The “Gonstead Chiropractor”
The Gonstead System of chiropractic care was developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead
of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin beginning in 1923.
As a mechanical engineer, Dr. Gonstead looked at the body and spine with an engineer's eye. He refined his unique system over a 55-year period and developed a unique methodology based on proper biomechanical principles and the importance of a "level foundation" for the spine.
Because of his incredible results (especially with so-called "hopeless" cases), so many people came to
Dr. Gonstead's clinic, that he eventually built the largest chiropractic clinic in the world! In order to accomodate the patients coming from all over the world, he built a hotel next to the clinic and a landing strip for airplanes. It's hard to argue with that kind of success!
The Gonstead Method focuses on making the examination and adjustment as specific to each patient as possible.
Initial examinations include taking your history, instrumentation, static palpation, motion palpation, neurological testing and often times, full spine x-rays taken in the standing, weight bearing position. Necessity of x-rays is determined during the functional examination. Lastly, the patient receives a very specific hands-on adjustment.
We'll also let you know if and when we need to see you for your next adjustment.
What is the Gonstead Method?
Research has shown that rotational movement is especially damaging to spinal discs. Dr. Gonstead knew this and developed a technique that does not involve twisting the spine. He also developed the "Principle of Specificity" - finding exactly which one or two spinal bones were causing the problem.
When they are individually adjusted, the body can then compensate and begin to heal itself. If a doctor "popped" every one of your spinal joints, how could you ever know where your problem was? Wouldn't you rather FIX the problem?
By using his or her hands as adjusting tools, the Gonstead chiropractor is better able to sense the relaxation of the patient and to control the direction and amplitude of the adjustment needed for each individual patient. No mechanical instrument can match the sensitivity of feel or timing of an applied force from a skilled chiropractor's hands.