Gonstead Technique

Named after its developer, Dr. Clarence Gonstead, this approach came from his engineering background. His “foundation principle” explains how a subluxation pattern in one area of the spine can produce compensatory changes in another.

A Thorough Evaluation

Meter Image
The two probes detect minute differences in temperature up and down your spine.

After studying your health history, we conduct a complete examination. This generally includes full spine X-rays and precise analysis. Using a small heat-sensing instrument, subluxation patterns are revealed by slight differences in temperature. Finally, we use our fingertips to “palpate” or feel the location of individual bones and how they may differ from their normal position.

Full Spine Correction

With a complete picture of your spine it’s time to make the needed corrections.

To adjust your lower spine and pelvis, we’ll have you lie on your side. Subluxations in the middle back are corrected as you assume a comfortable kneeling position. When you are seated, we can restore the integrity of your spine without twisting or rotating your neck.

Sometimes you’ll hear a slight “popping” sound that we call cavitation. Sometimes you won’t. Either way, better health is on the way!

Safe and Effective

The Gonstead Technique is acknowledged as one of the safest systems of evaluating and caring for the spine.




Gonstead Adjusting Equipment

The Hilo

Hilo Table Image
The HiLO table is a mechanically assisted table that pivots from a vertical to a horizontal position. With movable segments of the table (drop pieces) this table allows us to adjust any aspect of the spine in the prone (face down) position with the least pressure possible.


The Knee Chest Table

Knee Chest Table Image
The knee chest table is used to adjust everything from the pelvis to the upper neck. It works well for late term pregnant patients, people with rib injuries such as fractures that cannot lay on a solid surface and for the more solid patients that do not adjust well on the pelvic bench or hilo.

The Cervical Chair

Cervical Chair Image
This is used to examine the patient in a weight bearing position. This is used to adjust the cervical vertebra.

The Pelvic Bench

Pelvic Bench Image
The pelvic bench is used to adjust the ilium (hips), the sacrum (tailbone that connects onto both hips to form the sacroiliac joints) and the lumbar vertebrae. The pelvis side posture adjustment is also unique to the Gonstead Method.

The Adjustment

X-Ray Image
To the correct the subluxation we then do a spinal adjustment. This involves a light force and quick thrust to adjust the bone in a specific direction to get pressure off the nerve.

Innate Intelligence

Once the subluxation is corrected through the adjustment the nerve is no longer under pressure. The NORMAL flow of that nerve is restored and the body has an ability to heal itself. It always wants to work at 100% and by enabling the nervous system to function properly the body can heal itself. This is known as innate intelligence.

The Gonstead Adjustment

After a complete evaluation your chiropractor will have a thorough understanding of your problem. It is then possible to provide a SPECIFIC, ACCURATE and PRECISE correction. The focus is to adjust the segments that are the cause of the problem. The Gonstead system of analysis and correction allows the adjustment to be safe and effective in restoration of the spine and nervous system. It is important to have you spine checked on a regular basis and not left until you experience a symptom or pain. This will help maintain optimum health via proper spinal function. The conditions used in the Gonstead system of analysis help determine if certain adjustments are required. There may be times where your Gonstead chiropractor, once they have examined you, decide that an adjustment is not required.

Did you know only 10% of the nervous system actually experiences pain? This means you can still have health problems even when you are pain free. Therefore, it is always good to maintain your health through regular chiropractic check-ups.

Gonstead Chiropractic involves a specific correction of the subluxation- this is known as an adjustment. The adjustment is very different from a manipulation.

Below is a table that highlights the major difference



Non specific “global” movement to multiple vertebral joints in multiple directions Specific Contact point with a specific angle to restore normal mechanics and ONE joint
Performed to increase mobility Performed to reduce irritation to a specific nerve
Contacts several joints Contacts one specific joint, not aggravating other joints.
Long leaver contacts Short leaver
Performed at end range of movement Performed in normal/ neutral range of motion
Short Term relief Long term relief


Lazarus Chiropractic, Inc.

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