Welcome everyone to another edition of the Doctor’s Note where we talk about what’s on our minds when it comes to your health. 

This week I had a very interesting conversation with Dr. Ross Turchaninov around the science of pain: how it works and how it can be addressed. Dr. Turchaninov, founder of the Science of Massage Institute and author of more than 100 scientific papers and publications in both European and American medical journals, has dedicated his entire medical profession to bringing clinical science into massage therapy, making it a valued part of integrative medicine.  

Medical massage is a science based approach to the clinical application of massage therapy, a fascinating, common sense, approach to the cure for pain. I encourage you to listen to this full podcast. 


  • Pain is the consequence, not the actual problem. “The pain is pure generation by the brain, based on the inappropriately functioning peripheral receptors. The only solution for the pain is to find where the trigger is, suffocate the trigger, and then restore the function.” 
  • For managing conditions like scoliosis, it’s crucial to balance muscular communication and to engage in activities that are less affected by gravity (i.e.,swimming). 
  • Early detection and intervention, particularly in children, is vital for conditions like scoliosis, because it can become irreversible with age. Pediatricians play a vital role in this! 
  • “Obesity is not just about weight. It’s a contributing factor to conditions like scoliosis and an adversary to overall health. We must combat this with proper nutrition and management.” 
  • The therapeutic power of the TENS units – “Think of it like you’re clearing a highway during a snowstorm. What you’re doing is removing the traffic jams in the inflamed nerves, allowing for recovery and better nerve function.”
  • For the most part, traditional medical practices focus on the use of medications. An understanding of alternative therapies is necessary to bridge gaps in patient care. 
  • Seeking neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release can be game changers for soft tissue rehab!
  • Dr. Turchaninov highlighted the need for a multifaceted treatment plan. “A singular approach often falls short. What we need is a confluence of therapies, i.e., neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, to fully rehabilitate the soft tissue.” 

I highly recommend medical massage therapy for pain management. We are very fortunate to have two medical massage therapists, trained by Dr. Turchaninov, in our Tri Cities area: Carolynn M. Anderson, LMT, and Dolores Champagne, LMT.  

A highly informative interview to watch and share!   

Stay healthy.  Stay educated.

Till next week. 

Watch it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wmr4Natqj9Q&t=19s