Adjustment: The specific application of forces used to facilitate the bodys correction of nerve interference.
Bone Spur: An extra calcium deposit in response to injury, disease or incorrect motion or position of a joint.
Cervical: The vertebrae of the neck, usually seven bones
Chiropractic: A primary health care profession in which professional responsibility and authority are focused on the anatomy of the spine and immediate articulation, and the condition of nerve interference. It is also a practice, which encompasses educating, advising about and addressing nerve interference.
Disc: A cartilage (cushion/pad) that separates spinal vertebrae, absorbs shock to the spine, and helps protect the nervous system.
Diagnosis: A comprehensive process of evaluation of the spinal column and its immediate articulation to determine the presence of nerve interference and other conditions that may contraindicate chiropractic procedures.
Fixation: An area of the spine or specific joint with stuck or restricted motion.
Lumbar: The vertebrae of the lower back, usually five bones.
Palpation: Examining the spine with your fingers: the are of feeling with the hand
Practice Objective: The professional practice objective of chiropractic is to correct nerve interference in a safe, effective manner. The correction is not considered to be a specific cure for any particular symptom or disease. It is applicable to any patient who exhibits nerve interference regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms or disease. Manipulation: The forceful passive movement of a joint beyond its active limit of motion. It does not imply the use of precision, specificity or the correction of nerve interference. Therefore, it is not synonymous with chiropractic adjustment.
Paraspinal EMG Scanning: A painless, non-invasive procedure to measure and record the electrical signals given off by the muscles that attach to the spinal column. Electrodes are placed on the skin and their readings are shown in the form of a graph. Since one of the symptoms of nerve interference is abnormal muscle activity, the EMG is becoming a popular method for charting muscle spasms and spinal imbalance.
Sacrum: The trianglular bone at the base of the spine. Usually referred to as the "tailbone."
Sciatica: Pain, numbness, weakness or burning that starts in the lower back and can radiate down one or both of the legs.
Thoracic: Pertaining to the part of the spinal column from the base of the neck to about six inches above the waistline.
Thermography: This procedure measures the temperature on the skin surface to locate inflammation of muscles and soft tissues. A special camera takes pictures, which reflect the different temperatures by displaying a range of colors on film. Thermography has been used to pinpoint spinal nerve and muscle stress.
Vertebrae: Any of the individual bones of the spinal column.
Vertebral Subluxation: Also referred to as nerve interference, is a misalignment of one or more of the 24 vertebrae in the spinal column, which causes alteration of nerve function and interference to the transmission of mental impulses, resulting in a lessening of the bodys innate ability to express its maximum health potential.