Type “naprapathy” into Google and — you guessed it, — you’re asked, Did you mean: Naturopathy?

No…I meant N A P R A P A T H Y ? the stealthy CAM.

According to the National College of Naprapathic Medicine website, Naprapathy [from the Czech napravit (to correct) and the Greek pathos (suffering)] started during the early 20th century. It’s an offshoot of chiropractic in that the founder was a chiropractor who believed that a significant amount of back, neck, and joint pain was related to improper balance and alignment of the connective tissues of the human body.

Doctors of Naprapathic Medicine treat low back pain, shoulder pain, joint pain, neck pain, headaches, tennis elbow, whiplash, fibromyalgia, sciatica, spasms, sprains/strains, and TMJ (tempromandibular joint pain).

Naprapaths are licensed in Illinois and New Mexico. More information can be found on the American Naprapathic Association website. Next to nothing anywhere else.

7/31/06 22:28 JR; updated 1/19/11, 10:07 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.