The Pettibon System of Chiropractic and Spinal Rejuvenation
Studies show that disc disease is the most shared cause of back pain and costs Americans over $65 billion yearly. approximately 700,000 Americans receive spinal surgery every year and the costs begin around $25,000 and can range to over $100,000 for surgically implanted rods or other fusion devices. Insurance companies may not cover all of the expenses, so patients end up paying a large chunk for procedures that can give them very little hope for a normal life in the future. A recent 2006 study from the Journal Spine found that the use of implanted hardware in spinal fusion surgeries for lower back pain does not enhance the results and carries a higher risk of complications. Dr. Gary M Franklin, medical director of the Washington Department of Labor and Industry, which funded the study, said, “It was clear that the devices did not assistance patients”. He additional that “the high rate of long term disability in all the patients, in spite of of whether hardware was used or not, was of little assistance. This procedure doesn’t do much to help people”. When surgery fails to help it is often diagnosed as Failed Back Surgery Syndrome or F.B.S.S. for short, which is an actual diagnosis.
Today advances in spinal traction have brought promising results for patients with disc herniation and degenerative disc disease. Non-surgical disc decompression is one such treatment, being advertised increasingly, that has brought initial relief for many with weakening back pain. However, decompression/traction often only brings permanent results since gravity will continue to re-compress the structurally weakened disc and injured spinal areas over time. Subluxation, abnormal spinal angles, and loss of the normal lordotic curves of the spine will little by little collapse with gravity once again. I have received patients or have had patients return to me who have spent thousands of dollars for decompression therapy only to have their problem and pain return within three to six months. I began to call this Failed Back Decompression Syndrome or F.B.D.S.!
It is very important to know that muscles sustain and continue spinal curves. Ninety percent of disc problems are caused by postural breakdown of the normal lordotic curves of the cervical and lumbar spine. consequently, without postural curve correction with muscle rehabilitation, the effects of decompression/traction will be lost over time and once again, the degenerative course of action will improvement. To permanently correct the lumbar spine, at the minimum 60% correction of the normal lordotic curve of the cervical spine must be achieved. This is why, for many acute lumbar disc situations decompression of the lumbar disc is performed only during the acute pain episode. Once pain reduction occurs, the patient is then decompressed from the cervical spine down, in order to correct and restore the cervical curve, the original cause. In other words, you must fix the neck with postural rehab and curve correction, in order to stabilize and enhance the benefits of spinal decompression of the lumbar spine!
The Pettibon System of Chiropractic Spinal Rejuvenation goes beyond simple decompression with the Spinal Rejuvenation Table (SRT) employing Whole Body Vibration (WBV). With higher contractility of the muscles occurring with WBV, muscles fatigue occurs 50% faster allowing spasm and splinted muscles to relax, enabling quicker decompression of the compressed disc and greater pain relief. This essentially reduces the decompression time from the standard 30 minutes of traditional methods, to 15 minutes or less with the use of WBV. Whole Body Vibration was developed over 40 years ago in the Soviet Union to aim their Olympic athletes and rehabilitate cosmonauts returning from outer space who commonly suffered muscle atrophy and loss of bone from zero gravity. With the right vibratory frequency, WBV has been shown to increase endocrine activity. Growth hormone increased by 361%, testosterone increased by 7%, cortisol, the fat producing stress hormone decreased by 32%, blood flow increased by 100%, and back pain reduced by 66%.
Traditional rehabilitation involves performing resistance exercises by a range of motion (i.e. weights, machines, bands, etc.), which only works the fast twitch muscles. Exercising the fast twitch muscles will make you strong but they will not change the structure or remove the inner cause of your disc problem. These muscles will help you carry your groceries better, while your spinal structure continues to degenerate and your body becomes sick. The spinal muscles that sustain the spinal curves and determine your posture and health are slow-twitch postural muscles. These slow twitch muscles require isometric exercise (consistent resistance) to strengthen and restore postural health. Once the spine is sufficiently decompressed, specific body weighting of the head, shoulder, and hips, uniquely tailored to each patient, are basic parts of the corrective isometric exercise program designed to predictably restore ones optimal spinal and postural alignment, permanently!
The Pettibon System of Chiropractic Spinal Correction in conjunction with the Pettibon Spinal Rejuvenation Table (SRT), employing Whole Body Vibration and decompression, is one of the only systems proven, with evidence based research, to unprotected to predictable disc re-hydration, structural correction, with neurological and physiological restoration of health and function, that sticks.
At Gold Coast Chiropractic Center we’re dedicated to reach, teach, and touch as many people as possible, bringing hope and restoration of health to those whom standard medical treatment and ordinary chiropractic care have proved insufficient.