"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease"

Thomas Edison
What is Naprapathy

Naprapathy is a gentle form of soft tissue manipulation used to relieve pain, speed healing of injuries, and restore freedom of movement. The profession of Naprapathy was founded in 1905 by Dr. Oakley Smith, an early Chiropractor and Osteopathic student. Dr. Smith performed extensive anatomical research through cadaver study. His findings led him to conclude that it was the soft tissues (example: ligaments, tendons, and muscles) that, when damaged or over taxed, led to a rigid, scar-like condition that was a likely cause of interference to the nervous system as the nerves passed within close proximity to these tissues. He developed a system of assessing and treating these tissues through a specialized type of manipulation.

Dr. Smith liked to travel and learn more about other cultures and health care practices around the world, and while in Czechloslovakia, he learned about a traditional healing practice called "napravit." Dr. Smith went to observe the practice of napravit, and found it to be a gentle working loose of constricted joints, in some ways similar to the practice he had been developing in the United States.

In Czechloslovakian, the word napravit means "to correct, or to fix." Dr. Smith was so impressed with what he had seen in Czechloslovakia that he took the "napra" from napravit (meaning to correct) and added it to pathos from Latin (meaning suffering, or pain) to coin the name naprapathy meaning to correct suffering, or to correct pain. Oakley founded his new profession in Chicago, IL and today, Chicago is still home to the National College of Naprapathic Medicine.


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