Glossary of Terms

medical terms can be hard. we hope you find this glossary helpful.

Active:

Active treatment or active pain management, as opposed to passive, requires the patient to actively engage in their treatment. Active treatments have been found to keep the patient functional in the long term. 

Dorsiflexion:

The action of raising the foot towards the shin; moving the toes in the upward, or dorsal, direction.

Fascia:

IASTM:

Modality:

Physical therapy modalities are various methods of electrical, thermal or mechanical energy treatments. They are used to relieve pain, decrease swelling, improve circulation, reduce muscle spasm and deliver medication.

Myofascial:

Passive:

Passive treatment or passive pain management requires the patient to be a submissive recipient of treatment; have been found to be effective at relieving pain in the short term. Passive treatments are typically used in the beginning of a treatment plan with the goal of moving towards active treatments.

ROM:

Range of Motion