What is CBP

CBP is the most researched technique in the chiropractic profession and has shown potential to improve chronic pain conditions in several patient populations and selected case studies.
CBP Technique focuses on optimal posture and spinal alignment as the primary goals of chiropractic care while, documenting improvements in pain and functional based outcomes. The uniqueness of CBP treatment is in structural rehabilitation of the spine and posture.

In general the goals of CBP Care are:

  • Normal Spinal Alignment
  • Normal Function
    • Improved range of motion and quality of movement
    • improved muscle strength
  • Ideal Postural Alignment

The Harrison Spinal Model 

This model details both Ideal and Average geometric shapes for the curves of the spine from the side. The neck or cervical spine should have a geometric shape that approximates a ‘piece of a circle’. The ribcage or thoracic spine should have a geometric shape that approximates an oval-elliptical shape. And the low back or lumbar spine should have a geometric shape that approximates an oval-elliptical shape.


CBP protocols require that the doctor must measure the displacements on spinal radiographs (segmental Subluxation). Both lateral-side view and anterior to posterior (AP) or frontal view CBP x-ray line drawing procedures have been studied and found to be reliable. Furthermore, CBP utilizes standardized x-ray positioning procedures that have been studied and found to be reliable. In reality, the only way to see what an individuals spine alignment looks likes is to take an X-ray. 

History of Traction

From 1980-1986, Dr. Don Harrison and Dr. Glenn Harrison, originated several Mirror Image postural traction and cervical extension (backwards bending) traction methods to restore the sagittal cervical curve. From 1996-2000, several postural and spinal traction methods to restore thoracic and lumbar sagittal curvatures were developed by Dr. Deed Harrison; Dr. Don Harrison’s son. Postural mirror image and extension traction for the side view spinal curves provides sustained loading periods of 10-20 minutes and is necessary to cause visco-elastic deformation to the resting length of the spinal ligaments, muscles, and discs. In clinical controlled trials, extension traction, as done in CBP Technique, is the only proven method (without surgery) shown to consistently correct abnormal spinal curvatures back towards their normal alignment.
There are many types of spinal extension traction methods used in CBP Technique; some are more aggressive than others. There are also some forms of spinal extension traction that are available for patients to use at home. Each patient’s spine is unique, therefore a variety of traction devices are used depending upon the exact condition of the patient.

Treatment Methods

The CBP protocol of care recommends that relief care (traditional chiropractic management) be separated from structural rehabilitation of the spine and posture. In this regard, the typical patient would receive an initial 3 weeks of care (4 times per week or 12 visits) aimed at improving overall spinal range of motion and pain. Treatment methods would consist of any number of segmental adjusting techniques the chiropractor prefers to utilize (Diversified, Gonstead, Activator, etc…).

After, the initial relief care examination (average 12 visits), CBP structural rehabilitation procedures would begin and include Mirror Image exercises, adjustments, and traction (referred to as the E.A.T protocol). Unlike the relief care phase which includes segmental adjusting procedures from other named techniques, the E.A.T corrective care protocol is unique to CBP. In combination, these “E.A.T.” methods are unique to CBP Technique.

The frequency and duration of further care recommended to the patient at the 36 visit re-evaluation depends on their improvement in both structural and functional based outcomes. At that time post x-rays are taken of the patient to compare their new structural alignment to their initial visit. Over time as spinal alignment corrects, patient's frequency will decrease until the ideal spinal alignment is reached. At that time the doctor and patient can discuss continued wellness care to maintain their correction.

Any and all descriptive information regarding the CBP technique has been adapted from website for the Chiropractic Biophysics technique, IdealSpine. For more information on the technique and its founder, feel free to visit their website.



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