Chiropractic Glossary

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Understanding Treatments, Terms & Conditions

A handheld percusive devise used by chiropractors for low force adjusting procedures and treatment. It delivers a quick and precise adjustment to the spine, and is done in place of using the doctors’ hands.

Manual pressure applied to specific acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating or inhibiting neurological flow to various organs, glands or tissues, with the purpose of returning the body to a normal status.

Back pain that lasts a short while, usually a few days to several weeks. Episodes lasting longer than three months are not considered acute.

A specific treatment to the human body designed to improve the integrity of a joint. In the Chiropractic profession there are over 60 separate and different ways to give an adjustment.

An inflammatory condition of the joints that can or cannot be disabling. It can result in joint disfigurement and restricted joint mobility. Categorized into as many as 12 types, the most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid.

Back pain is one of the most common ailments treated by Doctors of Chiropractic. Symptoms can be anything from pain to stiffness, numbness, burning sensations or all of the above. Your Doctor of Chiropractic will evaluate your condition by thorough examination. Backache can be treated by a Doctor of Chiropractic through spinal adjustments and physical therapy/ rehab.

An affliction of the nerves of the face that can cause excruciating, piercing pain with accompanying muscles spasms and facial contortions.

An extra calcium deposit in response to injury, such as degenerative arthritis.

Pop that occurs in a spinal joint when vertebral surfaces (facets) are separated to create a vacuum that pulls in nitrogen gas.

There are seven vertebrae in the cervical or neck area of the spine.

A primary health care profession in which professional responsibility and authority are focused on the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the spine, and immediate articulation and the condition of surrounding nerves.

Back pain episode that lasts more than three months.

A specific time set aside between the physician and either the patient and/or family member or interested person for the purpose of discussing the history of the complaint, the complaint and/or proposed treatment recommendations.

Method of applying manually controlled distraction or stretching to specific spinal segments with the assistance of a movable table.

12 pairs of specialized nerves that have their origins within the cranium or brain cavity.

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