WHAT MAKES GONSTEAD CHIROPRACTIC DIFFERENT?
The Gonstead system is unique in its thorough and complete analysis of the spine and its specific approach to the adjustment.
WHAT IS GONSTEAD?
Dr Clarence S. Gonstead (1898-1978) was known as the “Chiropractor’s Chiropractor” due to the number of chiropractors who travelled from all over to come and learn from him. Dr Gonstead decided to become a chiropractor after chiropractic care enabled his body to overcome severe rheumatoid arthritis. Using his engineering background and extensive hours of research, studying X-rays and cadaver spines, he developed a detailed approach to analysing the spine and a specific approach to adjusting the cause. Read more about the history of Dr Gonstead here.
The Gonstead system consists of a thorough and accurate analysis of each individual vertebrae of the spinal column. The examination consists of instrumentation, static and motion palpation, visualisation, X-ray analysis (when necessary) and is followed by a specific adjustment that is required for each individual.
Gonstead doctors use an instrument known as a Nervoscope. This device picks up subtle temperature differences on either side of the spine which may be indicative of inflammation and nerve pressure. The two probes glide down either side of your spine and feel like two fingers running on your skin. This is an imperative part of our care as it gives an objective, unbiased view at your nerve system.
Not to see is to guess, and we don’t like to guess with your health. X-rays, when appropriate, offer a clear picture of your spine and its positioning and posture while standing up. This not only allows us to find any possible disease process (fracture, dislocation etc), but importantly allows us to assess the subluxation, and how your spine has positioned itself to try and compensate for it.