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The American Naprapathic Association
(ANA) is the nation's oldest and largest association of Naprapaths. Founded in 1909, the ANA is a non-profit organization whose members are dedicated to protecting, preserving, promoting and expanding the manual
medicine discipline of Naprapathy in all of its endeavors.
Membership is open to all individuals with a Doctor of Naprapathy (D.N.) degree or who is otherwise licensed to practice Naprapathy in their State. There are also affiliated memberships and student memberships available. All of our members have a strong commitment to the philosophy, art and science of manual medicine and sound holistic nutritional advice.
Membership in this organization provides a multitude of benefits. First and foremost, the ANA monitors and fights legislation that could limit you from practicing your profession.
As a member
of the ANA you will receive significant discounts to ANA sponsored educational seminars.
You are also eligible for membership in any approved state association of naprapathy.
Naprapathic Medicine is a specialized system of health care founded by Dr. Oakley Smith, DC, DN in 1907 that employs hands-on manual medicine, nutritional counseling and a wide variety of therapeutic modalities. Naprapathy focuses on conditions caused by contracted, injured, spasmed, bruised, and/or otherwise affected myofascial and connective tissue.
Naprapaths are connective tissue specialists. Connective tissue supports and contains all of the integral structures of the entire body, including the tissue surrounding the spinal column and spinal cord, it envelopes muscles, organs, joints and all of the articulations of the body. This unique gel-like tissue includes ligaments, tendons, fascia, inter-vertebral discs, and cartilage of which all can develop into a pathologic condition which responds well to Naprapathic intervention. Naprapaths have a very specialized and holistic approach to address connective tissue problems.
Connective tissue conditions treated by Naprapathic care can be characterized by abnormally rigid and/or contracted (strained) ligaments, tendons and the related muscles and fascia in many areas of the body. Conditions may exist where this contracted tissue may impede and create interference with the normal action of nerve pathways, in addition to affecting the proper circulation of blood and lymph. When this occurs, naprapathy contends that the result can be pain, inflammation, and restriction of normal movement of the affected area of the body and negatively affect vessels passing through these tissues.
Causes of these types of connective tissue problems may arise from traumatic injury - including car accidents, sports injuries, and falls. It is also known to result from repetitive motion syndromes, such as work-related computer or machine use, heavy lifting and also improper posture and other lifestyle factors and may be similarly affected by extreme temperature related events.
Board Certified and Licensed "Doctors of Naprapathy" (D.N.), in states that regulate and license the profession, can evaluate and treat patients with a referral from your MD, DO, DC, or DPM and access insurance payments. Doctors of Naprapathy may also treat a patient based on their own evaluation without a referral but will defer to a physician's diagnosis when a diagnosis has previously been made.
Doctors of Naprapathic Medicine often use a three-fold strategy in the Naprapathic treatment of connective tissue disorders.
Some common musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders successfully treated through Naprapathic Medicine include: