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Glossary/ Definitions

Below, you will find a list of the common words used in our web site to identify our methods and therapies. We hope that it helps you while you browse our site pages in our effort to help you be informed about your health care choices.

Acupuncture is the system of complementary medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, used to alleviate pain. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West.

Active Release Techniques (ART) is a comprehensive method of Soft Tissue Treatment to help such conditions as Carpal Tunnel, Sports Injuries, Headache Relief, Occupational Health, Industrial Injury, using protocols in a combination of examination and treatment. The ART specialist uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves during treatment. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

Chiropractic is the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of mis-alignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column.

Cranio Sacral therapy is a holistic healing practice that uses very light touching to balance the cranio sacral system in the body, which includes the bones, nerves, fluids, and connective tissues of the cranium and spinal area.

Cryotherapy is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy or the removal of heat from a body part.

Deep Tissue is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance the function and promote relaxation and well-being.

Massage Therapy is the assessment of the body’s soft tissues and joints, and the treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain and physical disorders of the soft tissues and joints.

Musculoskeletal System is the system of muscles and tendons and ligaments and bones and joints and associated tissues that move the body and maintain its form.

Myofascial Release is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and accompanying pain and restriction of motion.

Nervous System is the network of nerve cells and fibers that transmits nerve impulses between parts of the body.

Neuromuscular – Of, relating to, or affecting both nerves and muscles.

Pre-natal Care/Massage focuses on the mother-to-be as she goes through physical changes due to pregnancy, using techniques that comply with protocols that are safe for the unborn child.

Post-natal Care/Massage refers to care of the mother from birth of the child until about 6 weeks after childbirth to aid in the body’s recovery.

Somatic Dysfunction is the impaired or altered function of bodily structures (most often of the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, or lymphatic system)

Swedish Massage refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart.

Temple Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) is a disorder that is caused by faulty articulation of the temporomandibular joint and is characterized by facial pain, headache, ringing ears, dizziness, and stiffness of the neck. Also called myofacial pain-dysfunction syndrome.

Trigger Point Release is a method addressing trigger points (also known as muscle spasm or muscle knots). A trigger point describes a taught band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points are tender to the touch and can refer pain to distant parts of the body. Patients may have regional, persistent pain resulting in a decreased range of motion in the affected muscles.

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