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
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.
WHAT YOU WILL SEE IN OUR OFFICE
Gonstead Adjusting Equipment
The Knee Chest Table
The Cervical Chair
The Pelvic Bench
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|