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Gonstead Chiropractic

Gonstead Chiropractic

September 27th, 2017


The Gonstead system is the result of extensive clinical research by Clarence S. Gonstead. His continuous research and practice resulted in the most complete method of biomechanical analysis available for use by today’s chiropractors. Not all chiropractors use this technique though – because it takes considerably more time and dedication to master the art of the Gonstead system.

A Gonstead chiropractor’s service goes beyond what many chiropractors consider spinal assessment, by utilizing five criteria to detect the presence of the vertebral subluxation complex.  The five criteria are as follows.

This is a way to cross reference all of the chiropractor’s findings. Your chiropractor is an expert in looking for subtle changes in the body, specifically in posture and movement.

The instrument of choice in the Gonstead System is the Nervoscope, which detects uneven distribution of heat along the spine which can indicate inflammation and nerve pressure. When the instrument is guided down the length of the back, the patient feels a sensation that feels similar the two fingers gliding down each side of the spine.

Static Palpation
This is the process of feeling the spine in a stationary position. The chiropractor will feel for any swelling, tenderness, or abnormal textures in the tissues of the back.

Motion Palpation
This is the process of feeling the spine while it is moving or bending at various angles. This will allow your chiropractor to determine how easily or difficulty your spine is able to move.

X-Ray Analysis
By taking x-rays, your chiropractor can visualize the entire structure of your spine. This will help them to evaluate posture, joint and disc integrity, misalignments, and rule out any injuries or pathogens that may be causing an issue.

When combined, these critera make up the Gonstead System of chiropractic care. Because a Gonstead chiropractor goes through additional training and development, you will know that you are in the best care for your spine and back health.

January 23rd, 2016

According to survey data, there is an increasing number of chiropractic patients under the age of 17. Studies are also starting to show that chiropractic care can help children with varied issues such as asthma, chronic ear infections, colic, bedwetting, and nursing difficulties. Many parents bring their newborns to see a chiropractor as a preventative and holistic treatment, as chiropractors can help babies  to nurse properly, sleep better, and have healthy digestive functioning.

Chiropractors treat patients of all age groups, with a variety of health conditions. Although chiropractors are well known for caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches, they also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. They do so on the understanding that the benefits of chiropractic care can extend to general health issues via the nervous system.

With its emphasis on care giving without the use of medicines or surgery, people are increasingly considering having chiropractic treatment of their children's ailments. Chiropractic adjustments are specific to the body size, gender, stature and age of the patient, among other considerations. While numerous patients may have the same disorder, chiropractors understand that they will not necessarily progress in the same manner. Each patient, therefore, is treated on an individual basis and they are studied and analyzed as such.

The Gonstead System of Chiropractic was established in 1923. Like all other chiropractors, Gonstead Doctors complete a 5 year University Degree and Masters in Chiropractic Sciences. One of the things that sets them apart, however, is that they then intern for a further year and are required to attend several seminars in the US annually in order to maintain standards.

Gonstead adjustments are safe for application on young infants and children, because the movements are very specific. The Gonstead system allows for the greatest possible effectiveness and safety in regards to all patients, regardless of size or age.

July 31st, 2015


Neck pain can be caused by a multitude of factors from trauma, like whiplash or a fall, to postural problems arising from too much sitting. Arthritis, problems with circulation and other pathologies can also play a part. In rare cases, neck pain is a symptom of a more serious condition, and patients will be referred to a medical specialist. 

A good chiropractor will ask about previous injuries and other parts of the spine and limbs as well as lifestyle factors. Posture, lack of exercise, and diet play a part in the body’s ability to deal with pain and stay flexible.  Acute neck problems may feature painful muscle spasms that prevent the head from turning. This sudden locking can be extremely distressing but will usually respond well to treatment. 

The practitioner will observe and palpate for swelling, and assess the quality and range of spinal movements. Findings will differ from patient to patient and influence the treatment plan. 

No two patients will receive the same treatment, even for the same diagnosis. However, a visit to a chiropractor will often include joint mobilisation. Gonstead chiropractors take postgraduate courses to learn these low-torsion techniques. Work on soft tissues, such as stretching and massage will address inflammation and muscle spasm. Care of the patient includes advice on posture and activities, whether its encouragement to explore White Rock’s many parks, a change of pillow or taking that lead-yanking dog in one of South Surrey’s off-leash areas! 

Dr Mark Prii is the only Gonstead Chiropractor in White Rock, South Surrey and Delta area.  Call for an appointment today!

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