Naprapathic medicine utilizes manual manipulation, modern modalities (ultrasound and electrical stimulation), and nutritional counseling to treat connective disorders. Doctors of Naprapathic Medicine – a Naprapath – put to use their years of study of neuromyology (the study of nerve and muscle), as well as their knowledge of physiology, kinesiology, and nutrition to enhance the treatment of their patients.
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 reports
Naprapathic treatment consists of Naprapathic manipulative techniques, adjunctive treatments (modalities) and nutritional counseling.
- 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 tissue structures help restore imbalances.
- Joint mobilization of restricted joints and articulations to restore full range of motion.
Various modalities that may be recommended by a Naprapath include:
- Moist Heat/Cryotherapy
- Therapeutic/Rehabilitative exercises
- Orthopedic appliances and supports
- Orthotic fittings and training