The Gonstead Technique

What is the Gonstead Technique as a Chiropractic System?

The founding of chiropractic in 1895 by D.D. Palmer was the start of the hands on approach to correcting spinal misalignments. Years later, Dr. Clarence Gonstead began formulating a technique that would advance the hands on approach of earlier forms of chiropractic, as well as integrate scientific data into the analysis of the spine. This combination created a highly effective procedure for evaluating patients known as The Gonstead Technique.

Dr. Julia’s expertise in determining where spinal misalignments are, is derived from The Gonstead Technique. The Gonstead System focuses on being as specific as possible with the examination and treatment of the patient. The examination includes taking a detailed history, instrumentation, static palpation, motion palpation, neurological testing and often times, full spine x-rays taken in the standing and weight bearing position. Necessity of x-rays is determined during the functional examination. Treatment is done by administering a very specific hands-on manipulation called an adjustment. The function of this technique is to pinpoint where any issues in the spinal column might have originated in order to more directly address the problems a patient is experiencing.

What Tools Are Used With The Gonstead Chiropractic Technique?

The foundation of chiropractic teachings focuses on the doctor’s hands as an essential tool when locating and correcting a patient’s subluxations. At Orr Chiropractic Center in Central Ohio we want to ensure that you are most comfortable when coming in for your care. Our staff will discuss our process and your needs on your visits. We also provide cloth gowns to easily allow the doctor to examine your entire spine and observe the skin on your back for any swelling, curvatures, loss of movement, and skin changes.

Another tool we use to gather our scientific data is the nervoscope. The nervoscope is an instrument that works like a thermometer for the nerves that exit your spine at every level of your vertebral column. When you are suffering from a subluxation, there is an interference within your nervous system resulting in altered blood flow to the blood vessels in your skin. This change in blood flow results in a difference in temperature, giving the chiropractor a reading on their nervoscope.

In addition, two x-rays, one of your full-spine from the front and one of your full spine from the side, are used as a reference during your treatment. These allow your Gonstead practitioner to view your spine as a unified structure and customize your care to focus on healing your problem areas.

What Results Can I Expect When Using The Gonstead Technique?

Dr. Julia and her staff recognize that knowledge and understanding are vital to your successful health and wellness transformation. By detecting the precise areas of your spine that are causing complications, we are able to make important adjustments that address the problem at its source. This also allows us to create an effective long-term strategy to help you achieve your personal health goals. By using her hands as adjusting tools, Dr. Julia 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.