Gonstead is considered one of the safest techniques used in chiropractic care. It allows the option of adjusting pregnant women, the elderly, and children. The Gonstead System is unique because it’s a specific, complete method that focuses on thoroughly analyzing and treating the spine. A Gonstead chiropractor can address the entire spine when they are evaluating it for the presence of spinal misalignments.
Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead developed a unique approach to applying chiropractic care. The doctor’s extensive experience treating over one million patients at his Gonstead chiropractic clinic allowed him to develop and refine the Gonstead System, which is still taught and practiced by chiropractors all over the world to this day.
A chiropractor at a Gonstead chiropractic clinic will conduct a thorough biomechanical analysis of a spine using five criteria that will help them to detect vertebral subluxation.
X-rays allow a chiropractor to visualize the entire structure of the spine, which is very helpful in evaluating a patient’s condition for vertebral misalignments, disc integrity, joint integrity, posture, fractures, and any disease processes.
The nervoscope is the instrument of choice for the Gonstead method and it’s used by doctors of chiropractic medicine to detect the uneven distribution of heat along the structure of the spine. Heat can indicate nerve pressure and inflammation.
Static palpation is the process of palpating or feeling the spine in a static or stationary position. A chiropractor will feel along the spine, searching for any tightness, abnormal texture, tenderness, or the presence of swelling.
Motion palpation involves feeling the spine while bending or moving the spine in a variety of angles. This allows chiropractic health care professionals to determine how difficult or easily each segment of the spine can move in different directions.
This method is used to cross-reference the other findings. A chiropractor can look for any type of subtle changes in a patient’s movement and posture which may indicate problems.
After the complete analysis, one of our health care providers will be ready to perform the necessary spinal adjustments. The focus of this method is to be as accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas. Great care and precision is taken to make sure a precise thrust and the mechanically correct position are provided, for the most painless and accurate adjustment possible. The goal of treatment is to maintain and restore maximum health by identifying and correcting any interference with the nervous system that has been caused by vertebral subluxation. Regular treatment can help a patient to reach their health goals and can prevent injuries in the future.
At Foundations Spine and Well-Necessities, our experienced and knowledgeable Gonstead chiropractors can provide effective, painless spinal adjustments and chiropractic care that can instantly provide pain relief and improve discomfort, mobility, and range of motion. If you’d like to schedule an appointment at our Gonstead chiropractic clinic, contact our office to speak with one of our experienced team members and learn how our team of providers utilize natural health care treatments that will help you achieve optimum health.