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Tools for your Chiropractor: Gonstead Chiropractic Technique

This technique used by your chiropractor combines biomechanics and physics

The Gonstead technique incorporates the principles of biomechanics and physics. Founded by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead, it focuses on the important role of a solid “foundation” and plays in supporting any structure. In the human body, our foundation is our pelvic girdle—the skeletal area consisting of pelvis, hip bones, and lower back bones. If the pelvic girdle or any vertebrae are moved out of proper position, negative conditions called


Subluxations can often occur.

The ability to recognize and directly target not just these Subluxations, but resulting misalignments as well, forms an integral part of the Gonstead Concept. If a lower portion of the spinal column suffers a Subluxation, the human body tries to compensate in order to maintain balance and posture. This can result in additional vertebrae becoming misaligned.

Gonstead begins with in-depth assessment

When applying the Gonstead Principles, we conduct an extremely thorough spinal assessment thorough analysis of five criteria to detect Subluxations:


We look for subtle abnormalities in your posture and body movement to help identify any problems.


Static Palpation 
We are trained to feel or “palpate” your spine while it is stationary or “static.” Often, this can reveal swelling or “edema”, tenderness, and any abnormal muscle or tissue tightness.


Being able to view your spine structure allows us to evaluate posture as well as joint, disc, and vertebrae malignments. X-rays also help us to identify contraindications to care that could be present such as broken bones or tumors.


Using a thermal-imaging “Nervoscope” (one of the main instruments used in the Gonstead technique) we detect uneven distributions of heat along the spine—releasing areas that could be suffering from inflammation or nerve pressure.


Motion Palpation 
Like static Palpation, this process involves feeling your spine while it is in motion. This test reveals how range of motion may be being affected by any spinal misalignment.

Spinal Chord Xray
Gonstead continues with precision adjustments

With a skilled analysis completed, we can then recommend a regiment of Gonstead adjustments unique to your Subluxations. We focus on being extremely precise in applying corrective forces to only to the Subluxated areas so you experience the most accurate and effective adjustment possible. When your chiropractor performs the Gonstead technique, the goal is to restore and maintain a bio-mechanically correct position so that you can return to optimal nerve function, and optimal health and comfort.
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