After graduating from a medical massage program, I knew I wanted to work in the health care field. My first experience practicing medical massage in a health care setting was working at a hospital as an Oncology Massage Therapist. It was one of the most rewarding and awe-inspiring experiences of my life.
Every day in my job I saw and learned something new. Being able to be around so many different beautiful souls and being able to help heal them alongside with the doctors and physical therapists was humbling and incredibly rewarding.
Each day I was given a specific treatment plan to perform bodywork on each patient. The Doctor and I would discuss the medications that were given to the patient and which parts of the body needed massage treatment. It was wonderful to be in a medical environment where the healing power of massage was valued and incorporated into the patients' treatment plans.
Recording medical documentation for each patient was challenging work, but it was exciting to have a treatment plan and see the progress of each person over a period of time. Not only was I performing medical massage, but I was also supervising and helping other Massage Therapists.
Medical Massage Programs
Massage is becoming more and more respected and valued in the health care field as a medical treatment. If working in a hospital environment is something that may interest you when becoming a Massage Therapist, you will have many career options and job opportunities to choose from. A medical massage program like MTTI's will help you to be well-rounded in your training and to be prepared to work in a hospital setting.
A medical massage program will offer massage training in advanced modalities to treat injuries and medical conditions. Some medical massage schools may also offer an injury treatment clinic, where you learn and apply the advanced techniques for injury treatment that you learned in class. For example, MTTI's Clinical Residency Externship at the New Mexico State University athletic department allows students the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in treating real athletic injuries on National caliber athletes. This type of real-world experience will help you to be well prepared when starting a career as a Medical Massage Therapist in a hospital setting.