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Kinesiology: The study of muscles and their relation to movement and pain relief. Kyphosis: Normal curve of the thoracic spine. Also describes an excess curvature of the thoracic spine called a “dowager’s hump.” This is a common occurrence in people...

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Laminectomy: A surgical procedure that removes a portion of the plate that serves as the back of the spinal canal. This decompression procedure is performed for treatment of herniated intervertebral discs and spinal stenosis. Leptin: A hormone produced by the small...

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Magnetic radio frequency energy used to see internal structures of the body, including bone, discs, and nerves without the use of x-rays. Overall, the most useful technique in the investigation of spinal abnormalities. Manipulation:...

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Narcotic: Pain relieving drug related in action and structure to the opiates. A powerful pain-relieving drug associated with potential to cause significant alteration of mood and dependence following repeated administration. Nerve: The body’s communication...

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Obesity: Having an excessive amount of body fat. A person is considered obese if he or she has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or greater. Oleylethanolamine (OEA): A fatty acid found in some foods that sends a strong signal to the brain to stop eating. A powerful...

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