Discover Chiropractic – The Gonstead System


What is Gonstead Chiropractic?

The Gonstead System of Chiropractic is a very specific and thorough tecnhique for assessing and correcting the spine. Gonstead Chiropractic is suited to everyone from infants to the elderly.

What can you expect from your Gonstead Chiropractor?

A Gonstead Chiropractor is a holistic and natural health care provider that cares for YOU – the whole person. Since your nerves are responsible for the correct growth and function of all the different parts of your body, your Gonstead Chiropractor will look primarily to your nervous system for reasons why you are in pain, sickness or dis-ease. Rest assured though, we will also care for foot, ankle, knee, elbow and jaw problems as well!

Why Gonstead?

Gonstead Chiropractic stays true to the original principle and philosophy of Chiropractic care. Chiropractic has always been an art form combined with the same scientific and researched human anatomy, physiology and biomechanics that all modern health professions follow with specific respect given to the relationship between the skeleton and the nervous system and the body’s inborn ability to heal.

Gonstead identified the safest and most efficient way to correct spinal dysfunction whilst respecting the body’s natural movements and function. He created a system of assessment and correction that makes the least correction with the greatest result.

All of our Doctors here have dedicated many years to studying the specific, technical and thorough Gonstead approach in order to deliver the most effective adjustment for each individual patient.

History of Gonstead

clarence-gonsteadThere are many techniques used by Chiropractors, the Gonstead method is one of them. Developed by the man himself, Dr Clarence S. Gonstead (1898-1978) had an ambition to design a Chiropractic system that involves a very specific spinal analysis followed by a very specific spinal adjustment. With over 55 years of clinical practice, Dr Gonstead conducted extensive clinical research, on top with his dedication and passion for Chiropractic, the Gonstead Chiropractic method was developed.

Today, many consider the Gonstead Chiropractic method as the ultimate standard in hands on spinal adjustment. 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 practice and dedication.


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.


Visualization — Visualization 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.

Instrumentation — The instrument of choice in the Gonstead System is the Nervoscope. The Nervoscope 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.

Static Palpation — This is simply the process of feeling (or palpating) your spine in a stationary (or static) position. Your chiropractor will feel for the presence of swelling (or edema), tenderness and any abnormal texture or tightness in the muscles and other tissues of your back.

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.

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.

The Gonstead Adjustment – After a complete analysis, the Gonstead chiropractor is ready to deliver any necessary adjustments. The focus of the Gonstead adjustment is to be as specific, precise and accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas (areas of subluxation). Great care is taken to ensure a bio-mechanically correct position and precise thrust to provide the most accurate and painless adjustment possible. It is the goal of your Gonstead doctor to restore and maintain optimal health by locating and correcting any interference to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxation.

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“Find the subluxation, accept it where you find it, correct it and leave it alone.” – C.S. Gonstead