What is Naprapathy?

Naprapathy was founded in the early 1900s by Dr. Oakley Smith. The word comes from the Czech word Napravit meaning to correct, and the Greek word pathos meaning suffering. The translation is “to correct suffering".

Naprapathic Medicine is a gentle form of manual medicine that provides pain relief without the use of drugs or invasive procedures. A Doctor of Naprapathy is a connective tissue specialist who focuses on the evaluation and treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions that cause pain, discomfort and loss of function.

Naprapathy utilizes a system of manually applied movements, both passive and active. These movements are designed to bring motion with a consequent release of tension in abnormally tense and rigid ligaments, muscles and articulations of the human body, especially the spinal column and connective tissues.

The human body is a complex network of connective tissue that can become irritated, inflamed, strained or imbalanced, too tight in some areas and too loose in other areas. Inflammation, strains and imbalances often result in discomfort, soreness, pain and loss of range of motion. Imbalances can occur slowly and over time causing your body's connective tissue to become tight and distorted. Some causes of connective tissue dysfunction include:

  • Faulty posture and structural asymmetries
  • Poor sleeping position or patterns
  • Repetitive motion
  • Physical or emotional stress
  • Scar tissue and adhesions (from an injury or surgery)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Aging and tissue weakness
  • Deficiency of vital nutrients due to a poor quality diet
  • Toxic environment (can lead to toxins in the body)

Imbalances can also occur abruptly due to sudden trauma such as:

  • Falls/accidents
  • Sport injuries (sprain or strain, tendinitis)
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Work related injuries

Oakley Smith, Founder of Naprapathy

Common Conditions Treated

Shoulder Pain Joint Pain Low Back Pain
Migraines Neck Pain Knee Pain
Rotator Cuff Injuries Arthritic Conditions Tendinitis
Sciatica Sports Injuries Spasms
Sprains/Strains Fibromyalgia Headaches
TMJ Dysfunction Tennis Elbow Whiplash
Carpal Tunnel Back Pain Hip Pain

Naprapathic Evaluation

Naprapaths are connective tissue specialists who detect tissue imbalances and structural imbalances in the body using the most sensitive instrument in the world — their hands! A thorough evaluation by a Naprapath can include the following:

  • Detailed medical history
  • Postural analysis
  • Orthopedic and neurological testing
  • Muscle and range of motion examinations
  • Use of MRI and X-ray reports

Naprapathic Spinal Markings

Treatment

A Naprapathic treatment consists of Naprapathic manipulative techniques, adjunctive treatments (modalities) and nutritional counseling. As a Naprapath, I concentrate on the connective tissues including tendons, fascia, discs, and ligaments and how they relate to the structure of the body. My focus is on any inconsistencies with the connective tissue such as inflammation, tension, imbalances, trigger points, tears, and scar tissue. The following Naprapathic and adjunctive techniques may be used in a treatment:

  • Gentle manipulation of the vertebrae to stretch the attached, contracted connective tissue that may be irritating the nerves as they exit the spinal column
  • Manipulation/mobilization of the muscles and related soft tissues to help restore imbalances
  • Joint mobilization of restricted joints and articulations to restore full range of motion
  • Traction
  • Therapeutic/Rehabilitative exercises

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