The EAT Protocol

A plan for permanently correcting your posture. It involves three things: exercise, adjustment, and traction.


“Hi, I’m Dr. Betty Callen and today I’m going to tell you what it takes to actually permanently correct your posture. It does take three things and we call it the EAT protocol: exercise, adjustment, and traction.

The purpose of doing exercises is to strengthen and stabilize the muscle properties surrounding the spine. The exercises we teach you to do are very specific to your x-rays, and off of your x-rays we determine what type of spinal movements needs to happen. These are called isometric contraction exercises and these exercises we want you to integrate into your daily activities. On top of the exercises, the next thing is adjustments. The purpose of the chiropractic adjustment in our office, is to retrain your brain on how it’s thinking about positioning in space. It’s a big fancy word called proprioception. Proprioception is how your body perceives space; and when we do the chiropractic adjustment in our office there is no twisting or cracking, it’s all about vibrating the joints to take pressure off your nerves and stimulating proprioceptors. So when your body is pushed into the opposite posture and we stimulate the nervous system over and over again, your brain gets a different positioning of space. So then you don’t have to think about moving your posture, it just will start doing it on its own. On top of that adjustment, then we need to do something called mechanical traction. So traction is bypassing the muscles, getting to the thick band of ligament, so we can create a permanent change to that spinal structure. Over a period of time of stretching the ligament, your body will repair the tissue and make it a brand new structure.

So we’ve got exercise to strengthen the muscles, adjustment to rewire the way your brain is thinking about your posture, and then mechanical traction to make those permanent changes. Doing the combination of those three things is how we can permanently change the structure, take the pressure off your nervous system, allow your body to heal itself, keep you out of pain, and get you back to doing the things you love to do in life as you age.”

*Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed and vary from person to person

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