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Gonstead Therapy


Many techniques are identified by the name of the person who was the most instrumental in their development. Interestingly enough, one of the most advanced and scientificChiropractic methods is a technique called:

The Gonstead System

Gonstead procedures are the result of extensive clinical research by Clarence S.Gonstead, founder of the world famous Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic in Mount Horeb, WI. Doctor Gonstead’s fifty-five years of continuous practice and over four million chiropractic adjustments resulted in the most complete method of biomechanical analysis available for use by today’s chiropractic doctors. So why don’t all chiropractors use this technique? Acquiring thorough knowledge of this practice and mastering these techniques takes years of education and full-hearted dedication that most chiropractors don’t have the patience for.

The “Gonstead” Chiropractor

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 – Visualization is a way to cross reference all the chiropractor’s findings. Your chiropractor is an expert in looking for subtle changes in your posture and movement, which could indicate possible problems.

Instrumentation – 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 any swelling (or edema), tenderness, or abnormal textures that may be of a problem to your health.

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 – X-rays enable your doctor to visualize the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating posture, joint, and disc integrity, and vertebral misalignments. This will also enable the doctor to rule out any pathologies, or recent fractures that may be present or contributing to the patient’s condition. Full-spine radiographs are taken in the standing, weight-bearing position to fully substantiate the chiropractor’s examination findings.

The Gonstead Adjustment

After a complete analysis, the Gonstead chiropractor is ready to deliver any necessary adjustments. The main focus of the Gonstead adjustment is to be as specific, precise, and accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas (areas of subluxation). 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.