Glossary

 

Acupuncture:

A treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. Fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.

 

Electrotherapy:

An umbrella term for treatment modalities that include therapeutic ultrasound, interferential therapy and TENS among others. 

 

Manual therapy:

A collection of applications that include massage, myofascial release, joint mobilisations and manipulations and stretching techniques.

 

Marathon des Sables:

A six stage, 250km ultra marathon through the Moroccan Sahara Desert. Competitors must carry all their equipment and provisions for the week of the event.

 

Myofascial Release:

"Myo" refers to muscle and "fascial" to the connective tissue made of collagen and elastin that acts as an internal scaffold throughout the body. Specialist release techniques can treat and rehabilitate injury and tension in the muscles and connective tissue the surrounds them.

 

TENS:

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation - a method of electrical stimulation to relieve pain.

 

Trigger point

Areas of soft tissue (muscle and connective tissue) that are hypersensitive upon being touched, that generate a local twitch response on stimulation, and create a predictable pattern of referred pain upon compression.

 

Ultrasound:

The application of variable frequency and intensity sound waves to promote a healing response.