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Science Supports the Benefits of Massage Therapy

Posted Thursday, Sep 23, 2010 by Allen B. Ury

The therapeutic effects of massage therapy continue to be documented by America’s medical community. For example, in the last three years:

  • Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, published a study in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology (2009) that showed how massage therapy can be used to reduce pain, anxiety and depression in children suffering from Sickle Cell Disease.
  • A study sponsored by the Institute of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (2008) revealed that massage therapy can immediately reduce pain and improve the mood of people suffering with advanced forms of cancer.
  • The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) reported that classic massage, Thai massage and acupressure can help relieve lower back pain (2010).
  • In a first-of-its-kind study published in the Journal of Patient Safety (2010) revealed that 50 percent of hospital patients can enjoy significant relief from postsurgical via “non-traditional” methods such as massage therapy.
  • An issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter (April 2010) cites massage therapy as an effective treatment for fibromyalgia.
  • Researchers in Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences have reported in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2010) that people who undergo massage experience measurable changes in their body’s immune and endocrine response.

Massage Therapy Career Training Available at Everest in Colorado Springs

Training for a career in Massage Therapy is now available at Everest College’s campus in Colorado Springs, Colo. The nine-month career education program uses both traditional classroom lectures and intensive hands-on training to prepare students for entry-level positions as massage therapists. Instructors are all massage therapy professionals who can add their real-world knowledge to the classroom experience. Everest’s Colorado Springs campus also has a dedicated Career Services department that helps graduates prepare winning resumes, practice effective interviewing techniques and look for employment opportunities in their area.

A Comprehensive Curriculum

Classes in Everest College’s Massage Therapy program include:

  • Business and Ethics
  • Swedish Massage, Pre-Natal, Post-Natal and Infant, and Elder/Geriatric Massage
  • Eastern Theory and Practice
  • Energy and Non-traditional Therapies, Wellness and CPR
  • Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release and Pin and Stretch
  • Neuromuscular/Trigger Point and Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Clinical and Sports Massage
  • Health and Wellness

About the Colorado Springs Campus

Everest College’s Colorado Springs campus is situated at 1815 Jet Wing Drive in Colorado Springs (80916), approximately one-half mile west of the intersection of East Fountain Boulevard (Highway 24) and South Powers Boulevard (Highway 24). The campus’ building offers ample off-street parking.

For more information about Everest College’s Massage Therapy program and other career education programs, contact Everest College today!

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