What is the Gonstead Method?
“Find it, Fix it, and Leave it Alone”
Gonstead’s premise it to find the source of the problem, fix the cause and allow the body the time it needs in order to heal, this is acquired through the skills of the practitioners hands and their ongoing commitment and dedication to education and training.
A Gonstead adjustment is a specific hands on technique on average requiring fewer adjustments, which can help save you time and money. It is a systematic approach that looks at treating the underlying cause of the problem, not just the associated symptoms.
The key to the Gonstead method of success comes from years of training and perfecting a technique that allows the practitioner to perform an adjustment on a specific segment and at a specific angle in order to correct the misalignment causing the nerve interference resulting in your pain.
This is achieved through:
- Comprehensive case history, Orthopaedic and neurological examination
- X-ray and spinal analysis
- Nervoscope (specific to Gonstead Chiropractic)- Instrumentation used along the length of the spine detecting heat, inflammation and disruption of nerves signals exiting the spinal chord, due to the misaligned vertebrae, causing muscle spasm and pain.
- Palpation - thorough examination by hand, skin on skin, confirming areas of inflammation and misalignment of specific areas of the spine.
- Adjustment - the correction of spinal misalignment by hand relieving pain and restoring spinal function.
In many cases the relief of pain coming from an adjustment can be instantaneous depending on how long the problem has been there for.
Movement of the spine is crucial at any any age, as a child - correct spinal motion is required in the developing spine, setting in place the correct foundation to allow the spine to grow straight and develop correct function.
As the spine ages fixation throughout the spine can cause spinal degeneration (wearing out of discs), poor posture, fatigue, headaches, sciatic, low back and neck pain.
Between each vertebrae lies the discs, the disc is comprised of approximately 80% water, the disc has no blood supply and relies on spinal motion to draw in nutrients to keep it healthy. Chiropractic adjustments help to retain this motion and nutrients in your discs keeping them healthy and preventing them from spinal degeneration, this is when the disc wears thin, causing bony outgrowths on the segment and disruption to the neighbouring nerves.
STAGES OF DEGENERATION:
What it can look like from the outside:
Chiropractic Care is not only important for pain relief but also for the prevention of long term structural strange, which can alter your function and structure over a period of time. These changes may not be seen from the outside, but can be felt and maybe silently occurring on the inside
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP?
reduced range of motion
inability to perform activities that you used to be able to do
can no longer bend down to tie your shoes
pain while sitting for prolonged periods
cannot get comfortable in bed
poor sleeping habits or pain while trying rolling over in bed
referral of pain into arms or legs, including numbness, tingling, burning sensations
lack of flexibility
headache, tight neck and shoulders
stiff neck or shoulder pain
knee and ankle pain
low back pain
sharp stabbing pains into spinal areas
inability to run or walk smoothly