Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Treatment of disease by manipulation of joints, muscles, and ligaments, based on the belief that many diseases are caused by displacement of connective tissues.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A branch of alternative medicine, a manipulative therapy that focuses on the evaluation and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A drugless method of treatment based on the belief that disease symptoms arise from problems with ligaments and connective tissues.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a drugless method of treatment based on the belief that disease symptoms arise from problems with ligaments and connective tissues

Etymologies

Czech náprava, correction (from napravit, to correct : na-, to, on from Old Church Slavonic na, na-; + pravþ, true, correct from Old Church Slavonic pravŭ) + -pathy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Czech náprava, "correction", and -pathy, coined in the early 1900s by its inventor Dr Oakley Smith. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Osteopathy, chiropractic, naprapathy, neurotherapy and spondylotherapy, as we have learned, are various systems of maipulative treatment which have been devised mainly to correct spinal and other bony lesions, shrinkage and contracture of muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues.

    Nature Cure

  • The various modern systems of spinal manipulation, namely, osteopathy, chiropractic, naprapathy, neuropathy, spondylotherapy and our own neurotherapy, are all of distinctly American origin.

    Nature Cure

  • The differences between the groups in pain and disability considered over one year were statistically significant favoring naprapathy (p [less than or equal to] 0.005).

    BioMed Central - Latest articles

  • Combined manual therapy, like naprapathy, is effective in the short and in the long term, and might be considered for patients with non-specific back and/or neck pain.

    BioMed Central - Latest articles

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