Dr. Clarence Gonstead developed a system of how to systematically detect and correct these subluxations, thus helping patients with a variety of health conditions, where other methods routinely came up short.
The Gonstead System is a system of analysis and adjusting. Meaning, it is a two step process. An examination and spinal analysis must be performed before automatically adjusting the spine.
Involves looking at one’s posture, and also being able to observe any changes to the skin, musculature, or contour of the spine. As you can imagine, this would be very difficult to accomplish through layers of clothing, this would be like going to a foot doctor and having them analyze your foot through your shoe!
This is one of the reasons that a Gonstead clinic is setup in such a way that the doctor is able to assess the patient with a “skin on skin” approach. This involves a comfortable customized gown that opens in the back to expose the surface of the spine.
Involves the use of a handheld instrument that measures temperature on each side of the spine. This instrument is guided down the length of your back and it feels like two fingers touching your skin. Readings from this instrument provide another piece of information to the clinician as to exactly where the patient’s problem exists, as well as WHEN it is appropriate to or to not adjust the patient. The instrument is adjustable to fit any size spine, from newborn , to the eldery.
The process of feeling the tissues surrounding the spine by hand. Palpation can reveal swelling around the spine, abnormal muscle tone, and other signs that help the doctor determine exactly where a problem could lie. This also is very difficult to accurately perform through a layer of clothing, another reason for our unique setup, to enable a precise evaluation, every visit.
The process of feeling the spine while the patient is moving or bending to determine how easily or difficult each segment in your spine is moving in various directions.
Involves looking at specific x-rays to help put all of the pieces of this puzzle together. The x-ray will help explain why certain findings were present upon examination, and will provide the best mechanical approach to correcting these problems.
So, that’s the process of the analysis. This is done on every visit. As a skilled Gonstead Chiropractor becomes more familiar with their patient, this entire process takes less than a minute.