Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of instructions flow from your brain, down the spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue. Interference to this incredible communication superhighway can lead to ill-health. Chiropractic is effective because of it’s focus on re-establishing this connection, thus improving the body’s ability to heal itself. This interference is called a vertebral SUBLUXATION. (See “What is a Subluxation”)
The spine consists of 24 moving bones. These bones must be in proper alignment for the spine and nervous system to be functioning at full capacity. Improper motion or position of the moving bones in the spine is called a SUBLUXATION. A subluxation can compromise this vital exchange of communication by irritating or causing compression on nerves and therefore negatively affecting the function of the human body. Specific chiropractic adjustments can help reduce this interference. Once this interference is removed, health often returns shortly thereafter.
If we are unable to achieve the results you desire, we will gladly refer you to another specialist who may be able to help. Your health is our primary goal!
Let’s start with explaining what an adjustment actually is. An adjustment is a gentle, but specific force applied to the spine by the hands of your chiropractor. Not all adjustments are created equal however. The focus of a Gonstead adjustment is to be as specific, precise and accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas (areas of subluxation). Great care is taken to ensure a mechanically correct position and a precise thrust to provide the most accurate and comfortable adjustment possible.
Many patients ask the doctor how they may have gotten their subluxation. It is very difficult to pinpoint because there are so many opportunities throughout life to stress your spine, and oftentimes without even knowing it.
There are four basic causes of subluxation: The first is TRAUMA. Trauma can be any sort of fall, accident, sports injury, car accident, repetitive stresses, etc. The second is EMOTIONAL. Our emotions can have a direct impact upon our posture, our degree of muscle tension, and overall health. The third is CHEMICAL. A history of pollution, poor diet, alcohol, drug use, etc. can again have a direct impact on our body’s ability to function properly and develop the way it was designed to. The fourth is Technology. As our society progresses we are spending more and more time on devices. These repetitive motions of looking down, typing, and texting can cause stress on our bodies and disrupt proper function and alignment.
No. A Gonstead adjustment is unique and tailored to each patient’s spine differently. The findings on an x-ray study, the temperature reading, and the doctor’s palpation (feeling the spines position in motion and also while stationary) enable a Gonstead doctor to deliver the correct adjustment necessary.
There are more than 100 chiropractic techniques in the world today. The Gonstead Method is more than just a technique. It is a system of meticulous analysis and evaluation, combining all necessary information, followed by delivering a specific, “hands-on”, bio-mechanically correct, chiropractic adjustment. A Gonstead adjustment is comfortable, effective and incredibly safe.
The number of adjustments is different for each patient. Many patients experience quick relief within their first few adjustments. Others take a bit longer. Each spine is different in its ability to stabilize and heal. Chronic cases can often take much longer, due to years of cumulative trauma and neglect.