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The Gonstead Difference

Gonstead Method.



WHAT IS GONSTEAD?

layoutThe Gonstead chiropractic technique is a very specific and gentle system of adjusting. This technique uses a variety of tools to help the doctor of chiropractic determine the precise chiropractic adjustment for a patient. These tools include: patient presentation, visualization of the patient, palpation (feeling) the affected areas, using an instrument called a Nervoscope and taking an x-ray of the patient. All of these tools allows patients to get adjustments “customized” to their body and the specific needs.

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PATIENT PRESENTATION

layoutThe symptoms and presentation of a patient are some of the factors your doctor of chiropractic considers in determining your course of care. While each person's symptoms are unique to them, certain patterns of symptoms give clues to the cause of the problem.

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VISUALIZATION

layoutAn abundance of information can be obtained through visualization of a patient. The doctor of chiropractic will observe a patient's walk, posture and general appearance. Each patient is asked to wear a gown so that the doctor has access to and can examine their back. Directly visualizing the patient's skin and muscular contour allows the doctor to look for indicators of subluxations.

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PALPATION

layoutPalpation involves the doctor of chiropractic feeling different areas of the back or other joints to assess joint biomechanics as well as the condition of skin tissues. The doctor will pay attention to things like sudoriferous (sweat) variations, heat and muscle tension. The doctor will also palpate the motions of the joints to determine if there is abnormal or restricted motion. In determining the exact restriction of the joint, the doctor can perform a gentle and extremely precise adjustment.

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INSTRUMENTATION

layoutThe doctor of chiropractic also uses a very important tool called a Nervoscope or Delta-T. This is a dual-probe instrument is used to obtain bilateral temperature comparisons of a person's spine and determine areas of local inflammation. This provides information about whether a subluxation is present, if the subluxation is being corrected and also when correction has taken place.

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X-RAY

layoutIn the Gonstead system, two full-spine x-rays will be taken if deemed necessary. Full-spine x-rays show the entire spine and pelvis, and are taken in two views, both from the front and from the side. This helps to give a full three-dimensional appraisal of a spinal alignment/misalignment from a global perspective. From your full-spine x-ray, the doctor is able to determine information such as the potential location of subluxations, obtain an accurate count of your vertebrae and gain knowledge of the contour of your spine. X-rays are an essential part of the analysis, although films must be deferred in the case of infants and women who are currently pregnant.

This very thorough analysis is used to determine your course of care, and the doctor uses these tools each time you visit the office. At Beacon Chiropractic, we strive to give our patients the very best care available.

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