Chiropractic is the science, art and philosophy with the unique approach of looking to the CAUSE of disease not just the treatment of symptoms. A Chiropractor examines the spine and nervous system with a detailed "hands on" assessment of the vertebral column for SUBLUXATIONS. Subluxations can only be found by functional examination of the spine to determine specific areas of spinal malfunction. It is this loss of normal spinal biomechanics that impacts the nervous system in such a way that it prevents normal nerve function locally at the site of the lesion and potentially to many other areas of the body. With the presence of subluxation, the body can not perform normal function and thus cannot be healthy.
The Gonstead Method
The Gonstead Method of chiropractic care was developed by Clarence S. Gonstead of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin beginning in 1923. He refined his unique system over a 55 year period. The Gonstead Method focuses on being as specific as possible with the examination and correction of the subluxation. The examination includes taking a detailed history, instrumentation, static and motion palpation, and spinal x-rays taken in the standing, weight bearing position.
The examination determines whether or not a patient has a subluxation and the information is then applied to the x-ray to determine the best manner in which to care for the condition. Chiropractic care is administered by very specific adjustment.
The goal of the Gonstead practitioner is to "do the least to
achieve the most." That is to say, the least amount of segments to be adjusted with the least amount of times. This is case specific to each patient. The Gonstead chiropractor does NOT treat every patient with the same adjustment. Every patient is a unique case with specific subluxations and must not be given the same course of care. The Gonstead chiropractor believes that chiropractic care is not scientific unless the adjustment is specific.
This system has hundreds of years of combined clinical experience and has been tried and tested. Through the process of deductive science, the Gonstead chiropractor is confident that if subluxations are found during the examination, he or she has a specific protocol for correction with an expected result. Furthermore, if a need for additional evaluation is found necessary, he or she will refer the patient to the appropriate doctor or therapist to insure that the needs of each patient are properly met.