Naprapathy vs. Chiropractic|
What is the difference between a Naprapath and a Chiropractor?
The original principal of Chiropractic is that subluxations (minor dislocation) of the spine actually press on the nerve roots as they exit the spine, causing pain and secondary dysfunction (disease). The focus in Chiropractic is placed on the position of the bones, especially the spinal vertebrae. Traditionally, Chiropractors use x-ray examination to determine the misaligned bones, and manipulate the spine to re-align the vertebrae. Because the focus is on repositioning the bones, many Chiropractors use an abrupt, heavy force to "adjust" the spine. If too much force is applied too quickly, micro tears can occur within the supporting structures which can actually lead to instability of the affected spinal or other joints.
In Naprapathy, the focus is on the soft tissues that support the vertebrae (spine) and other joints. By encouraging motion in tissues that have become rigid and inflexible, the Naprapath is actually triggering the activity of fibroblasts, a type of stem cell that is responsible for the generation of new elastic tissue in the body. If only the alignment is considered, the existing tensions in the soft tissues will misalign the bones quickly after "adjustment." Naprapathic treatment is a gentle stretching treatment applied with a manual massage-like technique. The aim of the treatment is to encourage the growth of new elastic tissue, while gently releasing old constrictions caused by injury or stress. Naprapathic manipulation also encourages health by stimulating circulation and aiding in lymph drainage.
The above comparison is based upon the description of the basic premise of both professions. Dr. Hutchins believes that both professions have unique benefits. Dr. Hutchins often works closely with, and coordinates care with Chiropractors, Osteopaths, and Medical Doctors.