Gonstead Chiropractic Technique
Named for creator Dr. Clarence Gonstead, the Gonstead Chiropractic Technique is a method of chiropractic care that was pioneered around the mid-20th century. Dr. Gonstead developed a world famous Clinic of Chiropractic in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin and delivered over four million chiropractic adjustments. His devotion and research resulted in a complete method of biomechanical analysis and it is the means by which modern chiropractors adopt technology and advanced methods to improve the overall quality of healthcare they provide.
The Gonstead Adjustment
After a complete analysis, the Gonstead chiropractor is ready to deliver any necessary adjustments. The focus of the Gonstead adjustment is to be as specific, precise and accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas (areas of subluxation or nerve interference). Great care is taken to ensure a bio-mechanically correct position and precise thrust to provide the most accurate adjustment possible using different Gonstead technique tables and chiropractor hand placements in particular. It is the goal of your Gonstead doctor to restore and maintain optimal health by locating and correcting any interference to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxation.
“Find the subluxation, accept it where you find it, correct it and leave it alone.”
– C.S. Gonstead
About the Gonstead Chiropractic Technique
Visualization — Visualization is a way to cross-reference all the other findings. Your chiropractor is an expert in looking for subtle changes in your posture and the movement of each vertebral segment.
Instrumentation — The instrument of choice in the Gonstead System is the Nervoscope. (Description listed below)
Static Palpation — This is simply the process of feeling (or palpating) your spine in a stationary (or static) position. Your chiropractor will feel for the presence of swelling (or edema), tenderness and any abnormal texture or tightness in the muscles and other tissues of your back.
Motion Palpation — This process involves feeling the spine while in motion, moving and bending. This enables the chiropractor to determine how easily or difficult each segment in your spine moves in different ranges of motion.
X-Ray Analysis — X-ray films enable your doctor to visualize the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating posture, joint and disc integrity, vertebral misalignments and ruling out any pathologies or fractures that may be present or contributing to the practice members’ condition. These full-spine radiographs are taken in the standing, weight-bearing position to fully substantiate the examination findings.
The instrument of choice in the Gonstead System is the Nervoscope. The Nervoscope detects uneven distributions of heat along the spine that can be indicative of inflammation, nerve pressure, or irritation. This instrument is guided down the length of your back and feels like two fingers gliding down each side of your spine.