Naprapathy comes from the Czech word “napravit’, meaning to correct and the Greek word “pathos” meaning to heal. The science of Naprapathy maintains a whole body approach to healing. In clinical pain management it can be applied bilaterally to sections of the spine to reeducate and balance muscles, ligaments, tendons the vertebral bodies and sacrum.(1)
The father of naprapathy is Dr. Oakly Smith D.C., D.N. during the late 1800’s. He was a chiropractor who had sustained a trauma causing him chronic back pain. Dr. Smith attempted to manage chronic pain through manipulation, however, soon he realized that the only lasting benefits were facilitated by deep manipulation of muscles, tendons and ligaments between the bones.(1)
The science of Naprapathy is a comprehensive integrative medical technique. The applications of Naprapathy can be a very effective therapeutic tool in addressing conditions of chronic fatigue, chronic pain and acute pain. The primary cause of pain is an imbalance of connective tissues along lines of stress caused by poor posture, age related dyskineticesthesia facilitating dysfunction in mechanopathophysiology and numerous types of trauma. These dysfunctions facilitate deviations in the vertebral spine sacrum and extremities.(2)
The secondary cause of pain is afferent and efferent neurological communication negative feedback traveling from the site of pain to the CNS back to the site of pain. The mechanoreceptors provide signals from the peripheral nerves with signal medullar response with parts of the CNS. The brain response with corrective impulses which serve as a survival mechanism but may not duplicate normal neuromechanical function.
Nociceptors respond to both trauma and chronic pain stimulating a cascade affect causing numerous adverse cellular tissue and organ system dysfunction. This negative feed back should be controlled at onset through medication, but not for prolonged periods of time.
Over time use of medication without proper medical therapeutic management bilaterally will facilitate conditions that stimulate mechanoreceptors and nociceptor response.(3)
Naprapathy is remarkably beneficial in integrative medical therapies to treat some, but not exclusively the following conditions: Fibromyalgia, age related connective tissue imbalances, structural deviation facilitating peripheral nerve root compression, joint dyskineticesthesia, joint displacement, and subluxation. Naprapathy stimulates fibroblast activity increasing the production of collagen, elastin and glyco-saminalglycans. Naprapathy is an effective tool in the reparative process and balancing of the muscular skeletal system.