Abdomen— The front part of the body that lies between the chest and pelvis.
Activator® Methods— A diagnostic approach as well as a handheld instrument that is used to deliver a consistent low-force, high-speed chiropractic adjustment.
Acute— Of short duration and relatively severe.
Adjustment— An intervention with the intent of facilitating the body’s ability to “right” itself and function more normally
Afferent— Carrying impulses towards a center when sensory nerve impulses are sent toward the brain.
Antalgic Position— An abnormal position of the body resulting from the body's attempt to minimize pain.
Anterior— Toward the front of the body.
Articulation— The connection of bones; a joint.
Atlas— The uppermost and most freely movable bone of the spine.
Atrophy— A decrease in the size of a normally developed tissue or organ.
Autonomic Nervous System— The part of the nerve system that regulates involuntary action, as of the intestines, heart, and glands, and comprises the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system.
Bilateral— Pertaining to both sides of the body or structure.
Biomechanics-The application of mechanical laws to living structures.
Blocks/blocking— Wedge-shaped devices used by SOT practitioners to raise one or both sides of the pelvis into a healthier pattern for better support of the spine and head.
Brain Stem— The "primitive" and oldest area of the brain.
Bursitis— Inflammation of a bursa (eg. knee and shoulder), which is a fluid-filled sac situated where friction would otherwise develop.
CAT scan— (Computer Aided Tomography) An imaging device that uses narrow X-ray beams and a computer to create a type of three-dimensional X-ray.
Central Nerve System— The brain and spinal cord.
Cerebellum— The "hind" brain.
Cerebral Hemispheres— "The "higher" brain which is the most evolved area of the brain.
Cervical— The vertebrae of the neck, usually seven bones.
Chronic— Persisting for a long period of time.
Coccyx— A series of small bones at the end of the sacrum, commonly called the tailbone.
Compensation Reaction— A new problem that results from the body's attempt to respond to a problem elsewhere in the body (i.e. the spine).
Compressive Lesion— A malfunctioning spinal bone or bones that results in direct pressure on a spinal nerve resulting in decreased nerve transmission.
Congenital— Existing at, or dating from birth.
Co-pay— An amount paid by the insured for losses covered by a policy after the excess amount has been met.
CT Scan— Also known as CAT Scan or Computer Aided Tomography which uses pencil thin X-ray beams and a computer to create a type of three-dimensional X-ray.