Gonstead Chiropractic was named after its founder and developer - Dr Clarence Gonstead. He spent over 50 years to perfect this style of practice which includes a System to analyse the spine and a Technique to adjust the patient.
Dr. Gonstead recognized that every patient is unique with specific problems and must not be given the same course of ‘treatment’. That being said, his method of analyzing, adjusting, and management of each spine allows the Gonstead Chiropractor to 'do the least to achieve the most', meaning - fixing only what is necessary.
Over the years since 1923, Gonstead Chiropractic became and remained the pinnacle of all chiropractic techniques. Dr. Gonstead himself even became known as the chiropractor's chiropractor because of his level of skill in locating and correcting problems found along the spine.
The spine is the anatomical framework of the entire body. It houses the spinal cord which connects the brain to every other part of the body such as muscles, skin, and internal organs. The spine contains smaller individual segments called vertebrae.
Should a problem (subluxation) occur at any segment along the spine, that segment (the foundation) and the entire structure above it will be affected. Pain or discomfort may be felt or referred at a site distant to the problem
The body can't function optimally without a strong foundation, much like a building becoming unstable or unsafe without a proper foundation.
The goal of a Gonstead Chiropractor is to locate the exact problems (the causes) and adjust them only. There is absolutely no reason to "fix" what is not "broken".
The Gonstead Chiropractic System of Analysis consists of 6 essential steps that allow the Gonstead Chiropractor to locate problematic areas along your spine. Swipe through the slides to learn what they are.
Once the problem is found, the adjustment can be carried out. The Gonstead Chiropractor will use one of the 3 pieces of equipment unique only to the Gonstead Technique. These consists of a pelvic bench, knee-chest table, and cervical chair.
The use of these equipment allows the hands-on adjustment to be adapted and specific to any body type. The adjustment is a gentle push to correct the bone position and adjacent joint function.