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Massage Therapy Terminology & Glossary



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T-TEM
T cells
Lymphocytes that mediate cellular immunity; include helper, killer, suppressor, and memory cells. Also see T lymphocytes.
Tabun (GA)
A nerve agent that is one of the G agents; is 36 times more persistent than sarin and approximately half as lethal; has a fruity smell and is unique because the components used to manufacture the agent are easy to aquire and the agent is easy to manufacture.
Tachy-
Fast  
Tachycardia
Condition in which the heart contracts at a rapid rate greater than 100 beats per minute; an abnormal, excessively rapid heart rate.
Tachypnea
Increased respiratory rate.
Tactical situation
A hostage, robbery, or other situation in which armed conflict is threatened or shots have been fired and the threat of violence remains.
Tactile
Pertaining to touch.
Tal/o
Talus  
Tao
An ancient philosophic concept that represents the whole and its parts as one and the same.
Tars/o
Tarsus; Hindfoot or Ankle  
Tarsal
One of the seven bones that from the ankle and heel.
Taste buds
Receptors for taste on the tongue, roof of mouth, pharynx, and larynx.
Tauto-
Identical; Same  
Tax/o
Order; Coordination  
Techn/o
Skill; Art  
Technical rescue group
A team of individuals from one or more departments in a region who are trained and on call for certain types of technical rescue.
Technical rescue situation
A rescue that requires special technical skills and equipment in one of many specialized rescue areas, such as technical rope rescue, cave rescue, and dive rescue.
Tel/o
Complete  
Tele/o
Distant  
Telemetry
A process in which electronic signals are converted into coded, audible signals; these signals can then be transmitted by radio or telephone to a receiver with a decoder at the hospital.
Temp/o, Tempor/o
Period of Time; The Temples  
Temporal regions
The lateral portions on each side of the cranium.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
The joint formed where the mandible and cranium meet, just in front of the ear.
TEN-TG
Ten
Deca-  
Ten/o
Tendon  
Tendin/o
Tendon  
Tendon
A fibrous tissue connecting skeletal muscle to bone; cord of dense fibrous connective tissue attaching a muscle to a bone.
Tendonitis
Inflammation of a tendon.
Tenosynovitis
Inflammation of a tendon sheath.
Tens/o
Stretched; Strained  
-Tension
Pressure  
Tension pneumothorax
A life-threatening collection of air within the pleural space; the volume and pressure have both collasped the involved lung and caused a shift of the mediastinal structures to the opposite side.
Tephr/o
Gray or Ashen  
Terat/o
Monster; Malformed Fetus  
Terminal drop hypothesis
The theory that a person's mental function declines in the last 5 years of life.
termination of command
The end of the incident command structure when an incident draws to a close.
Tertiary blast injury
An injury from whole body displacement and subsequent traumatic impact with environmental objects.
Test/o
Testis  
Testicle
A male genital gland that contains specialized cells that produce hormones and sperm.
Testis
The male primary sex organ that produces sperm.
Testosterone
Male sex hormone produced by the testes; during puberty promotes virilization and is necessary for normal sperm production.
Tetan/o
Tetanus  
Tetanus
The tense, contracted state of a muscle; an infectious disease.
Tetra-
Four  
TH
Thalam/o
Thalamus  
Thalamus
A mass of gray matter in the diencephalon of the brain.
Thalass/o
Sea  
Thanat/o
Death  
The/o
Put; Place  
Thec/o
Sheath  
Thel/o
Nipple  
Therapeut/o
Treatment  
Therapeutic communication
Verbal and nonverbal communication techniques that encourage patients to express their feelings and to achieve a positive relationship.
Therapeutic constellation
This term is used when working with minors. It refers to the caretakers involved in making decisions for a minor. These may be one or both biological parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, social workers, or healthcare providers.  
-Therapy
Treatment  
Therm/o
Heat  
Thermal burns
Burns caused by heat.
Thermal receptors
Sensory receptors that detect changes in temperature.
Thermoreceptor
A receptor sensitive to temperature changes.
Thigh
The portion of the lower extremity between the coxal and knee joints.
Thorac/o
Chest  
Thoracic cage
The chest or rib cage.
Thoracic cavity
The chest cavity that contains the heart, lungs, esophagus, and great vessels.
Thoracic spine
The 12 vertebrae that lie between the cervical vertebrae and the lumbar vertebrae. One pair of ribs is attached to each of the thoracic vertebrae.
-Thorax
Chest; Pleural Cavity  
Thorax
The region between the neck and abdomen, also known as the chest cavity. The thorax is the upper region of the torso enclosed by the sturnum, ribs, and thoracic vertebrae and contains the lungs, heart, and great vessels; that portion of the body trunk above the diaphragm and below the neck; the chest cavity that contains the heart, lungs, esophagus, and great vessels.
Three
Tri-  
Threshold stimulus
The stimulus at which the first observable muscle contraction occurs; the weakest stimulus capable of producing a response in an irritable tissue.
Thromb/o
Clot  
Thrombin
An enzyme that induces clotting by converting fibrinogen to fibrin.
Thromboembolism
A blood clot that has formed within a blood vessel and is floating within the bloodstream.
Thrombophilia
A tendency toward the development of blood clots as a result of an abnormality of the system of coagulation.
Thrombophlebitis
An inflammation of a vein associated with blood clot formation.
Thrombosis
A blood clot, either in the arterial or venous system.
Thrombus
A fixed clot that develops and persists in an unbroken blood vessel.
Thym/o
Thymus Gland  
-Thymia
Condition of the Mind  
-Thymic
Pertaining to Mind  
Thymus gland
An endocrine gland active in the immune response.
Thyr/o
Thyroid Glan; Sheild  
Thyroid/o
Thyroid Gland  
Thyroid cartilage
A firm prominence of cartilage that forms the upper part of the larynx; the Adam's apple.
Thyroid gland
One of the largest of the body's endocrine glands; straddles the anterior trachea.
TI-TQ
Tiagabine hydrochloride (Rx)
Brand name; Gabitril. Generic name; Tiagabine hydrochloride. Classified as an Anticonvulsant. It prevents partial seizures and is used for treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is believed to affect the neurotransmitters in the brain that slow down communication between nerves. Clients who take Gabitril may experience dizziness, drowsiness, language problems, and abdominal pain. It is best to avoid prone position depending on comfort, help client on/off the table, and speak slowly.
Tibi/o
Tibia  
Tibia
The shin bone, the larger of the two lower leg bones.
-Tic
Pertaining To  
Toc/o
Labor; Birth  
-Tocia
Labor; Birth -Condition Of  
-Tocin
Labor; Birth- A Substance For  
Tidal volume
Amount of air inhaled or exhaled with a normal breath; the amount of air (in milliliters) that is moved in or out of the lungs during one breath.
Tightness
Shortness; denotes a slight to moderate derease in muscle length; movement in the direction of lengthening the muscle is limited.
Tissue
A group of similar cells combined to perform a common function; a group of similar cells specialized to perform a specific function; primary tissue types are epithelial, connective, muscle, and nervous tissues.
Title protection
The lowest levels of regulation. Only those who satisfy certain requirements may use the relevent prescribed title. Practitioners are not required to register or notify the state. Thus, anyone may engage in the particular practice, but only those who satisfy the prescribed requirements may use the specific title.  
T.K.O. rate (To Keep Open)
Rate of infusing the IV solution; it is also referred to as KVO (Keep Vein Open); it is equal to approximately 8 to 15 drops per minute.
Toddlers
Persons who are 1 to 3 years of age.
Tofranil-PM (Rx)
Brand name; Tofranil-PM. Generic name; Imipramine hydrochloride. Classified as a Tricyclic Antidepressant. It relieves depression and is used for treatment of depression and neuropathy. It works by restoring balance to the neurotransmitters in the brain. Clients who take Tofranil-PM may experience cardiac complications, confusion, dry mouth, drowsiness, and constipation. An abdominal massage may help relieve constipation. Offer water, be patient, and help client on/off table if needed.
Tolerance
The need for increasing amounts of a drug to obtain the same effect.
Tom/o
To Cut  
-Tome
Instrument to Cut  
-Tomy
Process of Cutting  
Ton/o
Tension  
Tone/o
To Stretch  
Tone
The state of tension in resting muscles.
Tonic-clonic seizure
A type of seizure that features rhythmic back-and-forth motion of an extremity and body stiffness.
Tonsill/o
Tonsil  
Tonsil tips
Large, semirigid suction tips recommended for suctioning the pharynx; also called Yankauer tips.
Top/o
Place; Position; Location  
Topical medications
Lotions, creams, and ointments that are applied to the surface of the skin and affect only that area; a medication delivery route.
Topographic anatomy
The superficial landmarks of the body that serve as guides to the structures that lie beneath them.
Tors/o
Twisted  
Torso
The trunk without the head and limbs.
Tort
A wrongful act that gives rise to a civil suit.
Touch
The sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin. Touch is a basic human need, as well as a sensory process through which we communicate.  
Tourniquet
Band of cloth or plastic placed around an extremity and twisted or knotted to increase pressure so that blood flow below the band is interrupted or stopped; last resort measure used to control severe bleeding; the bleeding control method used when a wound continues to bleed despite the use of direct pressure and elevation; useful if a patient is bleeding severely from a partial or complete amputation.
Tox/o
Poison  
Toxic/o
Poison  
Toxicity levels
Measures of the risk that a hazardous material poses to the health of an individual who comes into contact with it.
Toxicology
The study of toxic or poisonous substances.
Toxin
A poison or harmful substance produced by bacteria, animals, or plants.
TR-TRH
Trabeculae
An irregular meshing of small, bony plates that makes up spongy bone; its spaces are filled with red marrow.
Trache/o
Trachea  
Trachea
The windpipe; the respiratory tube extending from larynx to bronchi; the main trunk for air passing to and from the lungs.
Tracheostomy
Surgical opening into the trachea.
Tracheostomy tube
Plastic tube placed within the tracheostomy site (stoma).
Traction
Longitudinal force applied to a structure.
Tracts
Collections of nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord with a common function; a collection of nerve fibers in the CNS having the same origin, termination, and function.
Trade name
The brand name that a manufacturer gives a medication; the name is capitalized.
Traditional Thai Bodywork (Nuad Bo ‘Rarn)
This utilizes hand techniques and an unique approach to passive movement and stretching in order to open up the veins or energy passages and release chronic tension from the body.  
Trager approach
Hands-on movement education that uses gentle movements to release physical and emotional tension patterns and facilitates relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity. Created and developed by Dr. Milton Trager.  
Tragus
The small, rounded, fleshy bulge that lies immediately anterior to the ear canal.
Trajectory
The path a projectile takes once it is propelled.
Tramadol hydrochloride (Rx)
Brand name; Ultram. Generic name; Tramadol hydrochloride. Classified as a Synthetic analgesic (painkillers). It relieves moderate to moderately severe pain and is used for treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) or Fibromyalgia. It helps the brain to change how your body responds to pain. Clients who take Ultram may experience sedation, nausea, and constipation. It is best to use deep treatment work with caution. Abdominal massage may relieve constipation. Help client on/off the table when needed.
Trans-
Across; Through  
Transcutaneous (transdermal)
Through the skin; a medication delivery route.
Transference
When a client unconsciously projects (transfers) unresolved feelings, needs, and issues- usually from childhood and usually related to parent or other authority figures- onto a practitioner. A normal psychological phenomenon characterized by unconscious redirection of feelings from client to practitioner.  
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
A stroke-like neurologic deficit that completely resolves within minutes to hours; also called a mini-stroke; a disorder of the brain in which brain cells temporarily stop working because of insufficient oxygen, causing strokelike symptoms that resolve completely within 24 hours of onset.
Transmission
The way in which an infectious disease is spread; contact, airborne, by vehicles, or by vectors.
Transportation area
The area in a mass-casualty incident where ambulances and crews are organized to transport patients from the treatment area to receiving hospitals.
Transportation supervisor
The individual in charge of the transportation sector in a mass-casualty incident who assigns patients from the treatment area awaiting ambulances in the transportation area.
Transverse (axial) plane
A plane that divides the body into superior and inferior (or proximal and distal) portions; plane that divides the body or its parts into superior and inferior portions; an imaginary line where the body is cut into top and bottom parts; also called a cross section.
Trauma
A serious injury or shock to the body, as from violence or an accident. An emotional wound or shock that creates substantial, lasting harm. An injury, wound, or shock; usually produced by external forces.
Trauma emergencies
Emergencies that are the result of physical forces applied to a patient's body.
Trauma score
A score that relates to the likelihood of patient survival with the exception of a severe head injury. It calculates a number from 1 to 16, with 16 being the best possible score. It takes into account the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score, respiratory rate, respiratory expansion, systolic blood pressure, and capillary refill.
Traumat/o
Trauma; Injury; Wound  
Traumatic asphyxia
A pattern of injuries seen after a severe force is applied to the chest, forcing blood from the great vessels back into the head and neck.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A traumatic insult to the brain capable of producing physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and vocational changes.
Treatment area
The location in a mass-casualty incident where patients are brought after triaged and assigned a priority, where they are reassessed, treated, and monitored until transport to the hospital.
Treatment supervisor
The individual, usually a physician, who is in charge of an directs EMS personnel at the treatment area in a mass-casualty incident.
Trem/o, Tremul/o
Shaking; Trembling  
-Tresia
Opening  
TRI-TT
Tri-
Three  
Tri/o
To Sort Out; Sorting  
Triage
The process of sorting patients based on the severity of injury and medical need to establish treatment and transportation priorities.
Triage supervisor
The individual in charge of the incident command triage sector who directs the sorting of patients into triage categories in a mass-casualty incident.
Triceps
The muscle in the back of the upper arm.
Trich/o
Hair  
Trigger
An experience that sets off a traumatic memory in someone who has experienced trauma. The trigger itself may not be traumatic, including things such as a person, place, sound, image, smell, body position, or vocal tone.  
Trigger points
A hyperirritable area within a taut band of skeletal muscle, located in the muscular tissue and/or its associated fascia. The spot is painful on compression and can cause characteristic referred pain and autonomic phenomena.
Triglycerides
Compounds composed of fatty acids and glycerol; fats and oils; also called neutral fats.
Trigon/o
Trigone - Area within the Bladder  
Tripod position
An upright position in which the patient leans forward onto two arms stretched forward and thrusts the head and chin forward.
Tripsy
To Crush  
Trochanter
One of two large bony processes found only on the femur; a large, somewhat blunt process.
Troph/o
Nourishment; Development  
-Trophy
Nourishment; Development - Condition of  
-Tropia
To Turn  
-Tropic
Turning  
Tropic (or trophic) hormones
Hormones produced by the endocrine glands that affect other endocrine glands; a hormone that regulates the function of another endocrine organ.
-Tropin
Simulate; Act On  
Trunk
The part of the body to which the upper and lower extremities attach.
Trunking
Telecommunication system that allows a computer to maximize utilization of a group of frequencies.
Trust and mistrust
A phrase that refers to a stage of development from birth to approximately 18 months of age, during which infants gain trust of their parents or caregivers if their world is planned, organized, and routine.
TU-TZ
Tub/o
Tube  
Tubercle
A nodule or small rounded process on a bone.
Tuberculosis (TB)
A chronic bacterial disease, caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, that usually affects the lungs but can also affect other organs such as the brain and kidneys.
Tuberosity
A large rounded protuberance on a bone; a broad process, larger than a tubercle.
Tuina
A method of Chinese Bodywork characterized by the smooth gliding or rolling movements of the hands and arms. These techniques are used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal and internal organ disorders by opening stagnant meridian channels and encouraging the flow of Qi (energy) into deficient areas.  
Tumesc/o, -Tumescence
Swelling  
Tumor
Also referred to as a neoplasm, a tumor is a growth of new tissues that may be benign (nonthreatening or noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
Tunica
A covering or tissue coat; layer.
Tunica media
The middle and thickest layer of tissue of a blood vessel wall, composed of elastic tissue and smooth muscle cells that allow the vessel to expand or contract in response to changes in blood pressure and tissue demand.
Turbinates
Layers of bone within the nasal cavity.
Turgor
The ability of the skin to resist deformation; tested by gently pinching skin on the forehead or back of the hand.
Tweet
A term used to describe posted materials on Twitter.  
Two-to three-word dyspnea
A severe breathing problem in which a patient can speak only two to three words at a time without pausing to take a breath.
Tylenol (Rx)
Brand names; Anacin, Feverall, Panadol, and Tylenol. Generic name; Acetaminophen. Classified as a Nonopioid pain reliever. It reduces fever and is a mild analgesic used in the treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD), frozen shoulder, migraine headache, tension headache, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, sprains and strains, tendinosis, and transmandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD). It works by elevating the body's overall pain threshold so you feel less pain. It also eliminates excess heat for fever reducing. Clients who take Anacin, Feverall, Panadol, and Tylenol may experience liver damage from prolonged use. It is best to use deep massage with caution and be aware of decreased pain perception.
Tylenol #3 (Rx)
Brand name; Tylenol #3. Generic name; Acetaminophen and Codeine. Classified as a Narcotic. It relieves moderate to severe pain and is used in the treatment of Migraine headaches. It works by changing how your body feels in response to pain. Clients who take Tylenol #3 may experience headache, drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, or vomiting. It is best to offer water, adjust positioning when needed, and help client on/off the table.
Tympan/o
Tympanic Membrane; Middle Ear  
Tympanic membrane
The eardrum; a thin, semitransparent membrane in the middle ear that transmits sound vibrations to the internal ear by means of auditory ossicles.
-Type
Classification; Picture  
Type 1 diabetes
The type of diabetic disease that typically develops in childhood and requires synthetic insulin for proper treatment and control.
Type 2 diabetes
The type of diabetic disease typically develops in later life and often can be controlled through diet and oral medications.
Typhl/o
Cecum; Blindness  

 

     

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