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Glossary

ACA - The American Chiropractic Association - a political organization dedicated to the advancement of the chiropractic profession and the opportunity for all healthcare consumers to receive chiropractic care with equal opportunity.

ACBSP - American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians - the governing agency which establishes criteria for and makes rulings on the credentialing of Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians and Diplomates of the program.

Activator Technique - A system of adjusting using a hand held spring-activated instrument that delivers a controlled thrust. This technique focuses on how reflexes in the affected areas of the body influence the patient's leg length. We utilize a similar spring-activated instrument for those patients that prefer or are in need of small gentle thrusts using this tool, however we are not trained or certified in the Activator Technique. We have also found the tool useful for giving a quick stretch to overactive muscles to get them to relax.

Acupressure - The method of applying pressure to activate certain sites on the body to affect and balance the meridians of the body. The pressure can be applied in many different ways. We may use a small laser pen, pressure with our fingers, or some other form of mechanical stimulation. The principles behind acupressure are the same that govern acupuncture. This is an ideal way for patients who are afraid of needles to experience the beneficial effects of Chinese Meridian therapy.

Acupuncture/Meridian Therapy - The practice of inserting needles into specific sites on the body to affect and balance your meridians. This therapy is based on the belief that these sites are grouped along meridians that carry life force, and that an imbalance in these meridians leads to dysfunction or disease in the body. Therefore, relatively any imbalance in the body can be addressed by acupuncture. That does not mean it will be a cure for every disease, but it does mean that it can help with many conditions. Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and much like chiropractic is practiced differently by each practitioner. Acupuncture is now widely accepted by the World Health Organization for conservative treatment of many conditions. Acupuncture gained popularity in the United States when some of our government officials went to visit China and saw them performing open surgery using only needle acupuncture as the general anesthesia.

Adjustment - A meticulously controlled thrust that is therapeutic in nature and is controlled in velocity, amplitude, and direction. Please read our article on the chiropractic adjustment to learn more

Allergies - Conditions derived from overreactions of the immune system to certain antigens. The term allergies is often misused. For example, many people claim to have an allergy to a certain food when in fact it is more accurately described as a food sensitivity because there is a lack of an allergic response by the body. If you feel that food allergies might be a problem for you, please make an appointment today for us to schedule the appropriate lab work to identify your true food allergies. Identifying and controlling your food sensitivities is an effective way to manage seasonal allergies as well. We can't control what's in the environment, however we can control what food we take into our bodies. By minimizing or eliminating the foods we are sensitive to it will decrease the load on our body's immune system to fight off these allergies.

AMA - American Medical Association - a very large and powerful lobbying agency for the medical profession. They have a strong influence on legislature, and focus a lot of effort on establishing control of the healthcare market

Anemia - A condition that exhibits a reduction in the number of red blood cells. One of the key symptoms is fatigue. May people do not realize that there are many forms of anemia, most of which are due to vitamin and mineral deficiencies such as iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid. Anemia is easy to spot on a complete blood count. We recommend this inexpensive lab to many of our patients that are experiencing chronic fatigue.

Applied Kinesiology - this technique is widely used by complementary healthcare practitioners, and it remains a topic of hot debate in both the clinical and academic worlds. The technique itself involves testing the function and response of certain muscles in response to provocations involving another structure of the body or nutrients needed by the body. Patients seem to really like this technique or despise it. Dr. Noah does not use applied kinesiology, however you are encouraged to seek out and discover which techniques work best for you as a patient.

Asthma - A condition evidenced by the reoccurring attacks of wheezing and shortness of breath due to spasmodic contractions of the bronchi. There is a small amount of clinical research that supports the use of chiropractic care in the treatment of asthma. More research needs to be done, but combined with nutritional therapies, many patients can find relief

Biofeedback - A method to enable an individual to gain some form of control over autonomic body functions, such as heart rate or blood pressure, by providing auditory or visual information on the state of his/her physiological condition.

Blood Chemistry - A thorough investigation of the physiology associated with your blood. We use different markers in your blood chemistry to determine what is causing the symptoms you are experiencing. Your blood chemistry is a microscope into the health of your body. We look for specific patterns that suggest something is wrong with the function of the cells in your body. We use reference ranges that are more narrow than those used by labs and the medical profession because we are not waiting for you to reach the stage of disease rather we are looking for the cause of your symptoms. This allows us to use natural and conservative interventions before you reach the point of disease, where you are then prescribed medications with their myriad of side effects

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Classic carpal tunnel syndrome is the result of pressure or irritation on the median nerve by the structures in and around the carpal tunnel. This results in numbness, tingling, or weakness in your hands. However, it has been my experience that many cases of carpal tunnel syndrome are misdiagnosed. Often times the irritation is coming from other structures in the arm - including muscles, tendons, fascia, ligaments, or inflammation and swelling.

Cervical Spine - also known as your neck, this refers to the seven vertebrae that go from the base of your skull to your shoulder line. The first two vertebrae are very unique and are referred to as the Atlas and the Axis - this is where much of the rotation of the head takes place. When the joints in your cervical spine aren't moving correctly or are fixated, it will lead to muscle tension and headaches. We help restore this function by adjusting your neck and applying myofascial release to the affected areas. Chiropractic has a great track record for helping people with headaches.

Chiropractic - The name comes from the Greek words "chiros" and "praktikos" which means done by hand. Therefore, chiropractic typically involves using one's hands to help examine, diagnose, and treat various conditions. Chiropractic has now evolved into one of the largest professions in the healthcare industry, and is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for many conditions. Please realize that all chiropractors practice just a little bit differently. Some focus more on the art, while others focus more on the science. One belief they all have in common is that the body has an amazing ability to heal itself, and the goal of each practitioner should be to remove any obstacles that prevent such healing. In general, chiropractors try to use conservative and preventive measures before turning to things like prescription drugs and surgery. For this reason, many chiropractors also focus on diet exercise nutrition and supplementation in their practice.

Diversified Technique - This is the technique I use in my practice for chiropractic adjustments, as it was the technique taught at Western States Chiropractic College. This technique strives to pull the best from all adjustive techniques by looking at research, logic, and anatomical structures.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation (E-Stim) - the application of small electrode patches to the affected areas of your body. These electrodes deliver a small current to help block pain and relax muscles. The intensity of the current is dictated by the patient, so you never have to have this at a level that is uncomfortable for you.

Ergonomics - the art and science of establishing a workspace that is easy-to-use, comfortable, and optimal for the various structures of your body. Good ergonomics can help improve your posture, improve your energy, and decrease any pain and suffering.com as a result of a long workday. Many conditions, like carpal tunnel syndrome, can be prevented by having a good ergonomics set up.

Fibromyalgia - this is the diagnosis given to many patients who suffer from chronic pain. The criteria for diagnosing someone with fibromyalgia are made by simply pushing on specific points on the body and asking the patient if those areas are tender. If a certain number of those points are tender then the patient is diagnosed with fibromyalgia. You can see why this is such a common diagnosis. It is in fact a garbage can diagnosis when the doctor doesn't know what is causing the symptoms. That does not mean your symptoms are not real or that you are not in a lot of pain, but it certainly doesn't address the cause of the symptoms.

Flexion-Distraction Technique - this technique is utilized to relieve pressure on the vertebral discs and to stretch the surrounding tissues. This technique can be very effective for people with low back issues, especially when combined with instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization or myofascial release. This technique requires a special chiropractic table that is capable of flexion and distraction. Your discs absorb water but they become dry the older we get and the more constant pressure we apply to them. This therapy is aimed at providing your discs with more fluid, so they are better equipped to absorb the stresses of daily life.

Functional Medicine - as defined by the Institute of Functional Medicine - "Functional medicine is personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms for serious chronic disease. It is a science-based field of health care." To look for the cause of your symptoms functional medicine utilizes patient questionnaires, extensive health histories, blood lab analysis, hormone profiles, thyroid and adrenal panels, gastrointestinal stool analysis, or any other test that would help uncover the abnormal physiology of the patient.

GERD - Gastro-esophageal-reflux disease - this disease is responsible for a huge amount of medication prescribed in America today. The symptoms of GERD suggest you have dysfunctional digestion. The problem with prescription medication is that they further inhibit your digestive functions. Rather than turning off your digestion and decreasing the absorption of your food, we recommend improving it by providing it with the necessary cofactors.

Gua Sha - this healing art dates back thousands of years. It is used for stimulating the flow of energy along the meridians of the body as well as breaking up fibrotic adhesions, increasing blood flow, decreasing swelling and inflammation, and restructuring scar tissue. Treatment with gua sha instruments can result in mild bruising, but this is merely a sign of increased blood flow to the area and will resolve within days. Several materials can be used for gua sha instruments including bone, metal, stone, or antler. This therapy can also be used in conjunction with myofascial release.

Hyperlordosis - the normal neck and lower back have a lordotic (concave) curve. If there is too much curvature, we refer to this as hyperlordosis.

Hyperkyphosis - the normal midback, or thoracic region, has a kyphotic (convex) curve. When you have too much convexity in this curve we refer to it as hyperkyphotic.

Ibuprofen - a Non-steroid Anti-Inflammatory Drug

Manipulation - a term sometimes used to describe a chiropractic adjustment.

Myofascial Release - this involves the use of mechanical stimulation to help break up the fibrous adhesions that result from abnormal muscle, tendon, and ligament repair. Whenever we are injured, our body attempts to come in and clean up the mess. Muscles are no different. Sometimes the scar tissue or collagen cross linkages that our body lays down are not in optimal formation. If we have a cobweb of this collagen, it can lead to irritation, inflammation, and pain. Myofascial release helps break up these adhesions and encourages them to align themselves in a more functional pattern. This therapy also encourages better blood flow and the removal of inflammatory chemicals from your muscle tissue.

Orthotics - many people suffer from back pain is the result of problems in their feet. Our shoes in America are made with fashion in mind, and not the biomechanics of our foot. Extended use of rigid shoes, high heels, or narrowed toe boxes, can lead to a lot of problems. The small muscles in the foot and the lower leg get overused or shut down and atrophy. To help restore the proper function in your feet, it may be necessary to utilize orthotics. These are inserts for your shoes that give support to specific structures and your feet. Each orthotic is custom tailored for your foot.

TMJ Syndrome (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) - pain or clicking in the jaw. This is usually the result of cartilage, ligament, or muscle dysfunction, a proper examination must be done to determine what structure is responsible for the patient's symptoms. Since humans eat and talk all day long, this joint is constantly being used. Therefore, it is common for patients to experience pain or dysfunction in this area of their body.

Traction Therapy - this therapy involves the long-axis traction of specific vertebrae in your spine. Much like flexion-distraction, this is used to help the discs stay hydrated and to stretch the surrounding structures. This is also an effective treatment for bulging or herniated discs.

Ultrasound - there are several different types of ultrasound. The technology is similar in that we are using sound waves, that the intention is quite different. The two main types of ultrasound are diagnostic and therapeutic. In our office we use therapeutic ultrasound, so we are not trying to visualize any structures. The sound waves can be used as a form of mechanical irritation to warm up your muscles and to break up fibrotic adhesions.

Workers' Compensation - the program established to ensure people in the workforce are able to get the health care they need for injuries incurred while on the job. This is typically paid for by the employer. One of these best ways to minimize workers compensation costs is to practice preventative healthcare, promote healthy activities of employees, establish safety protocols, and develop favorable ergonomic work stations.