Gonstead System

Dr. GonsteadThe Gonstead Method of chiropractic care was developed by Clarence S. Gonstead of Mt Horeb, Wisconsin beginning in 1923. He refined his unique system over a 55 year period.

Dr. Clarence S Gonstead developed acute rheumatoid arthritis when he was young. His doctor happened to be J. B. Olson, a chiropractor. Olson came to the house to care for Gonstead and after a series of adjustments and rest, he could walk again. It was a life changing event for Gonstead.

Dr Gonstead, prior to becoming a Chiropractor, had worked in the field of engineering. This background gave him a unique perspective when studying and analyzing the human frame. Along with his unparalleled work ethics, desire to constantly improve, and understanding of spinal biomechanics in relation to the nervous system, led to the development of the most scientific and biomechanically sound chiropractic technique in the world. Gonstead Chiropractic has the most objective and thorough patient evaluation found in chiropractic. There are five criteria that are utilized to evaluate every patient on every visit. The five criteria are visualization, instrumentation, static palpation, motion palpation, and x-ray analysis.

In Gonstead Chiropractic each and every patient is given a unique and specific adjustment to meet their unique individual needs. The Gonstead specific adjustment is performed without introducing rotation or twisting of the spine and soft tissues which are known to potentially lead to injury. The focus of the Gonstead adjustment is to be as specific, precise and accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas. Great care is taken to ensure a bio-mechanically correct position and precise thrust to provide the most accurate and painless adjustment possible. 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.

The "Gonstead Five Criteria"

The Gonstead Chiropractor goes beyond what many chiropractors consider a spinal assessment by conducting a thorough analysis of your spine using five criteria to detect the presence of the vertebral subluxation complex.

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.

The instrument of choice in the Gonstead System is the Nervoscope. The Nervoscope detects uneven distributions 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 like 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 and bending it at various angles. This enables the chiropractor to determine how easily or difficult each segment in your spine moves in different directions.

X-Ray Analysis
Gonstead System X-rayx-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 recent fractures that may be present or contributing to the patient’s condition. These full-spine radiographs are taken in the standing, weight-bearing position to fully substantiate the examination findings.

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