We utilise the Gonstead Technique of chiropractic as we believe it to be the most specific and biomechanically sound way of finding the cause of and managing spinal problems without drugs or surgery.
Chiropractic began with Daniel D. Palmer giving his first adjustment in September 1895 in Davenport, Iowa. Today, there are many methods used by chiropractors to correct spinal misalignments, joint dysfunctions and subluxation complexes. Many techniques are identified by the name of the person who was most instrumental in their development. One of the most advanced and scientific methods is a technique called: The Gonstead System.
Dr Gonstead developed his procedures as a result of extensive clinical research in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. These procedures were developed over 55 years of clinical observation and research in order to work out how to get sick patients well. (A full history of the Gonstead System is available at www.gonsteadseminar.com)
The Gonstead System is taught in many Chiropractic schools around the world. The Gonstead Chiropractic Society runs several seminars a year in Australia and New Zealand where we go through individual patient case studies, brush up on technique, review new research and evidence and talk about advanced patient cases and conditions.
As a Gonstead Chiropractor, we conduct a thorough analysis of your spine using a variety of tools.
History – We will take a thorough history of your presenting complaint and include your overall health and medical history. This will assist in determining if you are a Chiropractic case.
Visualization – Visualization is a way to cross reference all the other findings. We look 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. We 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 us 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 us to visualise the entire structure of your spine in weight bearing conditions and to analyse the biomechanics involved with your condition. It also assists in evaluating your posture, joint and disc integrity, vertebral alignment and in ruling out any pathologies or recent fractures that may be present or contributing to your condition. Information gained from examining the x-ray allows us to be as specific as possible with our adjustments in terms of contact point and adjustment vector so that we can produce the biggest biomechanical change for the least input.
When all this information is combined, we can immediately let you know if your health situation is a Chiropractic case. If it is not, we can refer you to the appropriate health provider. If your case is a Chiropractic case, our goal is to get you on the road back to optimal health as quickly as possible.