Dear friends and colleagues,
Welcome to Issue # 4, 2011 of JMS. It contains a wealth of interesting information to read and use while working on your clients.

Our Person of the Month for this issue is Sophia Perkovich, who is the director of the Cortiva Institute massage therapy school in Scottsdale, Arizona. Originally from Canada, she knows massage education in Canada and the U.S. and offers interesting perspectives in our interview.

In the Science of Therapeutic Massage section of JMS, we continue with our series of articles entitled, “How Massage Heals The Body.” We finished Part III with a review of scientific data on how massage therapy triggers local and general vasodilation using various reflex mechanisms. These mechanisms, when correctly employed, maintain the healing effect of massage therapy long after the massage session is over.

In the Science of Medical Massage section, we decided to address one more time the subject of Trigger Point Therapy. The article, “Ischemic Compression: To Be Or Not To Be?” is our response to the great confusion this subject still creates among practitioners despite the fact that the large body of scientific data accumulated by modern medicine provides very strong guidelines about what works and what doesn’t.

Our Case of the Month is from our clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. We hope you enjoy this clinical case of one of our patients, which is illustrated with videos.

As always, we hope you find a lot of helpful hints and information in our Good Apples/Bad Apples section of the journal.

Dr. Ross Turchaninov,

Editor in Chief

Category: Letter From The Editor