Health Glossary

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the stimulation of very specific points (acupoints) on the body to bring the physical body and emotions into a more perfect balance within one’s self and with the environment. The hair-thin needles used in acupuncture are one way the acupoints can be stimulated.

Applied Kinesiology

Applied Kinesiology is based on the premise that muscles are related to specific organs in the body. Muscle testing is a non-invasive, functional neurological evaluation. The use of A.K. originated within the chiropractic profession and is a common approach to clinical practice.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy may be applied to the skin in a variety of massage techniques or also inhaled. In either case the therapy is based on the use of oils that have been naturally extracted from herbs and flowers verified by scientific research for their efficacy in disease prevention as well as therapy for acute and chronic illness and disease.

Chiropractic Therapy

Performed by Doctors of Chiropractic, the practice offers a broad spectrum of therapies from sedation-aided manipulation to subtle adjustments; and from lifestyle counseling to pain and allergy management. Chiropractors emphasize prevention and provide drugless care for achieving and maintaining neurological and structural health.

Craniosacral Therapy

A gentle, noninvasive, hands-on technique that is based on observing, evaluating and restoring balance in the rhythmic flow of spinal fluid through the skull and spine. It is often used to enhance the body’s natural healing abilities.

Deep Tissue Massage

A massage technique following the basic pattern of Swedish massage but focusing on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. The practitioner works to release tension in the body through slow, deliberate strokes and deep pressure on areas where the muscles are tight.

Feng Shui

Feng Shui is the Eastern art of living in harmony with your environment for health and well-being. Practice of this ancient tradition involves attention to guidelines for creating the optimum healthy living environment. It involves proper location, placement and design of homes, offices, furniture, windows, doors, decorations and artifacts.

Holistic Medicine

The words holistic and health are redundant, both coming from the Anglo-Saxon root word for wholeness. When used in the area of medicine, the word holistic defines an approach to the whole person including physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental components.

Homeopathy

Widely practiced throughout Europe, homeopathy is a therapy that uses miniscule doses of specially prepared natural substances to stimulate the body’s healing processes. It is based on the principle that “like cures like” and that treatment must be based on the whole picture of physical/mental/spiritual condition of the patient.

Iridology

The study of the colored part of the eye (called the iris) to determine potential health problems. Iridologists believe that changing patterns and markings in the iris can be used to reveal emerging conditions in every part of the body and to identify inherited weaknesses that may lead to physical and emotional disorders.

Nutritional Counseling

Counseling on eating habits and food choices and discussion of supplements that will support healing and create healthy lifestyles.

Physical Therapy

Relief and management of orthopedic, accident, and sports related injuries through the use of physical healing agents such as ice, heat, electric stimulation, as well as exercise and massage therapies. Therapists work individually with patients to achieve optimum results in recovery of function to injured areas.

Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese word for “universal life force.” It is an ancient form of healing that works with the flow of energy from outside the patient’s body into the areas where it is needed for healing, restoration, relaxation and rejuvenation.

Subluxation

Partial displacement or dislocation of a joint or an organ.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is by far the most well known technique in modern massage therapy. Therapists use a pattern of specific strokes and manipulations to achieve focused therapeutic benefits. The goal of regular Swedish massage is to improve circulation without exertion, properly flushing toxins from the blood stream. Through stimulation of the skin, it also soothes the nerves and reduces stress.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

A complete medical system based on the idea that “qi” or life energy, flows in and around the body through pathways called meridians. The practice combines the use of herbs, massage, diet, and acupuncture to correct qi/energy imbalances in the body. Acupoints along the meridians may also be stimulated with acupressure, moxibustion, heat lamps, cupping, and magnet therapies.

Yoga

Yoga instructors, using several methods, teach meditation, control of breathing, and body movement to improve one’s flexibility, strength and balance. The practice of yoga has been proven to have far reaching benefits to the mental, physical and spiritual life of its regular practitioners.