Naprapathic practice means the evaluation of persons with connective tissue disorders through the use of naprapathic case history and palpation or treatment of persons by the use of connective tissue manipulation, therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise, postural counseling, nutritional counseling, and the use of the effective properties of physical measures of heat, cold, light, water radiant energy, electricity, sound and air, and assistive devices for the purpose of preventing, correcting or alleviating a physical disability. Naprapathic practice includes, but is not limited to, the treatment of contractures, muscle spasms, inflammation, scar tissue formation, adhesions, lesions, laxity, hypotonicity, rigidity, structural imbalance, bruising, contusions, muscular atrophy, and partial separation of connective tissue fibers. Naprapathic practice also includes: (a) performance of specific tests and measurements, (b) administration of specialized treatment procedures, (c) interpretation of referrals from licensed physicians, dentists and podiatrists, (d) establishment and modification of naprapathic treatment programs, and (e) supervision or teaching of naprapathy.Naprapathy utilizes hands-on healing techniques as well as nutritional counseling, exercise and relaxation methods to evaluate and treat a range of health problems. Soft tissue blockages and muscle contractions appear in response to psychological conflicts, physical injuries, poor nutrition, repetitive movement and improper posture. These blockages and contractions may impinge the arteries, veins, or lymph system, and also irritate nerves as they exit the spinal column. During treatment the spine is at times manipulated by using the vertebrae as "levers" for stretching the soft tissue with gentle movements to bring the spine into alignment. All muscular and skeletal misalignment is addressed including back, shoulder and hip pain. The goal of this therapy is to restore natural flexibility and release tension, leaving the connective tissue pliable and in balance. This not only relieves pain and improves mobility, but enhances blood flow, nerve conduction, and the body’s own healing energy.