METHOD | THE PROCESS
Only chiropractors are trained to detect and correct vertebral subluxation, which means that if your condition is caused by a subluxation, a chiropractor can help. Chiropractors are focused on correcting the cause of your symptom, not merely covering your symptom. While there are over 200 chiropractic techniques, some have a greater degree of measurable attributes while preserving the philosophy of chiropractic. The Gonstead System is commonly known as the most biomechanically specific and scientific full spine technique that produces measurable and repeatable results.
The spinal cord is an extension of the brain. Delicate nerves flow down the spine and out little holes called the intervertebral foramina (IVF). Each IVF is formed by the bone above and bone below spaced by the intervertebral disc. These nerves connect to each and every muscle, organ, gland, and tissue of the body. Since the nerves pass through the IVF, it is essential the hole remains as large as possible. Two things that determine IVF size are proper alignment of the vertebrae and the height of the disc. Misalignment creates a smaller hole, which interferes with healthy nerve function.
Normally, the bone above is prevented from misaligning forward by the facet joint involving the bone below; however, only ligaments protect the bones from misaligning backward. Under enough trauma or repeated stress, the ligaments become stretched and the discs break down, which make the IVF smaller.
The disc is very strong in a non-degenerated state; however, repeated twisting and bending can create micro-tears and weaken it. This soft tissue damage leads to swelling and irritates the nearby delicate nerves. Over time if the disc is not properly aligned, it will degenerate and make the IVF smaller.
We use five criteria to determine which spinal joints are responsible for your condition. Advanced instrumentation accurately determines the exact location of your condition. Postural spinal images are used to determine how the vertebrae and involved disc have misaligned and the direction they must be corrected.
THE SPECIFIC AND SCIENTIFIC ADJUSTMENT
The Gonstead Technique respects the disc as the primary source of subluxation. Since rotation along with bending is the most damaging movement to the disc, there is no rotation used in the Gonstead adjustment. Adjustments of the neck are performed while seated in a chair with no rotation or twisting involved. Low back adjusting may be performed while side lying on a bench in a comfortable neutral position. Because of the attention to detail and gentle care during the adjustment, it is incredibly safe and effective.
Before and after spinal imaging is an important element of confirming the success or furthering of our focused efforts on the discs to realign the spine toward a healthy normal posture. By correcting the structure of the spine with time and repetition, patients will sustain their results and likely rid themselves of other symptoms, some of which they may have suffered for years. Gonstead is logical, safe, and may be the most complete chiropractic system ever developed. Results vary with each individual case.