Pettibon Therapy System

Pettibon Therapy System

The Pettibon Therapy System

What Is The Pettibon Therapy System?

The Pettibon Therapy System is a “system” of combined spinal restorative therapies. Pettibon therapy systems typically use both natural and enhanced forces of gravity as clinical tools of advanced spinal correction. Pettibon therapy also implements both dynamic and static stretch reflexes for optimal results.

Therapies most often included in a Pettibon Therapy System are manual manipulation, massage therapy, lifestyle coaching, physical therapy and numerous other therapies. Below is a list of common restorative spine approaches used in Pettibon Therapy Systems:

  • Corrective Deformation
  • Visco-elastic Stretching
  • Posture Rehabilitation
  • Rightening Reflex Therapy
  • Nerves System Interference Reduction
  • Biomechanical Balancing Strategies
  • Kinesiotape
  • Decompression Therapy
  • Orthotics or Bracing
  • Therapeutic Weighting Systems
  • Isometric Therapy


What Conditions Are Treated With The Pettibon Therapy System?

Any condition that causes damage or injury to the spine is a potential candidate for the Pettibon Therapy System. Treatment decisions will vary, as they are specific to the individual, the injury and desired results. The following shortened list of conditions are commonly treated with an Individualized Pettibon Therapy System at Chicagoland Medical:

  • Whiplash
  • Spinal Displacement
  • Alignment
  • Plasticity Restoration
  • Creeping
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Hysteresis
  • Herniated or “Bulged” Disc(s)



The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported that patients that received Pettibon Therapy showed “SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT” in the following areas:

  • Oswestry Disability Index (ODI)
  • Anterior Head Translation
  • Leg & Back Pain Scores
  • Range of Motion
  • Lumbar Lordosis
  • Thoracic Kyphosis
  • Flexibility
  • Balance & Mobility
  • Incontinence
  • Lateral Deviation
  • Pelvic Inclination
  • H-Reflex Latency & Amplitude


Is The Pettibon Therapy System Right For You?

Not all Pettibon Therapy Systems are the same nor will they likely share the same outcomes. At Chicagoland Medical we use a multifaceted approach to patient care and may employ several treatment options that are not listed here, depending on your specific condition.

Each therapy applied as part of a comprehensive Individualized Pettibon Therapy System has a long list of variables, including technique or style that will be specific to your provider. It is important to work with a medical professional to determine the best treatment plan for your specific injuries and desired outcome.

To schedule an appointment at Chicagoland Medical about The Pettibon Therapy System call now and one of our providers would be happy to answer your questions and discuss your injury in person.


BSDC, Christian Cohen, and David H. Robinson. “Improvement of Cervical Lordosis and Reduction of Forward Head Posture with Anterior Head Weighting and Proprioceptive Balancing Protocols.”

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