The Gonstead Method is based on very specific hand adjustments of the spinal joints. By performing adjustments by hand, the doctor can sense the patient’s relaxation and individualize the care accordingly. No mechanical instrument can match the sensitivity or timing of a hand adjustment from a skilled chiropractor.
The Gonstead Method was developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead, who practiced chiropractic from 1923 until 1978 in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. His technique brought him both national and international acclaim, and he came to be known as the “chiropractor’s chiropractor.” His practice drew patients from all over the world and is still the largest clinic in existence to date. Dr. Gonstead’s brilliant mind and lifelong experience of adjusting more than one million patients enabled him to develop and refine his technique, which is now taught and practiced by doctors of chiropractic all over the world.
The Gonstead examination consists of 5 criteria: posture analysis, thermal analysis of inflammation via instrumentation, palpation of the spine (static and motion analysis), and x-ray analysis. Based on the information derived from the exam, a Gonstead doctor performs a very specific adjustment to the spine to correct the dysfunction. Every patient presents a unique case and this type of thorough exam and specific adjustment gives the best chance for recovery and results.