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Activator: A spring-loaded adjusting instrument that utilizes an extremely rapid pulse to help restore normal functioning in the body. Acupressure: The practice of applying; pressure on parts of the body to relieve pain. Acupuncture: The practice of inserting fine...

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Back Extension: Backward bending of the spine. Back Flexion: Forward bending of the spine. Bariatric surgery: Surgery on the stomach and/or intestines to help the patient with extreme obesity lose weight. Bariatric surgery is a last-resort weight-loss method used for...

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Calorie: A unit of energy in food. Carbohydrates have 4 calories per gram. Proteins have 4 calories per gram. Fat has 9 calories per gram. Carbohydrate: A major source of energy in the diet. There are two kinds of carbohydrates: simple carbohydrates and complex...

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Degenerative Arthritis: The wearing away of cartilage that protects and cushions joints including those in the spine, hands and feet (see Osteoarthritis). Degenerative Disc Disease: A general term applied to degeneration of the lumbar spinal discs which serve as...

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Electrical nerve stimulation: A type of physical therapy treatment that utilizes various frequencies and wave forms of electrical current, which have therapeutic effects on the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Electromyography (EMG): Procedure that tests nerves...


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