What IS

Soft & Hard Tissue Manipulation?

Naturopathic manipulation is a form of physical medicine. Using gentle force, the physician will manipulate spinal segments and joints to re-establish normal movement and function. Naturopathic Manipulation is often used with chronic or acute pain management. 

“Naturopathic physical medicine” (NPM), including “naturopathic manipulative treatment” (NMT), has historically been an integral part of the practice of naturopathic medicine and has been included in naturopathic medical education and licensure since the existence of the first naturopathic college (1902). Naturopathic physicians use appropriate diagnostic and imaging methods with physical medicine modalities and procedures as part of an integrated approach to the diagnosis and treatment of the full spectrum of health disorders and the optimization of structure and function in healthy individuals, including but not limited to the musculoskeletal/postural, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, metabolic, psychosocial, and bio-energetic systems. NPM and NMT are applied based on naturopathic principles of practice based on the individual needs of each patient. 

Naturopathic manipulative treatment (NMT) is treatment by naturopathic physicians using manual and other mechanical means of all body tissues and structures, including but not limited to bones, fascia, muscles, tendons, ligaments, entheses, joint capsules, bursae, tendon sheaths, scar tissue, and visceral organs. These may be located anywhere in the human body, including, but not limited to the spine, cranium, oracoabdominal cavity and/or extremities. These manual and mechanical techniques involve the use of oscillation, thrust, pressure and sustained tension including but not limited to: high and low velocity techniques, high and low amplitude techniques, traction, mobilization through physiologic and extra-physiologic ranges of motion including passive intrinsic mobility of all body joints, and repositioning of displaced body tissues and organs.