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Over the years since Chiropractic was discovered in 1895, by D. D. Palmer, there have arisen many techniques to adjust the spine or musculature, while others focus on nutrition, P.T., or body energy.

The modern Gonstead Chiropractor adjusts the spine and extremities as their primary focus, but with emphasis on nutrition and exercise which complements the overall goal to restore normal nerve function and subsequent health.


Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead practiced for 55 years in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, where he developed his technique while delivering over four million adjustments during his career.  This accumulated knowledge resulted in the most complete method of biomechanical analysis available for use by today’s Doctor of Chiropractic.  So why don’t all Chiropractors use this technique?  Because the analysis takes more time and mastering the art of delivering a specific adjustment takes a LOT of time and dedication.

The Gonstead Concept of Chiropractic begins with a basic biomechanical principle of physics.  The foundation of a structure (in our case the spine) is important in securing its integrity and durability.  A slight change or shift in the foundation can cause a significant deviation in the upper parts of the structure and ultimately its collapse.

In the human body, the pelvic girdle makes up the foundation for the spine, and when level, there will be maximum balance and stability.  If there is any misalignment of the pelvic area or vertebrae in the spine that are rotated or tilted from their normal position, significant changes can occur in the body.

Nature has a way of self-correcting some of these misalignments through stretching or exercising, but sometimes the disc between the vertebrae can be injured, become swollen, and in time, become degenerated.  One often hears this referred to as a herniated, slipped, or ruptured disc.  The Chiropractic term for this is SUBLUXATION when it results in a pinching of the nerves that exits the spine between two vertebrae.  These compressed nerves interfere with the normal transmission of impulses to the section of the body controlled by these nerves and may result in a long list of health conditions or pain in the involved area. 

One of the unique factors of the Gonstead Adjustment is aimed at the correction of the vertebrae on its disc.  Not just the posterior joints of the bone you may hear popping while stretching or exercising.


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.

  1. Visualization - this 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.
  2. Instrumentation - this is a heat-sensing instrument that 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.
  3. Static Palpation - the process of feeling (or palpating) your spine in a stationary position.  Your Chiropractor will feel for the presence of swelling/edema, tenderness, and any abnormal texture or tightness in the muscles and other tissues of your back.
  4. 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.
  5. X-Ray Analysis - X-Ray films enable your doctor to visualize the entire structure of your spine.  This is helpful in evaluating posture, joint and disc integrity, vertebral misalignments and ruling out any pathologies, or 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.