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— The triangular bone at the base of the spine.

— A pain that radiates from the back into the buttocks and into the leg caused by the irritation of the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body.

— A sideways curve of the spine as viewed from the back.

Slipped Disc
— An incorrect name given to a condition in which a disc becomes wedge-shaped and bulges. In extreme cases this pressure will cause a disc to rupture.

— SOT stands for Sacro Occipital Technique, a method of normalizing the relationship between the foundation of the spine and the top of the spine by specifically positioning the body to use its weight to correct itself.

— A contraction of muscle tissue.

Spinous Process
— A posterior protruding part of a spinal bone that can be seen or felt when examining the spine.

— A projecting body, as from a bone.

— A misalignment and malfunction of the spine that is less than a dislocation and that interferes with the nervous system, associated organs, muscles and soft tissues of the body.

— Upper or higher in position.

— Lying horizontally on the back with the face upward.


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— A specific procedure, method or manoeuvre used to correct spinal problems.

— Methods used to assist in the relief of pain, rehabilitation and restoration of normal body functions.

— Pertaining to the part of the spinal column from the base of the neck to about six inches above the waistline.

— The act of drawing or exerting a pulling force, as along the long axis of a structure.

Transverse Process
— Lateral protrusions (wings) of bone from the vertebrae to which powerful muscles attach.

Trigger Point
— An involuntarily tight band of muscle that is painful when pressed and can cause referred pain in other parts of the body.


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Wellness Care
— Health care that is not prompted by sickness or injury but by an attempt to achieve or promote an optimum state of physical, mental and social well-being.

— An injury to the cervical spine caused by an abrupt jerking motion of the head, either backward or forward.

Work Hardening
— Physical conditioning, work simulation and education to build strength and endurance and help an injured employee return to work.

Worker’s Compensation
— A type of insurance that covers employee illnesses, injuries and disabilities occurring in the course of their employment.


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— Electromagnetic radiation that can penetrate many objects and reveal their internal structure by recording the shadow cast on photographic plates.

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