Gonstead Chiropractic is a specific method of analysing the spine and delivering an adjustment to the vertebral segment that is found to be dtysfunctioning.
The Gonstead Chiropractor conducts a thorough analysis of your spine using a variety of tools to detect the presence spinal dysfunction known as the vertebral subluxation complex.
History - Your Chiropractor will take a thorough history of your presenting complaint and include your overall health and medical history. This can assist in determining if you are a Chiropractic case
Observation – Observation is a way to cross reference all the other findings. Your chiropractor is an expert 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. Your chiropractor will feel for the presence of swelling (or oedema), 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 – Taken when clinically indicated, X-rays enable your doctor to visualise the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating posture, joint and disc integrity, vertebral alignment and ruling out any pathologies, or recent fractures that may be present or contributing to the patient’s condition. These radiographs are taken in the standing, weight-bearing position to fully substantiate the examination findings.
Treatment:- Finally your chiropractor will discuss the treatment options that are most suitable for your case. They will discuss you treatment and expected outcomes, and any other interventions that may be of assistance.