Glossary of Chiropractic Terms
Abdomen— The front part of the body that lies between the chest and pelvis.
Activator® Methods— A diagnostic approach as well as a handheld instrument that is used to deliver a consistent low-force, high-speed chiropractic adjustment.
Acute— Of short duration and relatively severe.
Adjustment— An intervention with the intent of facilitating the body’s ability to “right” itself and function more normally
Afferent— Carrying impulses towards a centre when sensory nerve impulses are sent toward the brain.
Antalgic Position— An abnormal position of the body resulting from the body's attempt to minimize pain.
Anterior— Toward the front of the body.
Articulation— The connection of bones; a joint.
Assignment— An agreement between doctor and patient to waive payment until a claim is paid by an insurance company, which is then paid directly to the doctor.
Atlas— The uppermost and most freely movable bone of the spine.
Atrophy— A decrease in the size of a normally developed tissue or organ.
Autonomic Nervous System— The part of the nerve system that regulates involuntary action, as of the intestines, heart, and glands, and comprises the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system.