What is Naprapathy and How Can It Help?
The deep tissue hands-on therapy known as Naprapathy is a doctoral level health and wellness practice utilizing integrative manual, nutritional and herbal medicine to promote the body's natural healing response. Naprapathy uses proven hands-on healing methods to evaluate and treat a wide variety of health, pain and mobility concerns. Naprapaths are doctors who align the body's structure through manipulating soft tissue utilizing techniques from various origins including Chinese medicine and the practice of Tui Na, with a history of practice by skilled physicians for over 3,000 years.
Although the term "naprapathy" was invented in the United States in recent times (around the same time as chiropractic in the early 1900's), many of the manual medicine techniques have been used for centuries in cultures throughout the world including Europe and Asia. Naprapathy represents a modern evidence-based approach to manual therapy utilizing a blend of the most effective modern and classical hands-on healthcare techniques. Tui Na, acupressure, trigger point therapy, active release stretching, yogic and qi gong breathing techniques along with energy medicine based modalities are an integral part of this highly effective manual therapy when performed by Dr. McCormick.
Soft tissue blockages and muscle restrictions develop in response to mental and emotional stress, physical injuries, poor nutrition, repetitive motion, exposure to environmental factors and improper postural alignment. These blockages and restrictions may restrict circulation in the arteries, veins, or lymph and energetic systems, and also irritate nerves. During treatment the spinal alignment is corrected through stretching the soft tissue with gentle movements and soft tissue manipulation. All muscular and skeletal misalignment is addressed including back, shoulder and hip pain. This therapy helps restore the body's natural flexibility by release of tension, leaving the muscles and connective tissue pliable and in balance. This not only relieves pain and improves mobility, but enhances blood flow, nerve conduction, and the circulation of vital energy (qi). These are the things essential to promotion of an optimal healing response.
What is Connective Tissue?
It is the most widely distributed tissue in human body. It includes skin, hair, nails, blood, lymph, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, discs, bone, etc. . So your body is a complex network of these tissues which, when in perfect balance, give you strength and endurance to accomplish all those daily tasks with vibrant energy. It is this connective tissue, known as fascia, that serves as the super highway for vital energy to circulate. The imbalance in tissue and energy can happen slowly as a result of daily activities such as repetitive movements, bad postural habits, and poor diet. However, it can also happen suddenly as a result of injury from sprains/strains, falls, and accidents. All this, combined with environmental factors from pollution, radiation, magnetic fields, and most of all--stress--results in connective tissue damage and vital energy imbalance. Connective tissue damage causes restrictions in spinal mobility, blood supply, lymphatic flow, and most importantly, interference to nerve energy conduction. You may be totally unaware of the imbalance until a build-up of symptoms reaches a level your body can no longer accommodate, culminating in pain and loss of function.
Why Naprapathy Works?
By removing nerve interference caused by mental, emotional or physical stressors, the brain is able to communicate without obstruction to all the organ systems in the body. This free flow of energy restores the delicate inner-workings of the body, allowing it to heal and to perform at optimum levels. Regular naprapathy treatments help to maintain the body's natural balance and vitality. There is a famous traditional Asian medicine text that says “where there is pain there is no free flow (of nerve energy circulation), where there is no pain there is free flow.” Maintaining the normal free flow of circulation of vital energy is essential to optimal health and healing.
A first time Naprapathic visit includes a comprehensive medical history followed by a thorough spine examination and postural analysis along with a vital energy assessment of the nervous system through meridian analysis. Additionally, an evaluation of the "Three Pillars of Health" – Immune System, Detoxification System, and Digestive System - is made to help identify the underlying cause of the patient's condition and pattern of imbalance.
Nutritional and Botanical Medicine Approach
The nutritional aspect of Naprapathic treatment involves balancing the internal chemistry of the body. You may have heard before that "you are what you eat." This is true only if your digestion and absorption are perfectly efficient, and match your needs. Dr. McCormick is a specialist in addressing digestive concerns and patterns of gut imbalances and dysfunction. Naprapaths are highly trained in botanical medicine and nutritional therapy.