David Durso, D.C.

David Durso, D.C.
Advanced Spine and Sport 501 Boston Post Road Liberty Square Plaza Orange, CT 06477

David Durso, D.C.

Dr. David Durso was raised in Orange, CT. He completed his undergraduate studies in biology at Southern Connecticut State University with a concentration in pre-medical studies. He holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic.

The foundation of Dr. Durso’s clinical practice comes from his extensive training with the Pettibon Biomechanics Institute. He helps individuals restore spinal health by using safe, hands-on adjustments and progressive rehabilitation procedures through the use of state-of-the-art- equipment. To his credit Dr. Durso has also studied and mastered the manipulation of soft tissue by using the sound assisted soft tissue mobilization technique (SASTM).

Dr. Durso uses a “whole person approach”. This approach to wellness means looking for underlying causes of any disturbance or disruption (which may or may not be causing symptoms at the time) and make whatever interventions and lifestyle adjustments that would optimize the conditions for normal function. Using this unique approach, Dr. Durso is able to help you to accelerate and/or maintain your journey to great health.

Spinal disks are 80% water. The body has a water rationing system when you are dehydrated. According to medical studies, 80% of Americans are dehydrated.

The first thing your body does is steal water out of your discs. After the body takes water out of your discs to protect itself, it then takes water out of your organs (usually affecting digestion). The third thing that happens is your body will steal water out of your nervous system which may lead to death. So in order to replenish and rehydrate the spinal discs, we have to push water back to that gradient so you have to be well hydrated.

Before you enter the office, you should have 16 ounces of water. While in the office, you will have another 16 ounces of water and when you leave, you will have another 16 ounces of water.

In addition to hydration, we have to make sure you hold onto the water that you drink. So right next to the hydration station is a himalayan salt solution. You’re going to have 2 ounces of this solution.


- Contains minerals to help balance the sodium-potassium pump= reduce muscle spasms.

- Helps you to hold onto all the water that you drank to ensure hydration of muscles and discs.

- The minerals replenish the adrenal glands or your energy glands.

n order to get to the underlying spinal structures (so that we can change the position of your spine, to take pressure off the nerves to restore energy to your organs) we have to get through all the muscles.

The first thing we do is called the vibration platform. You will stand on this for 4 minutes at a specific frequency.

-It engages all of the muscles which helps them to get a higher blood flow=warms muscles up and makes them flexible.

- Decreases spinal pain. It blocks pain receptors that are traveling to the brain through the spinal cord.

- It increases flexibility and range of motion throughout the entire body.

- It helps to increase bone density due to it being a weight bearing exercise.

- It helps to boost human growth hormone which is important in regeneration in the body.

- It decreases the stress hormone Cortisol. An increase in Cortisol causes blood sugar level problems, other hormonal problems, and an increase in adipose (fat) tissue especially in the abdomen= weight gain.

- It helps to move toxins out of the body by stimulating your lymph system. Your lymph system is kind of like the garbage dump in your body. It takes all of the waste and it flushes it out through your elimination channels. The more you vibrate, the more toxins are being eliminated and you will feel this with consistency.

- It enhances balance and coordination. It actually helps the bottom part of your brain called the cerebellum coordinate all your muscle movements.

- It increases blood oxygen/circulation. This is extremely important for brain function, especially the Cerebellum. It’s the most oxygen dependent part of your whole body so we need to push O2 to the brain for regeneration and make sure O2 gets to all of your cells so that the cells can go through cellular metabolism, which result in healing.

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Services How the Pettibon System Works

Humans develop, act and react in time and need to their environment under the direction and control of the nervous system. For Pettibon practitioners, humans’ functional spinal environment is gravity. And gravity is an absolute environment to which the upright spine and posture must develop and relate to.

The role that gravity plays in how abnormal spinal form develops is fundamental to Pettibon chiropractic principles. As Dr. Pettibon explains, “The nervous system always wants us to hold our heads upright. And the nervous system will do this at the expense of displacing the lower spine.”

Key Components:

Gravity is an absolute environment to which the upright spine and posture of humans must develop and relate.
Since gravity is an absolute, there has to be an absolute optimal position for the upright spine and posture.
The skull is a vertebra. It’s the only vertebra that knows its neurologically optimal position and has the ability to establish and maintain that posture.
The normal spine is composed of six opposing lever-arm units. The units’ division is based upon muscle attachment and function.
The global spine’s position relative to gravity is more important than its units or its segments.
Individual spinal vertebrae, with the exception of the skull-atlas, do not move out of normal position independent of their unit and become displaced without soft tissue compromise.
Posture is controlled neurologically. Righting reflexes and the cerebellum regulate the skull’s upright position—keeping the skull upright even at the expense of displacing the lower spine.
A less than optimum lateral and A-P spine and posture compromises spinal function.

The Pettibon Weighting System™

How then do Pettibon practitioners take these principles and put them into practice by re-aligning the spine so that it can function optimally in its upright position relative to gravity? They apply the science at the core of The Pettibon System: The patented Pettibon Weighting System.

The Pettibon Weighting System consists of specially designed head, shoulder and hip weights that patients wear for up to 20 minutes daily until the spine is corrected. The amount of weights and their placement depend upon the spinal displacement that needs to be corrected.

How the weights work: Wearing the weights alters the head’s, thoracic cage’s and pelvis’ centers of mass, causing the righting reflexes to send spine correcting sensory input to the nervous system. To balance the body to the weights, the nervous system’s innate organizing energy causes some involved spinal muscles to relax and others to contract, thereby repositioning and correcting the spine and posture relative to gravity. Additionally, the weights make the involved muscles do isometric exercises, needed to restore their strength, endurance and balance.

Why Isometric Exercises?

Two kinds of muscle fibers make up each muscle bundle of the musculoskeletal system. One is fast-twitch phasic muscle fiber. The other is slow-twitch postural muscle fiber. Muscle bundles have both types of fibers but usually one fiber type dominates a muscle group. Our postural muscles have mostly slow-twitch fiber.

In the gym, when we’re ‘pumping iron’ and doing aerobic exercises, we’re affecting fast-twitch muscle fiber or phasic fibers. What’s happening to our postural muscles? Not much. So exercises to strengthen phasic muscles don’t improve posture.

When phasic muscles fatigue and/or when they’re injured they go flaccid and collapse. Postural muscles react very differently from phasic muscles when they’re injured or fatigued: they spasm. And the way postural muscles spasm is rarely even, either side-to-side or front-to-back. That’s why poor posture distorts our appearance because our spine is no longer in a normal position. Isometric exercises, which involve pushing or pulling against a force that moves very slowly or doesn’t move at all, help eliminate postural muscle spasms as well as rehabilitate and correct their balance, strength, and endurance.

Soft Tissue Physiology & Function

There is, of course, much more to The Pettibon System. But before taking a closer look at a few key individual components and how they’re organized into a comprehensive system, let’s go over some physiological properties and function of soft tissue.

Here is just some of the things we treat:
Neck Pain
Frozen Shoulder
Elbow Tendonitis
Carpal Tunnel Symptoms
Wrist Pain
Disc herniation
Hip Pain
Low Back Pain
Nerve Entrapments
ITB Syndrome
Patella Tendonitis
Plantar Fasciitis
Shin Splints
Ankle Sprains
Achilles Tendonitis
Muscle Pain & Stiffness
Rotator Cuff Syndrome
Recreational Injuries
Headaches and Migraines

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