Not all chiropractors use the same “technique” although we all try to get the same results. There are some that use devices, like an activator, instead of their hands. Some use drop-tables or blocks.
Gonstead is different because we focus on the biomechanics of the intervertebral disc to dictate how and where to adjust. We do not twist the body to induce the “crack” sound. We use specific lines-of-drive to gently place the subluxated bone back into its correct position.
What Make Gonstead So Special?
According to the Gonstead Clinical Case Studies website:
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.
What is a Subluxation?
Your body and brain communicate via your nervous system. Bones in your back, called vertebrae, protect the nervous system. When these bones move out of proper alignment, it is called a subluxation. The subluxation alters the communication between your brain and body.
A chiropractor determines which bone(s) moved out of place and uses her hands to move it back into position, Restoring the pathways of the nervous system allows your body to return to homeostasis and function properly once more. This is known as the “Safety Pin Cycle”.