The Pettibon System™
A proven spine and posture correction methodology that, along with providing pain relief, restores normal spinal form and function. It is an extensively researched, viable alternative to physical therapy and in many cases surgery.
There are two important groups of muscle: phasic and postural. Weight lifting and aerobic exercise work our phasic (movement) muscles. However, these workouts have little effect on our postural (support) muscles.Postural muscle strength is built through isometric exercise, which involves pushing against a force that moves very slowly or not at all. The weighting system and linked exercise trainer provide the isometric exercise to strengthen postural muscles and thereby improve your alignment while decreasing stress on joints.
Three Phases of Care
Phase I- Initial Intensive Care Initial Intensive Care lasts approximately 5 weeks. During this phase of care, we focus on symptom relief, improving normal spinal curves, and starting spinal balancing. You receive training on your home care equipment and procedures and visit the office 2 to 4 times each week. Your home care exercises during this phase of care involve about 15-20 minutes of activity twice each day. You will be introduced to the routine of an office visit: warm-up exercises and stretching; functional, neurological and postural examinations by the doctor; spinal adjustment* based on the examinations and your x-rays.
At the end of Initial Intensive Care, you are re-x-rayed and re-examined to assess your progress and readiness for the next phase of care. * In the Pettibon System™, a spinal adjustment is performed to provide a temporary increase in joint mobility so that the rehabilitative exercises can take advantage of this increased range of motion. You receive a spinal adjustment only if you need the increase in joint mobility
Phase II – Rehabilitation and Correction During this phase of care, we work toward achieving optimal spine correction. This usually requires 1 to 2 rehabilitation sessions in the office each week and spinal adjustments when indicated for approximately 12 weeks. You’ll continue your home care exercises. At the end of Rehabilitation and Correction, you are re-x-rayed and re-examined to assess your progress and readiness for the next phase of care. Phase III – Wellness Care. In this phase, we strengthen, maintain and/or enhance your spine and posture correction. This typically requires 1 rehab session weekly for 1 to 3 months. For several additional months, in most cases, you visit the office twice monthly for a full postural muscle workout and receive a spinal adjustment, if required, followed by wearing your prescribed Pettibon System™ weights.Testing Before Acceptance for Care. Those who consult us are not automatically accepted for care. We must first determine if and how you will respond to care. Between 15 – 20% of people tested lack the strength and endurance required to go directly into corrective (initial intensive) care. If this is so for you, we will guide you through a rehabilitation program to strengthen your postural muscles before going on to spinal correction.
Who Can Benefit? Everyone!
Chiropractic is based on a deep respect for the body’s ability to heal itself and express a vast degree of health potential. Having a nerve system free of irritation is an extraordinarily simple, powerful and practical wellness solution that can improve health in every aspect of one’s life with no deleterious side effects. Whether for an existing condition or general wellness, everyone can benefit from chiropractic care. In our clinical experience, the following have responded well to chiropractic care:
Asthma and Sinusitis
Anxiety and Stress
Fatigue and Insomnia
Herniated or Bulging Discs
Inflexibility and Deteriorating Posture
Kids and Chiropractic Many of the parents for whom we care bring their children in regularly to maintain their child’s spine and nerve system health. Poor immune response (chronic colds, coughs, sore throats), ear infections, scoliosis, playground injuries, sleep issues, bed wetting, colic, ADD/ADHD, some learning disorders, cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, asthma and allergies are some of the health issues to which children under our care have had good responses.Pregnancy and Chiropractic. We specialize in pregnancy care and have extensive experience with addressing all of the discomforts that women face during the various stages of pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Chiropractic provides greater comfort and flexibility, helps to maintain energy, and eases spinal, lower back and leg pain. Our work can also foster optimal alignment of the pelvis which can provide for a shorter, easier delivery; and when needed, we can utilize specific turning procedures for breech presentations.