Massage Therapy as Health Care
Massage therapy is a form of health care. The School of Massage Therapy prepares professional massage therapists to work with healthcare providers in a variety of settings. Most massage therapists (76%) receive referrals from healthcare professionals (American Massage Therapy Association).
We offer training in basic relaxation massage in preparation for more specific therapeutic and rehabilitative techniques. Wherever you choose to practice – hospital, sports facility, or spa – this approach prepares you to respond to a broader range of patients’ needs.
Clinical experiences are also an integral part of Northwestern’s massage therapy program.
A profession in demand
Employment of massage therapists is expected to grow 20 percent through 2020 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Massage therapy is widely used and increasingly accepted as a beneficial form of health care.
Medical providers are increasingly working with massage therapists for the benefit of their patients. From 2005 to 2010, the percentage of massage therapists working in a healthcare setting more than doubled, from 10% to 25%.
Professional massage therapists are now employed in:
- Chiropractic offices
- Rehabilitation centers
- Sports facilities
- Elderly care facilities
- Wellness centers