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Pain glossary

Tai chi: A form of traditional Chinese mind-body exerciseand meditation that uses slow sets of body movements and controlled breathing. It is thought to improve balance, flexibility, muscle strength and overall health.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM): An ancient healthcare system from China. It is based on the concept of ‘qi’ (vital energy) that is believed to flow throughout the body and is thought to regulate balance throughout the body and organs.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS): A procedure that uses tiny, harmless electric pulses applied on the skin over the painful area. The electric current causes numbness or contractions, which in turn provide temporary pain relief.

Transdermal delivery: Delivery of medicine through unbroken skin. For instance, some medications can be given through adhesive skin patches.