Dr. Nick initially went to Iowa State with plans to be a psychologist. At one point he had a bizarre situation where his heart rate didn't drop below 110bpm for three days! A cardiologist recommended a lifetime of medication (at the age of 20). Dr. Nick decided to avoid this option and went to see his chiropractor. This doctor told him it was all related to the nerves in his neck and sure enough, 30 minutes after being adjusted his heart rate was back to normal! This set Dr. Nick on a new path.
While still in undergrad, Dr. Nick began going to chiropractic seminars, shadowing doctors, and attending local meetings. Eventually he began school at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. While in school he got involved in a group called the Troxell Intern Program where he helped teach Gonstead Chiropractic to other students. Due to all of his dedication, in only his second trimester, Dr. Nick received a plaque for completing 100 hours of training through Gonstead Methodology Institute. He plans to later join this group as an instructor to continue teaching the Gonstead System.
Aside from chiropractic, Dr. Nick spent 6 years in the Iowa Army National Guard playing trumpet in the 34th Army Band. During his enlistment he also got involved in Military Funeral Honors so that he could truly serve the families of fallen soldiers. He is no longer enlisted but both of his brothers still serve today!
Doctor Clarence Gonstead changed the course of chiropractic when he developed his system for analyzing the spine. His work was so profound that he had a waiting area that held 100 patients. A hotel was built next door for extended care. He even had an air strip built for patients to fly in from far away... His practice was truly incredible.
At Palmer College of Chiropractic, Gonstead is the primary system taught in the curriculum today.
The Gonstead system of analysis will be utilized on each and every patient. The system is based on a series of steps and checks to thoroughly assess a patient's problem. The parts of the system are:
1) Case History
This is where you tell Dr. Nick everything about your problem and past health history. This helps chiropractors connect the problem to the nervous system.
The instrument Dr. Gonstead is holding in the picture is called a nervoscope. It's essentially a thermometer for your spine and helps the doctor detect inflammation along the nerve roots along your spine.
Dr. Nick will use his fingertips to feel the location of the individual bones and how they're moving. Chiropractors have extensive training in feeling the spine/surrounding structures for swelling and misalignments .
A lot can be learned about your spine by visualizing your posture while standing, sitting,and even while you're walking. Even certain motion habits you do may have can have an effect on your spine.
5) X-ray Analysis
"To see is to know, not to see is to guess." By taking a picture of your spine we will know exactly what your spine looks like and areas that need addressed. There is a great deal of biomechanical information to be gained and x-rays will also help track progress throughout care. A full-spine x-ray will be taken your first visit and viewed each return visit. A new x-ray is not needed every visit.