What is Naprapathy? According to the American Naprapathic Association (A.N.A.), naprapathy combines hands-on soft tissue manipulation with nutritional counseling and relaxation techniques to treat a wide range of physical ailments. The theory is that soft tissue blockages and muscle contractions can irritate nerves leaving the spinal column and impinge on arteries, veins, and the lymph system. These blocks and contractions can result from physical injuries, poor nutrition, repetitive movements, poor posture, or psychological issues.

Naprapathy Goals

Goals of naprapathy include:

  • Releasing tension
  • Restoring natural flexibility
  • Improving mobility
  • Removing blockages
  • Relieving pain
  • Improving blood circulation
  • Improving nerve conduction
  • Restoring the body’s natural ability to heal

Naprapathic Treatment

Naprapathic treatment sessions consist of techniques such as:

  • Case history overview
  • Gentle manipulation of vertebrae to stretch contracted connective tissue
  • Realignment of the back, shoulder, and hips
  • Manipulation/mobilization of muscles and soft tissue to restore balance
  • Mobilization of restricted joints
  • Heat, cold, and light treatments
  • Ultrasound
  • Laser therapy
  • Electric stimulation
  • Assistive devices to correct or alleviate posture and pain
  • Postural counseling
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Stretching exercises

Relaxation techniques

Conditions Treated by Naprapathic Medicine

Focusing on discovering the root causes of physical ailments, Naprapathic practice treats a wide range of musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders, such as:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip and leg pain
  • Herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Strains and sprains
  • Tension headaches
  • Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Muscle spasms
  • Inflammation
  • Scar tissue formation
  • Hypotonicity
  • Muscular atrophy

Naprapaths or Doctors of Naprapathy

Doctors of Naprapathy (D.N.) are board certified and licensed through the National College of Naprapathic Medicine and can be accessed independently or via a doctor’s referral. For more information, visit the American Naprapathic Association website.

Naprapaths are connective tissue specialists with a holistic approach to healing. They treat connective tissue problems which may result from poor posture, sports injuries, falls, car accidents, repetitive motion injuries, heavy lifting, extreme temperatures, and lifestyle factors.