It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Burl R. Pettibon, DC, FABCS, FRCCM, on December 22, 2017, at his home in Chehalis, Washington. He was the founder of the Pettibon System of spinal biomechanics and the non-profit educational Pettibon Institute. Thousands of doctors of chiropractic have studied and implemented his insights.
Perhaps best known for his Body Weighting System, Pettibon was a champion of the “Six Sigma” management philosophy as applied to chiropractic. He demonstrated that the effectiveness of spinal adjustment and rehabilitation was both measurable and subject to continuous improvement. His vision encompassed a holistic approach to health care that integrates the adjustment, nutrition, related disciplines, and a commitment to patient involvement in the process. His legacy of healing, teaching, research, and writing will long survive in the memory of the thousands of patients for whom he cared, and the institution he created.
The practice of chiropractic is as much an art as it is a science, and Pettibon is perhaps best remembered for the humor and genius he brought to his seminars and trainings, illustrating medical principles with his unique metaphors and explanations that were his signature method of deriving solutions to difficult problems.
There are many giants in the field of chiropractic, and Burl Pettibon, DC, stands among them. He will be deeply missed. Requiescat in pace.
Source: Chiropractic Economics