Causes of the Loss of Curve

Problems arise when one or several of the vertebra move out of alignment with the rest of the spine.  This movement out of alignment with the spine is called a subluxation.  Subluxations, left untreated, interrupt the messages from the brain and cause dysfunction, like pain in other areas of the body.

More problems begin to development as the spine loses its curve.  The loss of curve in the spine creates a 300% increase in pounds per square inch on the discs. These discs acting as shock absorbers for the vertebrae and can cause significant pain and dysfunction if they bulge from the pressure or become herniated.

Correcting the Curve
The Pettibon Technique practitioner will take a series of X-Rays at different angles and even different distances from traditional X-Rays.  The practitioner will then analyze the X-rays by measuring different angles in different parts of the spine.  These measurements help define problematic areas of the spine and will be able to determine the percentage of loss of curve for the spine, including the cervical spine and lumbar spine.

Dr. Garth will use these measurements to develop a specific series of adjustments that will remove subluxations and will return the normal curves of the spine.  Dr. Garth also uses the results of the X-ray analysis to prescribe therapies including Interferential Stim, Russian Stim(rehab) and cervical traction.

The Pettibon Technique differs from other chiropractic techniques in several ways.  All adjustments are done by hand, not by activators or drop tables.  This technique also has a series of prescribed exercises that patients do at home.  These exercises, along with Dr. Garth’s therapies, are all based on the specialized X-rays and resulting analysis. As the patient progresses, additional X-rays will be taken to measure the changes in the curve of the spine.
What is the Pettibon Technique

The Pettibon Technique is specifically designed to restore the normal curves to the spine.  The spinal column has numerous angles and curves.  These curves, along with the vertebra (bones of the spine) work as shock absorbers for the spinal cord.  Messages from the brain are transmitted throughout the body via the spinal cord.