Common Chiropractic Terms & Simple Explanations For Them

Some chiropractic terms are incredibly complex to both spell and pronounce. This short guide will take you through some of the most commonly used terms and give simple explanations for them.

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Common Terms & Simple Explanations

C.A. is simply an abbreviation for “chiropractic assistant”

Cavitation is the word used to describe pops that occur in the spinal region

Chronic back pain describes an episode of back pain lasting longer than three months

D.C. is simply an abbreviation for “doctor of chiropractic”.

D.C.M. is simply an abbreviation for “doctor of chiropractic medicine”.

Dis-ease refers to a state of the body that is not functioning at 100% capacity. If left untreated for long, a state of dis-ease will lead to disease.

Dynamic thrust is a word used to describe an adjustment that is delivered suddenly and forcefully.

Full-spine technique is a term used for the method of manipulating or adjusting any area from the neck down.

Innate Intelligence is a term used to describe the belief chiropractors have that the body has an inborn ability to heal itself, which is enhanced by spinal adjustments.

Kale method describes a variety of adjustments to the upper cervical, or a shallow, sudden thrust applied to the side of the neck.

Leg-length testing is a method used to detect subluxations.

Listing is the abbreviated description of the movement or position of a subluxated vertebra (see below).

“Mixer” is a term used to describe a chiropractor who uses physical therapy and other natural methods in addition to manual adjustments.

Subluxation is the term used to describe when one or more of the vertebra in your spine is out of alignment, causing interference in the nerve system and, therefore, degrading health.

PI is an abbreviation for “personal injury”, as in the context of “PI practice” or “PI seminars” that service people suffering from occupational or auto injuries.

Pinched nerve is an over-used term that laymen often use to describe a “knot” in their back. A pinched nerve is very rare and would involve a bone sitting on top of a nerve. It would cause a great deal of pain, so much so you might be paralyzed in injury if you were actually experiencing a pinched nerve.

Thermography is a common method used by chiropractors when they are trying to locate pinched nerves. It uses body heat imaging.

T.B.M. stands for “total body manipulation” which is a method involving locating stressed body areas for adjustment.

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Other Common Terminology

Chiropractors use many different terms to describe different regions of the body, different adjustments, different chiropractic methods, and other facets of the industry. Remembering them all is nearly impossible unless you’re an educated chiropractor yourself.

The list above covers the most common terms you’ll see in the world of chiropractic work and is a great head start if you’re trying to learn more about the lingo.