THE GONSTEAD METHOD
The Gonstead Method was developed by Dr. Clearence Gonstead, both a Chiropractor and Mechanical Engineer. Dr. Gonstead developed a biomechanical model to create the most specific full spinal analysis. His goal was not only to alleviate the patient’s symptoms but to find the root cause of the problem.
The steps to the Gonstead Spinal Analysis include:
Visualization: Is used to identify asymmetrical muscle contraction, or abnormal posture.
Instrumentation: Instrumentation or thermography is used to detect heat changes throughout the spine that can occur at areas of inflammation.
Static Palpation: Static palpation is when the Doctor pushes on area of the spine to identify edema, tenderness, abnormal musculature contraction
Motion Palpation: Motion palpation is used to identify movement or the lack of movement in the spine globally and segmentally. This is done with the doctor feeling the spine as the spine is placed in various positions.
X-Ray Analysis: Full spine films are used to rule out fractures, pathologies, and congenital anomalies as well as help identify vertebral misalignment.