Acute (traumatic) Injuries
Injuries that occur due to a traumatic and unexpected event such as a fall, a care wreck, or a sports injury. The acute injury pain usually does not last longer than two or three months.
A chiropractic technique involving the application of pressure to specific bones. Adjustments employ a gentle, yet firm thrust which is meant to help relieve pressure from spinal nerves and restore the bone to its natural position.
A gradual breakdown, or deterioration, of the joint spaces in your musculoskeletal system.
A large vertebra in the upper cervical spine.
A common condition related to the spine, usually the lumbar, which occurs when a disc distends through a crevice in the spine.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
A progressive and sometimes painful joint disorder caused by a compression of the median nerve of your hand. The compression causes swelling, which exerts pressure on the nerves.
The seven vertebrae immediately behind the skull, or the neck area of the spine.
An alternative noninvasive health care practice with the mission to diagnose and treat mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system in order to relieve the obstructed nerves and improve overall health.
Also known as a doctor of chiropractic (D.C.), diagnoses and treats a broad range of physical conditions in patients with muscular, nervous and skeletal problems.
Chronic Back Pain
Unlike Acute Pain, Chronic Back Pain lasts more than three months.
A triangular shaped bone at the bottom of the spine. Also known as the tailbone.
Abbreviation for “doctor of chiropractic.”
Degenerative Disc Disease
A condition in which the inner core of the vertebral discs leak proteins that can inflame the nerve roots.
A form of chiropractic treatment used to help manage pain, rehabilitate damaged soft tissues, such as muscles, ligament, and tendons, and restore normal range of motion.
A common disorder in which a disc ruptures and shifts to a position that irritates the spinal nerves. A herniated disc occurs frequently within the lumbar region of the spine.
Ice Therapy (Cryotherapy)
A form of therapy involving the application of ice to treat several types of acute injuries, including those associated with back or neck pain.
The lower-back. The five bones in the bottom portion of the spine.
A form of chiropractic treatment, which involves the application of gentle, yet firm, specified pressure to bones. The goal of manipulation is to relieve pressure from the surrounding spinal nerves, eliminate pain and restore normal range of motion.
Also known as “preventative maintenance”, maintenance care is a subluxation correction program that involves spinal adjustments and examination in order to maintain spinal alignment.
A severe headache that has a tendency to reoccur when blood vessels and the head and neck spasm, restricting the blood flow to the brain.
A condition in which the sciatic nerve, which is several small nerves bundled within the pelvis area, is injured. Sciatica causes numbness, tingling and in the buttocks, legs, feet and toes.
A medical term that refers to spinal curvatures and a condition that often begins in early childhood.
Another name for a ruptured or herniated disc.
The term for the bones of your back that protect your spinal cord and allows the body to move in several different directions.
Exercises that focus on strengthening the core muscles that protect your spine. These muscles include the abdominal and back muscles.
Exercises that focus on limbering the soft tissue surrounding your spine and other body extremities.
Another term for the misalignments of the vertebrae. Subluxations can create pressure on the spinal nerves, causing a wide variety of symptoms throughout the body including localized soreness, pain, bodily irregularity and weakness.
A method of chiropractic adjustment that involves lying on a special chiropractic table for chiropractic adjustments.
A form of massage that involves manipulating the soft tissues of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm and stress.
The middle twelve segment of the vertebral column, between the cervical vertebrae and the lumbar vertebrae.
The 24 moveable bones that act as a support column to hold up the spine.
Composed of collagen, discs act as “shock absorbers” and are situated between vertebral bodies.
An injury to the neck or cervical spine that occurs when muscles are hyper extended.