The Gonstead Technique
The chiropractic technique we use in our office is based on the work of Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead. The Gonstead System is a method of analysis and spinal correction directed at correcting nerve interference caused by spinal subluxations. The Gonstead System is a meticulous process of analyzing each individual patient based on specific criteria. This information is then used to apply corrective actions steps to get the patient back to full function and full health.
Dr. Gonstead practiced in the small town of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin from 1923 to 1978. Due to his expansive growth, in 1963 Dr. Gonstead built a state-of-the-art, multi-level, 29,000-square-foot chiropractic clinic. This clinic had 11 adjusting rooms, seminar rooms, research facilities, and its own chemistry lab. Dr. Gonstead had a hotel with restaurant and pool built directly next to the clinic to house his patients that would travel from all over the world. Dr. Gonstead even had personal airport next to his home that patients could fly into on their personal airplanes. Despite all of his success, Dr. Gonstead always stayed true to his craft and continued to perfect his work with rigorous clinical hours and dedicated research. He taught until his death in 1978.
Dr. Gonstead focused on the individuality of each patients’ spine to ensure they receive the best and most specific treatment. In referring to the spine Dr. Gonstead stated, “What is normal for one, may not be normal for another”. The basis of the Gonstead technique is the focus on the intervertebral disc and how it affects spinal health. According to Gonstead, the analysis of the disc on how it adapts to spinal positioning is the most valuable information necessary for determining spinal subluxation.