Soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques for musculoskeletal problems

Naprapathy (na·​prap·​a·​thy) is a holistic approach to restoring whole health and optimal function through gentle bodywork based on the fundamental principles of osteopathy, physical therapy and nutrition. This integrative healing art incorporates gentle soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques that leave you feeling better, healing better and working better.

Naprapathy targets vertebral misalignments and other musculoskeletal problems. It focuses on manual mobilization of spinal segments and their connecting tissues in order to increase mobility and improve overall function. It often incorporates multiple, complementary therapies, such as massage, nutritional counseling, electrical muscle stimulation and low-level laser therapy.

Studies have shown that where constriction of connective tissue exists, there will also be impaired blood flow and nerve function. Naprapathy attempts to correct these blockages through hands-on mobilization, gentle stretching and stimulation of the surrounding tissues.

Some of the conditions that can be treated with naprapathic techniques include:

chronic migraines and tension headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica and tmj (jaw) disorders

recreational and sport-related injuries, such as sprains, strains and whiplash

age-related joint, neck, and back pain find great relief from naprapathic therapy

Doctor of Naprapathy

The naprapathic practitioner bases their analysis on physical inspection of the musculoskeletal system, range of motion assessments and a detailed patient history. They also assess stress levels and nutritional status because an imbalance in these areas may signal trouble within the musculoskeletal structure.

A California native, Cate has recently returned to Santa Cruz, California from Barcelona where she ran a busy practice, raised her children and taught at the Barcelona College of Chiropractic.

Her specialties include treatments of head and neck, joint taping and vital organ systems corrections.

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“My 74 year old mother has been suffering from fibromyalgia for many years. They’ve never found anything that helps her problems in the health care system even though we’ve always had good doctors. As her daughter, I’d like to see my mother be pain free and as independent as possible. That’s why we started care when we met Cate. Ever since then, my mother is more lively and takes much better care of herself. She’s more peaceful and sleeps better than ever, she has better balance so she’s become more independent and her arm hardly hurts anymore, which used to be one of her main complaints. My mother’s happier now than I’ve seen her in a long time, and there’s nothing that makes me happier.”

“I used to suffer from osteoarthritis and had to take medication to manage the pain. I had a big hump forming on my back and I felt very nervous and anxious. Thanks to Cate, I’ve noticed so many physical and mental improvements. Now I sleep soundly at night and I feel peaceful when I wake up. I can think more clearly, I have more ideas and am more motivated to do things and I feel like I can face problems in a different way now because I’m more confident. I no longer need to take any medication because the osteoarthritis pain is completely gone. Even my friends tell me I look better and I feel happier. What surprised me was having to buy new clothes because the hump on my back is gone!”

“I’d been going to a chiropractor for more than 5 years. I’d tried others but when I found Cate, I really liked how she worked so I stayed with her. I like that we have the same ideas of how to age well like: having a sense of joy and living less stressfully, accepting the passage of time and my body’s changes and taking the best possible care of myself physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. I never miss my visits with Cate and I always leave floating. Now, I sleep much better, have less anxiety and feel less stressed out in my life.”

“I found Cate when I was looking for relief from my back pain and I am eternally grateful for everything she’s helped me with physically as well as the mental stability that she’s brought me. I limped through her door the day of my first visit and I noticed the effects from the very first session when I left and no longer had the pain that had been shooting down my leg for so many days. I’m not afraid of throwing my back out anymore and I can do the things I used to do that had become too painful like playing tennis, which I love and am playing again. I came in like a SEAT 600 and I left like a Ferrari.”