magazine. Dr. Cambron knows a great deal about massage research, as she is the current president-elect of the Massage Therapy Foundation and a co-founder of MassageNet.org.

Learn more about our massage therapy programs so that you, too, can come learn with the experts!

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 »
 

The National Advantage in Massage Therapy

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, our on-campus 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. Cambron is President-Elect of Massage Therapy Foundation

Dr.CambronDr. 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 in 2012.

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 me. "

"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.