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How do you spell N-A-P-R-A-PA-T-H-Y ?

You might be familiar with Chiropractic Medicine--it's probably one of the most popular forms of alternative medical practices in the US today.  But have you ever heard of naprapathy ?

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as--

“…a system of treatment by manipulation of connective tissue and adjoining structures and by dietary measures that is held to facilitate the recuperative and regenerative processes of the body.”

The origin of this word is from the Czech word , naprava, which in English means correction.

Naprapathy is similar to chiropractic medicine because it's practitioners learn to manipulate body parts.  But rather than manipulation of bone and spine (chiropractic medicine), a doctor of naprapathic medicine manipulates connective tissues.  The goal of naprapathic medicine is to ease tension and bring the skeleton back into alignment. 

This form of alternative medicine is becoming more popular due to the all too common problems that have emerged with the use of painkilling medications.  There are new programs of study for those interested in this field of study due to growing interest in this kind of treatment.  You can read about one such new program by clicking here; there is also a website where you can find additional information and search for a practitioner in your area by following this link.

Sources: Santa Fe News; Merriam-Webster; Naprapathy.US; wikimedia


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