There are many different chiropractic techniques to choose from. How do I know if the Gonstead method is right for me?
Like other chiropractic techniques, the Gonstead method uses non-invasive, hands-on manipulation; however, the Gonstead chiropractor goes beyond what many chiropractors consider a spinal assessment by conducting a thorough analysis of the spine using very specific criteria to detect the presence of the vertebral subluxation (a spinal misalignment that affects the rest of the body). Through visualisation (looking for subtle changes in posture or movement), feeling the patient’s spine in static and dynamic positions, x-ray analysis, and the use of an instrument called a Nervoscope, which measures heat on the spine to uncover any signs of inflammation, specific areas of subluxation can be determined and verified; for instance, an x-ray can verify the problem area found with the practitioner’s hands.
The examination and treatment begin with a discussion of the patient’s case history; your practitioner wants to know the problems or discomforts you’re experiencing, and if you’ve had auto accidents, falls or other traumas to your body in the past. An x-ray is done to allow your chiropractor to view the structure and condition of your spine, and look for signs of disease, fracture and what position the vertebrae are in so that adjustments can be specific and effective once the problem is detected. Done by hand, Gonstead adjustments are safe and gentle, and never forced; they are precise, biomechanically accurate and well-researched.
With eight years of college and chiropractic education, along with hundreds of hours of classroom and practical training, Gonstead chiropractors are well educated in the teachings and applications of this technique and case-management system, which can prove effective in helping a wide range of health problems like ear infections, headaches, numbness and high blood pressure.