The Gonstead Method is a thorough analysis of your spine using five criteria to detect the presence of the vertebral subluxation complex.
- Visualization- this 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 would indicate any problems.
- Instrumentation- this is a heat sensing instrument that detects uneven distribution 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- the process of feeling (or palpating) your spine in a stationary position. Your chiropractor will feel for presence of swelling/edema, 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 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- X-ray films enable your doctor to visualize the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating posture, joint and disc integrity, vertebral misalignments and ruling out any pathologies, or recent fractures that may be present or contributing to the patient’s condition. These full spine radiographs are taken in the standing, weight-bearing position to fully substantiate the examination findings. Your doctor will tell you if X-rays are needed during your consultation.