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Glossary of Terms

ACL Tear: A tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the four major ligaments in the knee that is commonly associated with sudden stops, jumping, or changes of direction.

Achilles Tendonitis: Tendinitis of the Achilles tendon which connects the back of the leg to the heal that is typically caused by overuse of the affected limb resulting from activities like running and recreational sports.

Ankle Sprain: A slight tearing of ankle ligaments that typically occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns in an awkward or unnatural way.

Full Diagnostic Exam: Physical evaluation performed by a Certified Synergy Release Physician designed to find the root cause of a patient’s pain or discomfort in order to develop the most beneficial treatment plan for them.

Groin Pull: A tear or rupture to any of the adductor (inner thigh) muscles around the hip that typically results from sprinting, quick changes of direction, or rapid movements of the leg against resistance.

Hamstring Strain: A painful pulling of the hamstring (back thigh) muscle closely linked to activities that require sprinting, as well as incorrect stretching or pulling too quickly or awkwardly.

Herniated Disc: A tear or weakness in the outer layer of one of the spinal discs (which serve as shock absorbers between the vertebrae) that allows the fluidic inner layer to leak into the spinal canal. This places pressure on the local nerves causing pain, discomfort and other complications.

Hip Bursitis: An inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs (known as hip bursa) that aid in lubricating the movement of structures around the hip joints.

Hyperbaric Therapy: A medical treatment that utilizes oxygen in a moderately pressurized chamber to enhance the body’s healing process.

Ligament: a short band of tough, flexible, fibrous connective tissue that connects bones to cartilage or that holds together bones at a joint.

Microcurrent: A form of physical therapy that uses light electrical current to treat injured tissue by supporting the natural current flow in the tissue, decreasing electrical resistance, and allowing cells improve their ability to absorb nutrients.

Muscle: a bundle of fibrous tissue that has the ability to contract, producing movement in or maintaining the position of parts of the body.

Myofascial Release: A type of therapy that aims to loosen up the connective tissue around the muscles, allowing for better circulation and mobility as well as less pain.

Plantar Fasciitis: A painful inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot typically caused by running or genetic characteristics like being flat-footed.

Shin Splints: An inflammation of the muscles, tendons, and bone tissue around the tibia (shinbone) that can develop after physical activity.

Synergy Release Therapy: Our signature therapy technique that uses a multi-step approach that includes evaluation and treatment to advance healing and maximize performance by identifying the root causes of the pain and correcting it.

Tendon: a flexible but inelastic cord of strong fibrous collagen tissue that attaches a muscle to a bone.

Tennis Elbow: A condition that results from any repetitive motions of the wrist and arm that cause the tendons in the elbow to become over used.

Trigger Point Therapy: Therapeutic technique that use the patient’s medical history and specialized diagnostic techniques to determine and relieve the myofascial trigger points that commonly cause chronic pain.

Vertebrae: The small bones that together form the backbone. Each has several projections for articulation and muscle attachment, and a hole through which the spinal cord passes.