The Gonstead Method is one of the safest methods of chiropractic, allowing the option of adjusting children, pregnant women, and also the elderly. The Gonstead System is unique because it is thorough, complete and specific in both analyzing and treating the spine. The Gonstead practitioner addresses your entire spine when evaluating for the presence of vertebral subluxations (spinal mis-alignments producing nerve interference or irritation) which cause ill health.
Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead practiced chiropractic from 1923 until 1978. Using his background in mechanical engineering and extensive hours spent studying cadaver spines, he developed a unique approach to applying chiropractic care. His application brought him both national and international acclaim. Dr. Gonstead’s brilliant mind and lifelong experience of treating over one million patients enabled him to develop and refine his technique which is now taught and practiced by doctors of chiropractic all over the world.
The Gonstead chiropractor conducts a thorough analysis of your spine using five criteria to detect the presence of the vertebral subluxation complex.
Instrumentation - The instrument of choice in the Gonstead System is the Nervoscope. The Nervoscope detects uneven distribution of heat along the spine which can be indicative of inflammation and nerve pressure. This instrument is guided down the length of your back and feels two fingers gliding down each side of your spine.
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 moving or bending it at various angles. This enable the chiropractor to enable the chiropractor to determine how easily or difficult each segment in your spine moves in different directions.
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 movement which could indicate any problems.
X-Ray Analysis - If needed, X-Ray films enable your doctor to visualize the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating for any disease processes, fracture, posture, joint and disc integrity and vertebral mis-alignments.