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Chiropractic Terminology

Some people are naturally curious and they want to know more.  This page is for them.  If you tell us at your next appointment that you think maybe your “axis” has a “subluxation” we’ll know that you’ve been studying!

Some concepts in chiropractic are so important that they require a whole page to explain. These terms are:
Subluxation and Subluxation Degeneration.

Atlas – first cervical vertebra

Axis – second cervical vertebra

Cervical – first seven vertebrae (neck)

Coccyx – last bone of the vertebral column, formed by the union of four vertebrae, commonly called the tailbone

Congenital – existing at, and usually before, birth

Degeneration – deterioration which causes some degree of loss of original function

Disc – the mass of fibrocartilage between adjacent surfaces of most vertebrae

Dorsal/Thoracic – twelve vertebrae of the mid-back which attach to ribs

Inflammation – symptoms of swelling, heat, redness; a localized protective response caused by injury or destruction of tissue.

Neck Pain – Refers to the pain and discomfort in the area above the shoulders to the base of the skull.

Chiropractic Adjustment – The Chiropractic Physician can use many different techniques to manipulate a specific joint to correct the vertebral subluxation complex.

Chiro – Greek origin meaning of the hands;  Also a shortened term meaning the chiropractor.

Spinal decompression – therapy that is a non-surgical traction. It can effectively treat and relieve pain.

Chiropractic Treatment – This includes but is not limited to the chiropractic adjustment and other modalities that may be deemed necessary to treat a particular ailment.

Chiropractic Care – This is an all-encompassing term for services rendered in our Chiropractic office. It can include the adjustment, soft tissue work, modalities, exercises and more.

Neck Pain Treatment – This is the chiropractic Care for the neck.

Back Doctor – This is a slang term that usually refers to a chiropractor. It is not entirely accurate as we work on more than just the back, but also on extremities and soft tissue!

Family Chiropractic – In our office we treat people in all stages in life. Chiropractic helps people stay healthy as well as treating different pains. We have many families that we treat the Grandparents down through the great grandchildren! We love getting to know families!

Chiropractic Benefits – Patients under care start to have relief from the pain they originally came to be treated for, and often start to notice they feel better throughout their whole body! They often state they don’t feel so compressed, can deal with stress easier, wake up feeling great and not as sluggish. There are many benefits to chiropractic treatments!

Lumbar – five vertebrae of the low back

Nerve – a collection of nerve fibers which convey impulses from the central nervous system to other region of the body

Sacrum – a curved triangular bone composed of five united (or fused) vertebrae situated below the fifth lumbar

Sprain – joint injury in which the ligaments are stretched or lacerated

Strain – overstretching or overexertion of muscles

Subluxation – misalignment of a vertebra or vertebrae putting pressure on nerve supply

Vertigo – an illusion of movement; a sensation as if the external world were revolving around the patient

Vertebra – one of the 33 bones forming the spinal or vertebral column

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