The Gonstead Difference

Dr. Clarence Gonstead

Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead practiced chiropractic 1923 till 1978. At the age of 18, he was stricken with a debilitating rheumatoid arthritis. After chiropractic adjustments allowed his body to heal, he decided to become a chiropractor. Using his background in mechanical engineering and spent extensive hours studying cadaver spines, he developed a unique systematic biomechanical approach to detection and correction of Structural Abnormalities (aka Vertebral Subluxations). It is this systematic approach that has earned the Gonstead Method world recognition.

Gonstead Structural Examination

How do we determine you have a possible Structural Shift? We don’t guess, we OBJECTIVELY test your structure by using these 5 Objective Indicators:

1. Visualization

Normal –The structure is free from abnormalities.
Walking gait without deviations.
Structure is not deviating in any direction.
Symmetrical structure.

Abnormal –Presence of abnormal gait.
Presence of structural deviation.
Presence of abnormal tissue change.

2. Static Palpation

Normal –The structure is free from abnormalities.

Abnormal –Presence of edema / tissue swelling.
Presence of muscle spasms.
Presence of structural abnormality.

Edema due to herniated disc

3. Motion Palpation

Normal –The structure pivots freely in all directions.

Abnormal –The structure will have reduced or no movement.

4. Instrumentation

Normal –Negative reading.

Abnormal –Postive reading. Indication of nerve constriction.

nervoscope, normal reading
nervoscope, positive reading

5. Structural Full-Spine Radiograph / X-Ray

Normal –Structure in proper alignment – no deviation.

Abnormal –AP View – Structural deviation of rotation and/or tilt.
Lateral View – Structural deviation going backwards.

Post chiropractic adjustment
Pre chiropractic adjustment

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