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Ice Massage: A form of therapy involving the application of ice to treat many
kinds of injuries, including those associated with back or neck pain. Ice causes
the veins in the affected tissue area to constrict. This reduces the flow of
blood while acting as kind of anesthetic to numb the pain. But when the ice is
removed, the veins compensate by opening large, allowing a large volume of blood
to rush to the affected area. The blood brings with it important chemicals that
aid in the healing process.
Instrument Adjustment: A form of chiropractic adjustment using a spring-loaded
device called an Activator.
Interferential Current (IFC): A form of transcutaneous electrical nerve
stimulation (TENS) therapy in which high-frequency electrical impulses are
introduced deep into the tissues near the center of the pain.
Ideal body weight: The weight that your body would be if you had a 20% body fat.
Calculated by multiplying your current lean body mass by 1.2.
Imagery: A method of pain relief that uses mental images produced by
memory or imagination.
Insulin: A hormone in the body that helps move glucose from the blood to muscles
and other tissues. Insulin controls blood sugar levels.
Inflammation: A pathologic process associated with redness, heat,
swelling, pain, and loss of function. This process destroys tissues but is also
associated with the repair and healing of body structures.
Irritable bowel syndrome: is characterized by a combination of abdominal pain
and altered bowel function.
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