Logical and Bio-Mechanical Healing Through Chiropractic
What is the Gonstead Technique?
The Gonstead System is the result of extensive clinical research by Clarence S. Gonstead, founder of the world famous Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin and his associates. 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 doctors of chiropractic. So why don’t all chiropractors use this technique? Because the analysis takes more time and mastering the art of delivering a specific adjustment takes a LOT of practice and dedication.
Where Did the Gonstead Technique Originate?
Clarence Selmer Gonstead created the technique and helped chiropractic care grow into the biomechanical science we know today. In the 1930s, the chiropractic profession was presided over by B. J. Palmer and his “Hole-In-One” upper cervical specific technique. During that era of history, the technical skills of a typical chiropractor coming out of school were rudimentary. Gonstead incorporated a logical and bio-mechanically sound system into the practice. He developed his own teachings on subluxations, x-ray usage, and adjusting bones. With the adoption of the Gonstead System by the Palmer School in the early 1960s, the technique helped the chiropractic profession restore the field’s full-spine roots.
What Happens When There is a Misalignment?
These misalignments can cause pressure on the discs which lie between the vertebrae and can be the result of several minor impacts or a single accident. Occasionally, vertebrae tilted or rotated out of their correct position can be too much for nature to correct and will need to be treated. In most cases, these are easily recognized by the chiropractor, especially those in the upper area of the vertebral column. The ability to recognize and correct these issues forms a major part of the Gonstead Technique. For instance, when the lower region of the spinal column is misaligned, the body attempts to keep itself upright and straight by compensating and causing a vertebra above to shift out of the correct position. If only the top misaligned vertebra is adjusted, it may not provide proper relief. For complete and long-term results, all of the misaligned vertebrae addressed.
What Happens During a Gonstead System Consultation?
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 other findings. Your chiropractor is an expert in looking for subtle changes in your posture and movement which could indicate any 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 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: X-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.