The Gonstead technique is a system of chiropractic used to analyze and care for the spine in an effective and specific way.
In dealing with the vertebral subluxation complex it is important for the Gonstead Chiropractor to thoroughly examine the spine before adjusting it. In order to give a specific adjustment, the Gonstead Chiropractor must first locate your specific areas of subluxations.
To further understand the condition of your spine, it is important to know the structure of it with an X-ray examination. This is helpful for evaluating for disease, fracture, posture, joint and disc position, and to help identify specific vertebrae that may be subluxated (misaligned).
Gonstead Chiropractors typically use an instrument called a Nervo-scope on your back. The Nervo-scope detects uneven distributions of heat along the spine which can be indicative of inflammation and nerve pressure. It helps the doctor easily find the subluxations. It feels like two fingers gliding down either side of your spinal column.
Visualization is a method of examination your Chiropractor has been specifically trained to do. Your Chiropractor can detect subtle changes in your posture, the way you walk, and the way that you position certain body parts such as your head, shoulders, and feet. This further helps identify the specific areas that may need to be adjusted.
This is the process of feeling your spine (palpating) in a stationary or static position. The Gonstead Chiropractor uses static palpation to locate areas of swelling, tenderness, temperature changes, and any abnormal texture or tightness in the muscles or tissues of your back.
Motion Palpation, different from Static Palpation, the Gonstead Chiropractor gently palpates your spine while moving it in different angles. This helps the doctor determine how each segment of your spine moves. Lack of movement is one sign of a subluxation.
After a complete analysis, the Gonstead practitioner is ready to deliver any necessary spinal adjustments. The focus of a Gonstead Chiropractor is to be as specific, precise, and accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas (subluxations). Great care is taken to ensure everything is positioned correctly and just the right amount of thrust that is required. This allows patients from infants, pregnant mothers, all the way up to our senior patients to appropriately be adjusted with just the right amount of thrust.