What makes the Gonstead Method better than other techniques?
The Gonstead technique is better and more effective for two reasons: the thoroughness of the analysis and how the spine is corrected.
The Gonstead Analysis
A Gonstead Chiropractor detects the presence of spinal subluxations (a chiropractor’s term for a spinal vertebra out of position) through analyzing the following five criteria:
- X-Ray Analysis - this allows your doctor to visualize the entire structure of your spine to identify any abnormalities in your posture, fractures, and vertebral misalignments. This is also helpful in evaluating disease processes and joint and disc integrity.
- Instrumentation - using a special instrument (Nervoscope), your doctor can identify specific areas with nerve pressure or inflammation. The Nervoscope detects uneven heat distribution along the spine.
- Static Palpation - the chiropractor will check for any swelling, tenderness, abnormal textures, and muscle tightness around your spinal area while in a stationary or static position.
- Motion Palpation - your doctor will assess how easy or difficult you can move your spine in different directions. You will be moving and bending your back at different angles during this analysis.
- Visualization - through visualization, your chiropractor will cross-reference all the other findings. You may be asked to walk or do other actions to allow your chiropractor to look for subtle changes in your posture or movement.
The Gonstead Adjustment
A Gonstead Chiropractor’s focus when adjusting your spine is to be as specific, precise, and accurate as possible in addressing the problem areas identified in the complete and thorough analysis. This is why Gonstead Chiropractic Riverside uses four different examination tables, whereas conventional chiropractors only use one kind.
- Pelvic Bench Table. This is suitable for correcting your lower back and pelvis region.
- Knee-chest Table. This effectively corrects problems found on your low and mid-back portion, pelvis region, and neck.
- High-low Table. This is also suitable for correcting problems on your low and mid-back, pelvis area, and neck. However, this is best used for people who have recently acquired an injury or experienced acute pain. Using this table, the patient can be lowered to allow the Gonstead Chiropractor to care for them more gently.
- Cervical Chair - this is most effective in correcting problems in the neck.
How does the Gonstead Method work?
By pushing forward with a high-velocity-low-amplitude (HVLA) thrust, your Gonstead chiropractor will make adjustments on your back while you are on their side.
Is the Gonstead Method right for me?
The Gonstead method is recommended for people suffering from pain or stiffness in the back or neck. However, suppose these problems are found to be unrelated to the spine. In that case, the Gonstead method may not be necessary for you. You may be recommended with another chiropractic care. It is best to consult with a chiropractor first to determine what treatment is proper for you.
What can I expect on my first visit?
On your first visit, you will be asked to fill out a form to detail your health history and lifestyle. Your chiropractor will then discuss with you your current condition, health and wellness goals, and expectations. Physical examinations will then be conducted. Once all of these are done, your chiropractor will explain the results to you. Together, you will come up with a plan of action to restore and maintain your optimal health.
Schedule an appointment at Gonstead Chiropractic Riverside.
Have your spine, pelvis, extremities, and neck adjustment with us using the Gonstead Method. Interested to know more about how we can assist you in regaining your health and wellness? Contact Gonstead Chiropractic Riverside on the number provided on this page.