Chiropractic Terminology

Please read this section as it has a variety of terms used throughout the website. Feel free to refer back to this page to bring clarity and help you understand how Chiropractic uses the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Chiropractic – Chiropractic is that philosophy, science and art which utilizes the inherent recuperative powers of the body, and deals with the relationship between the spinal column and nervous system, and the role of that relationship in the restoration and maintenance of health.

Disease – the body’s inability to adapt to the external or internal environment.

Function – The natural or proper action for which a person, office, mechanism or organ is fitted or employed.

Homeostasis – Homeostasis is a condition in which the body’s internal environment remains within certain physiological limits (homeo = same; stasis = stable balanceD). For the body’s cells to survive, the composition of the surrounding fluids must be precisely maintained at all times. An organism is said to be precisely maintained at all times. An organism is said to be in homeostasis when its internal environment (1) contains the optimum concentrations of gases, nutrients, ions, and water; (2) has an optimal temperature; (3) has an optimal pressure for the health of cells. When homeostasis is disturbed, ill health may result. If the body fluids are not eventually brought back into homeostasis, death may occur.

Iatrogenic – disease caused by a doctor.

Indexes – Anything that serves to guide, point out, or otherwise facilitate reference as.

Categories – a specifically defined division in a system of classification; a class.

Interference – the act, process or an instance of interfering.

Merely – Being nothing more or less than.

Nosocomial – disease you catch in the hospital.

Optimum – The condition or degree of producing the best result. Producing the best result.

Patient Vs Practice Member – A patient by definition is a person who is suffering or ailing from a diseased process. A practice member is a person who seeks Chiropractic care to have the stress and interference removed so that they can exhibit optimal Health and wellness. The Practice member may or may not have symptoms but does not view their symptoms as a motivation to go to the Chiropractor. Even with no symptoms the practice member comes to the office on a regular schedule so that malfunction does not occur in their body.

Potential – Possible but not actual. Having capability for excellence, but not yet existing; latent. A possible development; potentially.

Prevalent – widely or commonly occurring or existing; generally accepted or practiced.

Social – of or pertaining to society or of its organization. Friendly; sociable; also, promoting friendly intercourse. Of or pertaining to public welfare.

Spinal Column – the bony frame work that protects the nerve system.

Spizzerinctum – Chiropractic enthusiasm.

Subluxation – The roots for the term subluxation come from the Greek sub “less than” and lux meaning a “dislocation.” A Subluxation is the condition of a vertebra which has lost its proper juxtaposition with the one above, below, or both, to the extent less than a luxation, which impinges nerves and interferes with the transmission of mental impulses.

Receptive – capable or qualified of receiving.

Resistance – capacity to repel or oppose something, especially disease and sickness.

Trauma – a wound, especially one produced by sudden physical injury.

Vis Medicatrix Naturale – healing power comes from within.

Vivification – vivify: to give or bring more life to; animate. Vivification is the “miraculous” effect of the Chiropractic adjustment. When nerve interference is removed, and the tissue cell is reconnected up with its source the brain cell, more life is expressed in the body. It has been asked, “ Can Chiropractic help bad backs?” Chiropractic is much bigger than that.

Well-Being – A condition of health, happiness, or prosperity; welfare.

Wholeness – Containing all the parts necessary to make up the total; entire. All the parts making up a thing; totality. An organization of parts making a unity.