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Acupressure
Acupressure is a science that deals with the human body and the flow of natural energy within the body. It is a complete system of healing that provides effective treatment for numerous conditions. It involves application of pressure to acupuncture points, usually using the fingers and hands.

Ayurvedic Medicine
Practiced in India for the past 5,000 years, Ayurvedic (meaning "science of life") medicine is a comprehensive system of medicine that combines natural therapies with a highly personalized approach to health. Ayurvedic medicine places equal emphasis on body, mind, and spirit, and strives to restore the innate harmony of the individual.

Bodywork
The term bodywork refers to hands-on therapies such as massage, deep tissue manipulation, movement awareness, and energy balancing, which are employed to improve the structure and functioning of the human body. Bodywork in all its forms helps to reduce pain, sooth injured muscles, stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation and promote deep relaxation.

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a painful, debilitating condition. It involves the median nerve and the flexor tendons that bend the wrist and fingers to grip. They extend from the forearm into the hand through a "tunnel" made up of the wrist bones, or carpals and the transverse carpal ligament. As you move your hand and fingers, the flexor tendons rub against the sides of the tunnel. This rubbing can cause irritation of the tendons, causing them to swell.

Cervical
A term that means of or related to the cervix, cervical is the area of the spine pertaining to the neck.

Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach to balancing the craniosacral system, which is the environment in which the brain and spinal cord function. This type of manipulation encourages the body's natural healing mechanisms to bolster the central nervous system, dissolve stress, enhance health, and strengthen resistance to disease.

Cranial
A term that means of or related to the cranium, cranial is the area of the skull that encloses the brain.

Cumulative Trauma Disorders
Cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) are injuries of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems that may be caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression (pressing against hard surfaces) or sustained or awkward positions. Cumulative trauma disorders are also called repetitive motion disorders (RMDs), overuse syndromes, repetitive motion injuries or repetitive strain injuries.

Ergonomics
Ergonomics is a multi-disciplinary science which emphasizes the importance of designing workstations (such as office furniture or industrial work areas and equipment) to fit individual workers. The objective is to remove as many ergonomic hazards as possible in an effort to reduce cumulative trauma disorders.

Fascia
Fascia is a sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue enveloping, separating or binding together muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body even to the cellular level. The whole network of fascia in the body is referred to as the fascial system.

Feldenkrais Method®
The Feldenkrais Method® is truly a body-centered learning process that employs gentle touch, guided movement and tools for enhancing awareness that reconnect you with your natural ability to move freely and comfortably.

Hand Therapy
Hand therapy is a specialization for the treatment and rehabilitation of upper-body surgeries, injuries or disorders. The goal is typically to treat and resolve traumatic and soft-tissue injuries such as repetitive motion syndromes.

Interactive Guided Imagery
Using the power of the mind to evoke a positive physical response, interactive guided imagery can reduce stress, stimulate the immune system, and reduce pain. Interactive guided imagery is an excellent way to prepare for surgery, improve sleep, increase immune function and assist in resolving acute or chronic pain.

Lumbar
The area of the spine below the ribs and above the pelvis is the lumbar.

Manual Therapy
Manual therapy uses hands-on techniques to improve range of motion in restricted joints. It is also used to stimulate the function of muscles, nerves, joints, and ligaments. It may be used for a wide range of problems, including low back pain; neck pain and injuries; hip, knee, ankle and foot problems; post-surgical conditions; hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder problems; and injuries caused by accidents.

Massage
Massage is the systematic stroking and kneading of the body for therapeutic benefit of relaxation and increased blood and lymph flow.

Myofascial Therapy
Myofascial therapy is a hands-on form of treatment that releases restrictions in the body's fascial system. Used to eliminate pain and restore mobility, myofascial therapy also includes education in proper body mechanics and movement, and enhancement of posture, flexibility and strength. The focus of this therapy is on resolving the cause of the injury or trauma, not just the symptoms.

Meditation
A quieting exercise done with eyes closed and mind focused on the breath or a mantra. Meditation helps the body attain a deep state of rest and help the mind to become quiet. Meditation can be used as part of an overall treatment plan to manage chronic conditions, facilitate healing, reduce stress and provide overall mental and emotional clarity.

Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy uses a combination of exercises and hands-on techniques to create freedom of movement and a pain-free life. An occupational therapist uses purposeful activity in a variety of settings to reduce physical disability.

Physical Therapy
Physical therapy focuses on pain relief, the promotion of healing, restoring function and movement, injury prevention, body mechanics and fitness. Physical therapists are health professionals who evaluate and treat people with a variety of dysfunctions. They establish plans of care and evaluate their effectiveness.

Pilates
Pilates is an exercise regimen that elongates and strengthens the muscles. By correcting posture, Pilates can strengthen your body against future injuries. Developed in the 1920s by physical trainer Joseph H. Pilates, Pilates is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility and strength for the total body.

Primordial Sound Meditation
Primordial sounds are the basic, essential sounds of nature. The primordial sounds used in meditation are mantras. When you use primordial sounds as part of the mantra, they help to take awareness away from the frenzy of daily activity to the stillness of your spirit. The effect soothes your entire physiology—mind, body and soul.

Repetitive Motion Syndrome
Repetitive Motion Syndrome (RMS) is an injury or illness resulting from bodily motion which imposes stress or strain upon some part of the body due to the repetitive nature of a task. One example of RMS is carpal tunnel syndrome.

Sacrum
The sacrum is a triangular shaped bone at the end of the lumbar spine. It rests between the two pelvic bones.

Thoracic
The area of the spine between the top of the shoulders and the end of the ribs is the thoracic region.

Trigger Points
Trigger points are hypersensitive locations in the muscles and connective tissue that cause pain in response to stress. They can develop into tight bands or knots that can cause pain, muscle spasms and limitation of joint movement.

Viscera
Viscera, the plural of viscus, are the soft internal organs of the body, especially those contained within the abdominal and thoracic cavities. The whole system of viscera (the heart, liver, intestines and other internal organs) is referred to as the visceral system.

Visceral Manipulation
Visceral manipulation is a gentle, hands-on therapy that works through your body's tissues to locate and alleviate abnormal points of tension and to increase the mobility of the organs.

Yoga
Yoga is among the oldest known systems of health practiced in the world today. Research into yoga practices has had a strong impact on the fields of stress reduction, mind/body medicine, and energy medicine. The physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation practices of yoga have been proven to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and regulate heart rate.