COMPONENTS OF THE GONSTEAD SYSTEM
In the Gonstead System we utilize full spine radiography of both A-P and Lateral views. Film size is 14” x 36” with the patient placed to include ishia to occiput (the bottom of the pelvis to the base of the skull). Full Spine films use less radiation than sectionals, provide an accurate vertebral count, provide full spinal contour representation for posture analysis with axial weight bearing, and show problems other than the chief complaint—all of which are not attainable through the use of sectional films. Full spine X-Rays are essential to Gonstead Chiropractic. They allow us to regard the patient totally in biomechanical analysis and corrective procedures. "To see is to know, not to see is to guess." - C.S. Gonstead
Both Static and Motion Palpation are utilized in Gonstead Chiropractic to precisely pinpoint areas of involvement. Static Palpation is the “hands on” part of the examination where the doctor feels for abnormalities in the tissue along the spine. Motion Palpation is when the doctor feels the individual segment to determine a subluxation and how it needs to be corrected.
Classically a dual probe instrument (Nervoscope or Delta-T) is used to get a bilateral temperature comparison of the spine to locate areas of inflammation. These instruments are essentially thermometers for your spine. The readings obtained through instrumentation will show whether or not subluxations are present, if they are being corrected, and when correction has been attained.
We take into account all the information we can get from the patient by simply looking at their posture very carefully. In the Gonstead System Visualization starts from the moment the patient walks in the door. The way a patient moves helps the doctor identify problem areas. Differences in shoulder height, a forward lean, posture, and gait are all useful to confirm your X-Ray and Palpation findings.
CASE MANAGEMENT (SYMPTOMATOLOGY)
Understanding problems with a patient's health can help a Gonstead Chiropractor determine the area needing adjusted. Symptoms can help separate the two parts of the Autonomic Nervous System (Sympathetic and Parasympathetic) and aid us in applying a specific adjustment.
In the Gonstead System we apply all the information from these modes of analysis and correlate our findings to determine the most likely cause of the patient’s problem. After Subluxations are found, the use of the proper Gonstead technique is applied to effectively correct problem areas.
The Gonstead system focuses on the dynamics of intervertebral disc as the underlying cause of subluxations and resulting neurological dysfunction. It could then be said that Gonstead doctors are “disc doctors”.
Dr. Clarence Gonstead
Jul 23, 1898 - Oct 2, 1978
Dr. Gonstead said, “The most important part of getting people well is to take your time, give them the utmost of your ability as a chiropractor, find the correct subluxation. Accept it. Correct it. Leave it alone.”
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