Medical Terms and their Meanings

FacilitationA means of helping to achieve a desired movement, often used to help promote normal movement
HypermobilityA connective tissue condition that results in increased range of movement

InflammationClassic signs of inflammation are heat, pain, redness, swelling and loss of function. This is an important and normal part of healing.

LordosisIncrease in the curve of the lower back
Low ToneFloppiness in the muscles
Lower Limbs Legs
Medial Arch The instep of the foot
MidlineThe centre of your body (a line drawn straight down though your nose and tummy button).
MobilisationSpecific movements, often influencing the small joints of the spine, in order to free up stiff or malaligned joints that cause pain
Muscle Tone How floppy or stiff your muscles are
Osgood SchlattersA common cause of knee pain often affecting young active/sporty teenagers

Passive Movement Someone else moves a part of your body
Posterior Behind
Postural Drainage The use of postitioning to treat chest conditions
Postural Management Keeping an eye on how children grow
Posture The position your body is in
Prone Lying on your tummy
Range of Movement The amount a joint can move
Rotation Turning one part of the body on another
Scolosis When the spine has an 'S' shaped curve and is also twisted
Side flexion Bending to the side
Standing Frame Equipment to help weight bearing at the hips
Supine Lying on your back
Sway Back One kind of poor standing posture
TA's Heel Cord
Trunk The torso - body
Upper Limbs Arms

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