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Dr. Vanessa Vajdos DC

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New Braunfels, TX  78132

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Glossary of Chiropractic Terms

"I love to see my patient leave here happy...I've been a Chiropractor now for twenty-five years and have never grown tired of it. Each patient has specific needs and each patient is special to me.

My favorite part of what I do for a living is

making people happy and

healing people naturally."


​     ~ Dr. Vanessa Vajdos, DC

  • Activator adjusting instrument.  A handheld instrument used by chiropractors who assert that slightly misaligned vertebrae can be tapped back into place with a mallet.
  • Acute back pain.  Back pain that lasts a short while, usually a few days to several weeks. Episodes lasting longer than three months are not considered acute.
  • Applied kinesiology.  An unscientific method of testing muscle strength to detect the presence of disease, vitamin deficiency, and other problems.
  • Atlas subluxation complex (ASC).  An alleged entity that some chiropractors feel is the most common and the most serious vertebral misalignment. Chiropractors who practice specific "upper cervical techniques" focus on the ASC.
  • Atlas . Topmost vertebra of the neck.
  • Atlas orthogonal technique (A.O.T.).  One of many methods of correcting cervical "subluxations" claimed to be responsible for problems anywhere in the body.
  • Barge analysis.  A contemporary technique, developed by a straight chiropractor, used to locate alleged shifting of a disk nucleus said to cause tortipelvis/torticollis, spinal distortions, or curvatures. Rotation of a spinous process toward the wide side of a disk space on the concave side of a spinal curve (the opposite of what is normally seen) is thought to indicate that the disk is improperly centered.
  • "Big Idea".   The chiropractic concept that the body heals itself when interference to the proper functioning of the nervous system is removed.
  • Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.).    A nonsensical method that involves measuring leg length to determine whether "imbalances" exist in the body's electromagnetic field. The chiropractor allegedly corrects these imbalances by placing his hands on certain "contact points" to transfer electromagnetic energy to the patient.
  • Bio-kinetics.  A new technique in which a special adjustment with an instrument is made between the atlas and the skull to relieve dozens of ailments ranging from asthma to psoriasis. This cure-all spinal adjustment corrects subluxations and "reconstructs the spine."
  • Blair upper cervical technique. Another technique that concentrates upon correction of vertebral misalignments at the top of the neck as a method of removing nerve interference in the spine. A "Blair head clamp" is used to position the head for cervical x-ray examination.
  • C.A. Abbreviation for "chiropractic assistant."
  • Carver technique. Method developed by Willard Carver, an early Palmer student who formulated his own theories about subluxations and nerve interference and opened the Carver Chiropractic college in 1908. Carver developed a technique in which traction and pressure is applied to the spine just before making a manual thrust, which he called the "Tracto-Thrust" system.
  • Cavitation. Pop that occurs in a spinal joint when vertebral surfaces (facets) are separated to create a vacuum that pulls in nitrogen gas.
  • Cervical vertebrae. There are seven vertebrae in the cervical or neck area of the spine.
  • Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP). Method of chiropractic analysis and treatment in which spinal corrections are based on theoretical calculations related to posture and spinal curvature. CBP is based on theoretical calculations related to posture and spinal curvature. This technique advocates adjustments, traction, and exercises intended to develop "normal" neck and low-back curvature. However, many people without symptoms have curves that deviate from CBP's "ideal spine," and proponent's research has not demonstrated that patients felt or functioned better as a result of anything unique to CBP treatment.
  • Chronic back pain. Back pain episode that lasts more than three months.
  • Concept therapy. Method of using a positive state of mind to help "innate intelligence" heal the body, thus making any chiropractic technique more effective. Its founder taught that once you know the "great secret" taught in Concept Therapy, you can make any technique work.
  • Contact Reflex Analysis (CRA). A nonsensical testing procedure in which diagnoses are made by testing muscle strength while placing manual pressure on alleged "reflex points." The results are then used to prescribe vitamin supplements and/or homeopathic products.
  • Contour analysis. Useless procedure in which an angled light is passed through a grid to the surface of the patient's body to produce a pattern of shadows that is viewed on a screen and/or photographed. The resultant picture resembles a topographic map. Also called moire contourographic analysis.
  • Cox flexion-distraction technique. Method of applying manually controlled distraction or stretching to specific spinal segments with the assistance of a movable table. Not a manipulation technique.