The Gonstead Method

What makes the Gonstead Technique so special?

At Designed Life Chiropractic, Drs. Daniel and Mariah utilize the Gonstead System of Analysis. This technique has been proven to be the most specific, scientific, and most effective chiropractic adjustment technique to date. Chiropractic has come a long way since D. D. Palmer gave his first adjustment in September, in Davenport, Iowa. Today, there are many methods used by chiropractors to correct spinal misalignment, joint dysfunction, and subluxation complexes. While most chiropractors in a field utilize a "mixed bag" of chiropractic techniques the Gonstead Technique continues to be the gold standard in the chiropractic profession.

THe Gonstead Doctor

The Gonstead chiropractor goes beyond what many chiropractors consider a spinal assessment by conducting a thorough analysis of your spine using five criteria to detect the presence of the vertebral subluxation complex.

Visualization — Visualization is a way to cross reference all the other findings. Drs. Daniel and Mariah are experts in looking for subtle changes in your posture and movement which could indicate any problems.

Instrumentation — The instrument of choice in the Gonstead System is the Nervoscope. The Nervoscope detects uneven distributions of heat along the spine which can be indicative of inflammation and nerve pressure. This instrument is guided down the length of your back and feels like two fingers gliding down each side of your spine.

Static Palpation — This is simply the process of feeling (or palpating) your spine in a stationary (or static) position. Drs. Daniel and Mariah will feel for the presence of swelling (or edema), tenderness and any abnormal texture or tightness in the muscles and other tissues of your back.

Motion Palpation — This process involves feeling the spine while moving and bending it at various angles. This enables the chiropractor to determine how easily or difficult each segment in your spine moves in different directions.

X-Ray Analysis — X-ray films enable Drs. Daniel and Mariah to visualize the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating posture, joint and disc integrity, vertebral misalignments and ruling out any pathologies, or recent fractures that may be present or contributing to the patient’s condition. These full-spine radiographs are taken in the standing, weight-bearing position to fully substantiate the examination findings.