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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Magnetic radio frequency energy used to
see internal structures of the body, including bone, discs, and nerves without
the use of x-rays. Overall, the most useful technique in the investigation
of spinal abnormalities.
Manipulation: Manual movement of the spinal bones or joints to restore
Massage Therapy: A general term to describe various bodywork techniques.
Maximum heart rate: A personís maximum heart rate is based on their age.
An estimate of a person's maximum age-related heart rate can be obtained by
subtracting the personís age from 220. For example, for a 50-year-old
person, the estimated maximum heart rate would be calculated as: 220 - 50 = 170
beats per minute. The maximum heart rate is important for measuring
whether exercise is classified as moderate-intensity (50% - 70% of maximum) or
vigorous-intensity (70% - 85% of maximum).
Meditation: A general term for numerous practices where one focuses
awareness on one thing such as breath or a short phrase in order to quiet the
Metabolism: All of the processes that occur in the body that turn the food
you eat into energy your body can use.
Moderate-intensity physical activity: To be classified as moderate-intensity,
physical activity generally requires sustained, rhythmic movements of an intense
enough level to elevate heart rate to 50% - 70% of maximum heart rate. A
person should feel some exertion but should be able to carry on a conversation
comfortably during the activity.
Monounsaturated fat: Fats that are in foods are combinations of
monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated fatty acids. Monounsaturated
fat is found in canola oil, olives and olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados.
Eating food that has more monounsaturated fat instead of saturated fat may
help lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease risk. However, it has the
same number of calories as other types of fat, and may still contribute to
weight gain if eaten in excess.
Muscle Tension: A state where the muscles are in a general state of
Muscle Spasm: A sudden violent involuntary contraction of a muscle or a
group of muscles. A muscle spasm is attended by pain and interference with
function, producing involuntary movement and distortion.
Muscles: Soft tissues that provide strength and assist with motor ability, or
movement. Spinal muscles support your spine as it bends and flexes.
Myofascial Pain: Referred pain caused by trigger points, or hard nodules
in muscle tissue.
Myofascial Release: Releasing the fascia (the sheath around a muscle) by
gentle movements, it may not feel to gentle though. ;^)
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