The specific application of force to aid the body's correction
of nerve interference. See
CHIROPRACTIC - A health care profession
focused on the anatomy of the spine and immediate articulation,
and the condition of nerve interference. Also, it is the term
for the practice encompassing the education, advise, and address
of nerve interference.
- The comprehensive process of evaluation of the spinal column
and its immediate articulations to determine the presence
of nerve interference and other conditions that may call for
CHIROPRACTIC PRACTICE OBJECTIVE - To correct
nerve interference in a safe and effective manner. The correction
is not a specific cure for any particular symptom or disease.
It is applicable to anyone with nerve interference, regardless
of symptoms of disease.
- A combination of dis, a prefix meaning "apart from,"
and ease, meaning a "state of balance." Dis-ease
is a lack of comfort. Chiropractors believe in first treating
dis-ease with the reduction or elimination of nerve interference
to give a patient a chance to recover naturally before resorting
to the treatment of disease with drugs or surgery.
HEALTH - The state of optimal physical,
mental and social well-being. Health goes beyond the mere
absence of disease or infirmity.
- The forceful passive movement of a joint. Manipulation does
not imply the use of precision, specificity, or correction
of nerve interference. Manipulation is not synonymous with
MRI - Magnetic
Resonance Imaging, an MRI uses radio waves, magnetic fields,
and computers to create a high quality picture of the internal
organs, soft tissue and nerve network. The patient lies still
while being passed through a narrow cylinder. An MRI can detect
brain and spinal tumors, disc disease, spinal stenosis, degeneration
and indications of a stroke. It is also used to examine heart
and liver tissue and joints. It is the preferred method for
examining spinal disc degeneration.
- See vertebral subluxation.
RETRACING - The
re-experiencing of some discomfort from an old injury. Body
tissues remember traumas, injuries and accidents they have
experienced. If retracing is experienced after a chiropractic
adjustment, the pain or discomfort is usually brief. It is
best to be patient as the body heals itself. Often retracing
is mild and almost unnoticeable but it can be dramatic for
a short time.
- See vertebral subluxation.
- A special camera takes pictures that measure the temperature
on the skin surface to locate inflammation of muscles and
soft tissues. This procedure has been used to pinpoint spinal
nerve and muscle stress.
- The spinal column consists of twenty-four small bones called
vertebrae. Seven are located in the neck, twelve in the mid-back,
and five in the lower back. The vertebrae stack one on top
of the other and form a straight line when viewed from the
front or back. It is rare to find someone with a perfectly
SUBLUXATION - Also referred to as nerve interference,
or simply subluxation. Vertebral subluxation is a misalignment
of one or more of the vertebrae in the spinal column which
causes alteration of nerve function and interference to the
transmission of mental impulses. This lessens the body's innate
ability to express maximum health potential. See
VITALISM - A doctrine teaching that life
is caused and sustained by a vital principle distinct from
all physical and chemical forces. Vitalism says that life
is, at least in part, self-determining and self-evolving.
- The common name for Radiograph. It is a picture of the solid
parts of the body produced by passing electromagnetic rays
through the body positioned against photographic film. The
rays pass through the soft tissues and are stopped by solid
objects such as metal and bones, including teeth.