Gonstead represents the ultimate standard in “hands-on” spinal adjusting, and remains a leader in the chiropractic techniques. This technique supports the belief that there is no substitute for analyzing or correcting spinal misalignments other than the skilled hands of a trained professional.
Gonstead has a long history of success. Back in 1923, Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead began practicing chiropractic in the small town of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. He established the Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic in 1964 and developed the Gonstead method. Before his death in 1978, he had built the largest chiropractic facility in the world, eventually teaching his technique to thousands of chiropractors. It’s still alive and thriving today.
With over 300 hours of post graduate training in the Gonstead method, Dr. Grimes has treated thousands of patients over his seventeen year career using the specificity of the Gonstead technique to adjust families of all ages. The youngest patient Dr. Grimes has ever adjusted was 6 hours old and the oldest was 95 years of age.
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 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.
- 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-rays enable your doctor to visualize the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating posture, joint, and disc integrity, checking for vertebral misalignments, and ruling out any 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.
The Gonstead Adjustment
After a complete analysis, the Gonstead chiropractor is ready to deliver any necessary adjustments. The focus of the Gonstead adjustment is to be as specific, precise, and accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas (areas of subluxation). Great care is taken to ensure a bio-mechanically correct position and precise thrust to provide the most accurate and painless adjustment possible. It is the goal of your Gonstead doctor to restore and maintain optimal health by locating and correcting any interference to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxation.
Find the subluxation, accept it where you find it, correct it and leave it alone.
– C.S. Gonstead