Naprapathic Evidence Based Research

The Science Behind Naprapathy Therapies

Naprapathy, with its focus on restoring the body's natural balance and alleviating musculoskeletal conditions, has garnered increasing attention in the field of evidence-based research. Explore the articles provided to gain insight into the scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of Naprapathy, as well as its historical development as a form of manual therapy. Discover the wealth of knowledge and research that underpins the practice of Naprapathy and its potential to enhance your overall well-being.

Naprapathy versus orthopaedic standard care for common musculoskeletal disorders: an 8-year follow-up of a pragmatic randomized controlled trial in Sweden

This 8-year follow-up study of a randomized controlled trial evaluated the effects of a manual therapy known as naprapathy compared to standard orthopedic care on non-surgical patients of working age with common musculoskeletal disorders.

Results showed that the naprapathy group had statistically significantly less bodily pain, improved physical function and quality of life, and less health care utilization than the control group. The study suggests that specialized manual therapy should be considered when treating these types of disorders in national health care systems.

Exploring the history of Naprapathy

Even as far back as 1923, Naprapathic medicine was recognized as known and reputable medical science.  We find their description of it so interesting.  Click to see a pdf of a newspaper article explaining what it is.  

Naprapathic Manual Therapy or Evidence-based Care for Back and Neck Pain

In this study published in The Clinical Journal of Pain, researchers compared the effectiveness of naprapathic manual therapy with evidence-based care for back and neck pain. Naprapathy is a form of manual therapy that focuses on soft and connective tissues to reduce pain and disability in the musculoskeletal system.

The study included 409 patients with back or neck pain lasting for at least 2 weeks. The participants were randomly assigned to either the naprapathy group or the control group. The naprapathy group received spinal manipulation/mobilization, massage, and stretching, while the control group received support and advice on staying active and coping with pain from a physician.

Pain, disability, and perceived recovery were measured using questionnaires at baseline and after 3, 7, and 12 weeks. The results showed that at the 7-week and 12-week follow-ups, the naprapathy group had statistically significant improvements in all outcomes compared to the control group. At the 12-week follow-up, a higher proportion of the naprapathy group reported improvements in pain, disability, and perceived recovery.

These findings suggest that naprapathic manual therapy may be an effective alternative for treating back and neck pain. Naprapathy could be considered as a complementary therapy for individuals experiencing pain in these areas.

Clinical Observation of Alternative Wave Electroacupuncture Combined with Lee’s Naprapathy in Treating Knee Osteoarthritis (Blood Stasis due to Qi Stagnation)

This clinical observation study aimed to evaluate the therapeutic effect of alternative wave electroacupuncture combined with Lee’s naprapathy therapy on knee osteoarthritis (KOA) with blood stasis due to qi stagnation. Knee osteoarthritis is a common degenerative joint disorder characterized by pain, stiffness, and reduced function. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that blood stasis and qi stagnation play a role in the pathogenesis of KOA.


The overall response rate in the combined group was 96.72%, which was higher than that in the control group (81.97%), and the difference was statistically significant. After treatment and follow-up, the Lysholm score in the combined group was higher, while the VAS, ISOA, and WOMAC scores were lower compared to the control group, and the differences were statistically significant. No serious adverse reactions were observed in either group.


The combination of alternative wave electroacupuncture and Lee’s naprapathy therapy is effective and safe for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis with blood stasis due to qi stagnation. This combined approach may provide a promising alternative for managing pain and improving the quality of life in patients with KOA.

Three combinations of manual therapy techniques within naprapathy in the treatment of neck and/or back pain: a randomized controlled trial

In this study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, the researchers aimed to compare the effectiveness of different combinations of manual therapy techniques for the treatment of neck and/or back pain. The study focused on naprapathy, a form of manual therapy that includes spinal manipulation, spinal mobilization, stretching, and massage. The researchers wanted to determine whether the inclusion or exclusion of specific techniques had an impact on pain intensity, pain-related disability, and perceived recovery.

The results showed that after 12 weeks of treatment, 64% of participants experienced a minimal clinically important improvement in pain intensity, and 42% experienced an improvement in pain-related disability. These numbers were slightly lower at the 52-week follow-up, with 58% experiencing an improvement in pain intensity and 40% experiencing an improvement in pain-related disability.

Interestingly, the study found no significant differences in treatment outcomes when comparing the different combinations of manual therapy techniques. Excluding spinal manipulation or stretching from the treatment did not have a substantial impact on pain intensity, pain-related disability, or perceived recovery. This suggests that the overall effect of manual therapy for neck and/or back pain is similar regardless of the specific techniques used.

These findings have important implications for individuals seeking treatment for neck and/or back pain. Naprapathy, with its combination of manual therapy techniques, can be an effective treatment option for reducing pain and improving function. Whether spinal manipulation or stretching is included or excluded from the treatment does not seem to have a significant impact on the outcomes. Therefore, patients and healthcare providers can consider individual preferences and specific needs when deciding on a treatment approach.