Adjustment: A chiropractic procedure involving controlled force to correct misaligned vertebrae and restore proper spinal function.
Alignment Assessment: Evaluation of the spine’s alignment to determine areas requiring adjustment or care.
Active Release Technique (ART): A soft tissue manipulation method to treat muscle, tendon, and ligament issues.
Biomechanics: The study of the body’s movement and the impact on musculoskeletal health.
Brace: Orthopedic support devices provide stability and reduce stress on injured areas.
Back Pain: Discomfort or distress experienced in the lumbar spine region.
Chiropractic Care Plan: A personalized program outlining treatment strategies and goals for patients.
Cervical Spine: The segment of the spine that is located in the neck consisting of seven vertebrae.
Core Strengthening: Exercises to strengthen muscles supporting the spine, promoting stability and balance.
Degenerative Disc Disease: A condition where intervertebral discs deteriorate, often causing pain and reduced flexibility.
Diagnostic Imaging: Techniques like X-rays or MRIs visualize and diagnose spinal issues.
Disc Herniation: Protrusion of an intervertebral disc, potentially compressing spinal nerves and causing pain.
Ergonomics: Study of workplace or home setup to optimize posture and reduce stress on the musculoskeletal system.
Electrical Stimulation: Therapeutic technique using electrical currents to stimulate muscles or nerves for pain relief.
Extremity Adjustments: Chiropractic adjustments targeting joints outside the spine, such as shoulders, hips, and knees.
Functional Rehabilitation: Exercises and therapies to restore normal body function and mobility.
Flexion-Distraction: A gentle chiropractic technique used for conditions like herniated discs.
Functional Medicine: An approach addressing underlying health issues impacting musculoskeletal well-being.
Gonstead Technique: A chiropractic method focusing on precise adjustments to specific vertebrae.
Gait Analysis: Examination of a patient’s walking pattern to identify issues affecting the spine and posture.
Graston Technique: Soft tissue mobilization method using specially designed instruments to alleviate pain.
Holistic Care: A comprehensive approach considering physical, emotional, and environmental factors impacting health.
Headache: Pain or discomfort in the head or neck area, often related to spinal misalignment.
Hydrotherapy: Therapeutic use of water, such as hot/cold treatments, to alleviate pain and improve circulation.
Instrument-Assisted Adjustments: Chiropractic adjustments using handheld instruments to apply controlled force.
Injury Prevention: Strategies and exercises to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.
Intersegmental Traction: A therapy method involving a roller table to promote spinal motion and alignment.
Joint Mobilization: Manual techniques applied to joints to restore range of motion and function.
Joint Dysfunction: Abnormality in joint movement or alignment causing pain and discomfort.
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: A chronic inflammatory joint condition affecting children.
Kinesiology Taping: Application of specialized tape to support muscles and joints during healing.
Kinetic Chain: The interconnectedness of joints and muscles in the body affecting movement and function.
Kyphosis: Excessive outward curvature of the upper spine, often resulting in a hunched posture.
Lumbar Spine: The posterior aspect of the spine, often known as consisting of five vertebrae, is commonly associated with lower back pain.
Laser Therapy: Treatment using low-level laser light to reduce pain and inflammation.
Lordosis: An abnormally pronounced inward curve of the spine, also called a kyphosis typically in the neck or lower back.
Manipulation: Using controlled force to adjust spinal alignment and alleviate pain.
Myofascial Release: Soft tissue therapy targeting fascia (connective tissue) to improve range of motion.
Musculoskeletal System: The body’s structural components, including muscles, bones, and joints.
Neurological Examination: An assessment of the nervous system to identify issues affecting spinal health.
Nutritional Counseling: Guidance on dietary choices to support musculoskeletal health and overall wellness.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression: A therapy for conditions like disc herniation using traction to relieve pressure.
Orthotics: Custom-made shoe inserts to improve gait, posture, and spinal alignment.
Osteoarthritis: A degenerative joint disease causing pain and stiffness, often affecting the spine.
Orthopedic Assessment: Evaluation of the musculoskeletal system to diagnose and treat orthopedic conditions.
Physical Therapy: Rehabilitation and exercises aimed at restoring function and reducing pain.
Postural Correction: Methods and physical activities to help improve posture and alleviate musculoskeletal stress.
Prenatal Chiropractic Care: Specialized care for expectant mothers, addressing pregnancy-related discomfort.
Quality of Life: The overall well-being and daily life satisfaction are often improved through chiropractic care.
Quadratus Lumborum: A lower back muscle often associated with lower back pain and posture issues.
Quantitative Sensory Testing: A diagnostic technique assessing sensory nerve function related to spinal health.
Radiating Pain: Pain that travels from one body area to another, often due to nerve compression.
Rehabilitation Exercises: Customized exercises to improve strength and mobility during healing.
Range of Motion: The extent to which an object can move can be achieved at a joint in various directions, crucial for spinal health.
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: Discomfort or pain in the sacroiliac joint, often treated with chiropractic care.
Scoliosis: Abnormal sideways curvature of the spine, often diagnosed during adolescence.
Soft Tissue Injury: Damage to muscles, tendons, or ligaments, treated through therapies like massage and stretching.
Therapeutic Ultrasound: Using high-frequency sound waves to relieve pain and inflammation.
Thoracic Spine: The section of the spine that is located in the center, associated with posture and mid-back pain.
Trigger Point Therapy: A technique targeting muscle trigger points to alleviate pain and tension.
Upper Cervical Care: Specialized chiropractic care focusing on the top two vertebrae for various health concerns.
Ultrasound Imaging: Diagnostic tool using sound waves to visualize soft tissues and assess spinal issues.
Upper Cross Syndrome: Muscle imbalance affecting the neck and shoulders, often treated with chiropractic care.
Vertebral Subluxation: A misalignment of vertebrae affecting spinal function and overall health.
Visceral Manipulation: Chiropractic technique involving gentle pressure to improve organ function.
Vitalistic Approach: A holistic perspective emphasizing the body’s innate ability to heal and maintain health.
Whiplash: Neck injury caused by rapid back-and-forth motion, often treated through chiropractic care.
Wellness Care: Ongoing chiropractic care to maintain optimal health and prevent musculoskeletal issues.
Weight-Bearing Imaging: Diagnostic imaging taken while standing to assess spinal alignment and health.
X-ray Analysis: Diagnostic tool using X-rays to visualize bone and joint structures for assessment and treatment planning.
Yoga Therapy: Incorporating yoga poses and stretches into chiropractic care for enhanced flexibility and pain relief.
Zone Therapy: A holistic approach addressing specific body zones to restore balance and improve overall health.
Zygapophyseal Joint: Also known as facet joints, these are the joints connecting the vertebrae, often treated in chiropractic care to alleviate pain and stiffness.