Gonstead Chiropractic Technique Explained

Chiropractic techniques entail the corrections done to align the spinal cord, joint dysfunction and subluxation complexes. The practice has undergone massive developments since its launching by D. Palmer. The advancements in the technique bore the names of the inventors.

Through intensive research, a more advanced technique that contends unimaginably with chiropractic techniques has been developed. The founder is known as Clarence S. Gonstead, hence the name Gonstead technique.

Dr. Gonstead has devoted more than fifty-five years of research and testing to come up with the most competent method of biochemical analysis that has gotten adapted by most chiropractors. The gonstead chiropractic technique entails thorough spinal analysis using five key principles; visualization, instrumentation, palpation and sometimes X-ray. These techniques are aimed at detecting vertebral subluxation.


The chiropractors start with the pelvic girdle which is the foundation of the bony structure of the body. When a vertebrae in the pelvic girdle becomes misaligned, it causes an imbalance of the whole vertebra. By this, the vertebra experiences uneven pressure causing the disc to swell and sometimes protrude. When this happens, it gets recognized as slipped, herniated or ruptured disc. The condition is subluxation.

chiropractic technique explained

Gonstead adjustment technique works to recognize the corrective mechanism for the misaligned disc. The practice requires ample time, practice and dedication to master the art. After, the chiropractor can deliver the appropriate adjustment to mend the condition.

Five Criteria to mend Subluxation

1. Visualization

It is a way of cross-referencing other findings. Your chiropractor will consider the history findings to identify slight changes in posture or movement. If any, it is an indication of a developing problem.

2. Instrumentation

The instrument used is the Nervoscope. It detects the uneven distribution of warmth along the spine. If there is much heat, it can translate to inflammation on the spine or nerve pressure.


Your chiropractor will move the equipment along the spine. You will feel like someone is gliding two fingers down each side of the spine.

3. Static Palpation

The process entails feeling the palpation of your spine when it’s not in motion. Any swellings, tenderness, tightness and abnormal texture of the tissues along the spine can be alarming.

4. Motion Palpation

Your chiropractor will try to feel your spine when you are moving or when in action such as bending. By this, it will be easy to determine the ease with which each segment moves. Also, he can tell what segment curves in an awkward direction misaligned posture.

5. X-Ray Analysis

An X-ray analysis gets conducted when instructed by the physician. It enables the doctor to see the whole structure of the spine. By this, he can check on the vertebral alignments, disc changes, and the posture changes. It will be easy to narrow down to the factors contributing to the visible changes in the vertebral discs. The radiographs are taken in a standing, weight-bearing position to validate the findings.


After collecting the crucial information through the above techniques, the doctor will examine whether your condition is chiropractic. If so, appropriate Gonstead adjustments are put in place to get the patient back to health. The techniques aim at quick regaining of health. As well instructed by Dr. Gonstead, the chiropractor should find the subluxation, get a corrective plan and then leave it alone.