"I would recommend anyone who is suffering to visit a “Gonstead Chiropractor.” I am very happy with the benefits I have enjoyed at South Point Chiropractic."
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.
Visualization 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.
Instrumentation 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.
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