Tips for Moms Returning to School

Tips for Moms Returning to School Whether you’re a single mother or you and your partner are juggling a family together, making the choice to continue your education after having children is a great way to empower yourself. But, going back to school as a mom has a unique set of challenges. No one should […]

Helping Others – A Career in Massage Therapy

If you enjoy helping others heal and relax through touch, a career in massage therapy may be a good choice for you. Here at American College of Healthcare and Technology we offer a combined Physical Therapy Aide/Massage Therapy training program to give you the skills you need to have a successful career as a massage […]

#ChoosePT in California: Healing the Pain of the Opioid Epidemic

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, about 20,000 Americans are killed every year by prescription painkillers. These deaths are almost always overdoses on prescription opioids such as oxycodone and fentanyl (the drug that killed Prince). But unfortunately, that number is deceptively small. Many more deaths stack on top of those as a result […]

Massage may help ease pain and anxiety after surgery

  A 20-minute evening back massage may help relieve pain and reduce anxiety following major surgery when given in addition to pain medications, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Many patients still experience pain following major surgery despite the availability of pain-relieving medications, according […]

Study shows massage reduces inflammation following strenuous exercise

  Genetic analysis also shows massage promotes growth of new mitochondria Most athletes can testify to the pain-relieving, recovery-promoting effects of massage. Now there’s a scientific basis that supports booking a session with a massage therapist: On the cellular level massage reduces inflammation and promotes the growth of new mitochondria in skeletal muscle. The research, […]

Massage therapy improves circulation, eases muscle soreness

  Massage therapy improves general blood flow and alleviates muscle soreness after exercise, according to a study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The study, reported online in advance of print in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also showed that massage improved vascular function in people who had not exercised, suggesting […]

Massage eases anxiety

  Seattle—A new randomized trial shows that on average, three months after receiving a series of 10 massage sessions, patients had half the symptoms of anxiety. This improvement resembles that previously reported with psychotherapy, medications, or both. But the trial, published in the journal Depression and Anxiety, also found massage to be no more effective than […]

Research confirms that some forms of massage help against low-back pain

  Most people have experienced back pain – and many hope that massage will relieve it. But not all forms of massage have been scientifically proven to help against low back pain. That is what the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) pointed out in information published on today. Back pain often […]

Adults demonstrate modified immune response after receiving massage

  Researchers in Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences have reported people who undergo massage experience measureable changes in their body’s immune and endocrine response. Although there have been previous, smaller studies about the health benefits of massage, the Cedars-Sinai study is widely believed to be the first systematic study of a larger group […]

Massage therapy: A profession on the rise

  Massage therapists elicit an impressive level of goodwill and increasing popularity among American adults. Fully two out of five adults have visited a massage therapist and 12% received at least one massage in 2004, putting massage on a par with consumer use of chiropractic and physical therapy services. These results come from a telephone […]