Welcome to Pettibon Decompression

The Pettibon system is a comprehensive method of evaluation & management that consists of warm-up exercises, spinal mobilization techniques and neuromuscular rehabilitation procedures designed to retrain neuromuscular control of the spine and posture. In the process, patients also are given an extensive home rehabilitation protocol to promote patient independence and empowerment.

Pettibon Spinal Rejuvenation Table

The PSRT (Pettibon spinal Rejuvenation Table™) converts gravity into traction. Published research documents its effectiveness in the re-hydration of discs and rehabilitation of the spine. The PSRT was designed to combine the force of gravity with the power of vibration to produce the amazing clinical statistics to support the phenomenal results.

Understanding Postural Muscles

Slow twitch postural fibers dominate the majority of spinal muscles. Postural muscles spasm to guard the injured or pathological spine and require a constant isometric-type traction rather than intermittent traction-relaxation forces to stretch, fatigue, and relax. After the muscles are relaxed, traction forces that were applied to the muscles are now applied to the discs and ligaments in need of re-hydration. Reversing gravity with vibration is ideal for both of these functions.

The Vital Role of Vibration

Research has shown that the use of whole body vibration (Hertz) and time in concert with various weighted maneuvers during rehabilitation training, increases the blood flow by 100%. A table without vibration requires minimally 10 minutes of use just to get the patient to the point where effective traction on the disc can be produced. Vibration rapidly reduces the time required on the PSRT by half because it produces fatigue in the red tissues (muscles). The combination of inversion and vibration shortens office visits and dramatically improves the results! Patients will appreciate how quickly they become comfortable on the PSRT and the clinician will rapidly find this tool irreplaceable in working with difficult and chronic cases.

Vascular Health and the PSRT

Calf and thigh muscle action is required for venous blood return from the legs in the standing and/or lying person. The PSRT inclination for lumbar traction elevates the feet and legs, thereby reversing the downward effects of gravity on venous blood flow out of the legs and into the abdominal cavity. Additional blood in the abdominal cavity is beneficial to surround the spine so that spinal traction can pull more nutriment rich fluids into the discs. The combination of vibration and inversion will assist the patient in many ways other than the relief and rehabilitation of spinal problems.

We recommend the PSRT angle to initially be set at 10-15 degree and gradually build up to 30 degrees. Increased bloodflow has been shown to cleanse and stimulate the vascular systems’ endothelial lining to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator and is a regulator of blood-flow with proven beneficial effects on the cardiovascular, immune and nervous system, as well as spinal soft tissues, and is a powerful antioxidant.

The PSRT gravity-reversing table also exercises the heart muscle; especially the left ventricle. Therefore, it produces much more than lumbar disc and spinal rehabilitation.