Glossary

Bio-identical Hormones

Hormones that may be taken by the mouth or through the skin that are chemically identical to those that are made by the human body.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A condition of pain and weakness in the hand and forearm caused by repetitive compression of a nerve that passes through the wrist into the hand

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

An illness without a known cause that is characterized by long-term exhaustion, muscle weakness, depression, and sleep disturbance. It is often associated with Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. It is often precipitated by physical, viral or psychosocial injury or stress.

EEG Biofeedback

EEG Biofeedback, also known as Neurotherapy and Brain Wave Therapy, is a non-invasive, sophisticated, computerized process for training in the self-regulation and normalization of brain waves after injury. It involves the use of monitoring devices that display information about the operation of a bodily function, for example, heart rate or blood pressure, that is not normally consciously controlled.

Fibromyalgia

A disorder causing aching muscles, sleep disorders, and fatigue, associated with abnormal levels of the brain chemicals that transmit nerve signals (neurotransmitters) It is characterized by symptoms in several body systems:

SYSTEM SYMPTOM
Musculoskeletal Wide spread body pain
Nervous Sensation and skin temperature changes
Gastrointestinal Irritable bowel
Central nervous system Brain fog
Immune system Repeated illness
Migraine Headaches

A recurrent, throbbing, very painful headache, often affecting one side of the head and sometimes accompanied by vomiting or by distinct warning signs including visual disturbances. It is often precipitated by pain from myofascial trigger points in musculature of the jaw, head, neck shoulders and upper back.

Myofascial Pain

Myofascial pain syndromes cause weakness, restriction of motion, acute (sudden) pain, and chronic (long lasting) pain. They can be felt as numbness, burning, tingling or aching. The pain typically varies with physical activity, changes in weather, quality of sleep and emotional stress.

Myofascial pain comes from myofascial trigger points that form in muscle tissue and fascia (connective tissue). Trigger points often feel like small nodules in the muscle. More active trigger points are tender and generate referral pain patterns when they are pushed on. They cause varying types of pain that include cramping, burning, aching, numbness and tingling.

Less active myofascial trigger points can predispose a person to acute pain attacks and cause: muscle weakness and early fatigue (with no sign of muscle wasting), and restriction of motion, with or without pain (i.e. frozen shoulder, tight hamstrings).

Myofascial Release

A form of massage involving the stretching and manipulation of the tough connective tissue (fascia) that surrounds the body.

Myofascial Trigger Points

Knots that form in damaged muscle tissue. Trigger points can be felt as nodules or knots of tightness within a muscle. These trigger points form in muscle tissue as a response to injury. They generate pain patterns that are felt as aching, burning, numbness, tingling, and cramping. This pain pattern may be felt in a muscle or a nearby joint. The trigger point also restricts motion, and may cause weakness and tightness in the soft tissue.

Phantom Limb Pain

Pain that is felt in an amputated limb. It is often caused by myofascial trigger points in muscles that refer pain to the amputated parts.

Photonic Stimulator

An FDA approved device that produces a single wavelength of light (900nm). The Photonic Stimulator helps modulate the sympathetic nervous system, helping the body to normalize skin temperature regulation. Unlike a laser, this light is not focused into a small beam. Instead, it is more like a flashlight, and the energy is applied from a hand held wand. This device has been shown to have similar healing properties to low-level laser therapy that has been used in Europe for the last 20 years.

Reflexology

A form of massage in which pressure is applied to certain parts of the feet and hands in order to promote relaxation and healing elsewhere in the body. A science based on the belief that each part of the body is interconnected through the nervous system to the hands and feet. Stimulating specific reflex points in the feet can bring needed nutrients to poorly functioning areas of the body. This can help restore balance throughout the body.

Repetitive Strain Injury

A painful condition affecting people who overuse muscles as a result of, for example, regularly operating a computer keyboard and mouse or playing the piano. It is usually caused by some combination of inflammation and myofascial trigger points in the painful areas.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ Syndrome)

A painful condition involving the temporomandibular joint and the muscles used for chewing, sometimes causing clicking sounds and restricted jaw movement. It is a common and sometimes overlooked cause of chronic headaches.

Thought Field Therapy (TFT)

An innovative and remarkable therapy employed as part of psychotherapy for psychological problems developed out of extensive knowledge of the body’s energy system. TFT was developed about 20 years ago by Dr. Roger J. Callahan, Ph.D. Dr. Callahan discovered that by moving the body’s energy in specific ways, distressing emotions could by eliminated with the chemical and cognitive corollaries of a distressed emotion no longer functioning in the pre-therapy manner.

Trigger Point Injection

The process where a local anesthetic (often Novocain) is injected into muscle trigger points to help them release. This release allows the injured muscles to stretch toward their normal length. Once the trigger points are unlocked and pain is stabilized, physical conditioning and strengthening become possible.

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