Dear Friends and Colleagues,   

            Welcome to JMS Issue #4 of 2018. We appreciate the support of our readers from all around the world. Here is the content of the current issue we hope you will enjoy:   

Every year in the last issue of JMS we publish We Need Your Help where we finish international competition for the Best Clinical Case of 2018. We ask you to review clinical cases contributed by four very skillful therapists (B. Boetel, from Indiana; Sarah Waldhorn from Pennsylvania; Juan Luis Ordaz Sabag from Mexico; Theresa M. Brumble, from New Jersey) and choose a Case which impressed you the most.

Based on your votes we will select the Winner and this therapist will receive a Science Of Massage Institute Diploma, a $500 check and he or she will become our Person of the Month in the next issue of JMS.

In the section Introducing Our New CMMPs we proudly present three recent graduates of our Medical Massage Certification Program, Laura Righter, LMT from Redding, PA. Laura shared with our readers a very personal and motivating story of her first encounter with Medical Massage, her professional growth and changes it brought in her life and the lives of her patients.  

President of the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists (NAMTPT), Kate Simmons, LMT reviews results of the 34th NAMTPT National Convention on October 31-November 4 in Pittsburgh, PA.  

We have another small report from the 34th NAMTPT Convention where Dr. Ross Turchaninov was awarded prestigious Dr. David G. Simons Award for his contributions to the profession.

In the Science of Medical Massage section, we published two articles:

In the first article, “Forming A Consensus on Myofascial Trigger Points” Mary Biancala, MA, CMTPT, LMT shares with our readers the results of a recently published study which attempted to establish some common views on the nature and development of Myofascial Trigger Points.

The second article finishes our year long discussion of the psychological impacts chronic pain has on the patient’s brain. The Article, “Chronic Pain And Brain Self Defense Mechanisms: Part 2”, written by Dr. Ross Turchaninov, discusses how to avoid the pitfalls of defense reactions the patient’s brain creates for therapists and how to optimize the treatment to achieve stable clinical results. 

In our Case of the Month section, one of our current students, Teresa M. Brumble, RT(R) (CT), LMT, LLLT from Northfield, NJ contributes her clinical case, “Medical Massage Vs Chronic Headache.”

Finally, as usual, you will find a lot of helpful information in our Good Apples/Bad Apples section.    

Dr. Ross Turchaninov, Editor in Chief 

Category: Letter From The Editor