Chiropractors detect and correct vertebral subluxations. If your condition is caused by a subluxation, a chiropractor can help. Chiropractors are focused on correcting the cause of your symptom, not merely covering your symptom. While there are over 200 techniques to do this, some have a greater degree of measurable attributes while preserving the philosophy. The Gonstead system is known as the most structurally and biomechanically specific technique that produces measurable results.
The spinal cord is an extension of the brain. Delicate nerves flow down the spine and out little holes called the intervertebral foramen (IVF). The IVF is formed from the bone above and bone below. These nerves go to each and every muscle, organ, gland, and tissue of the body. Since the nerves pass thru the IVF, it is essential that hole remains as large as possible. Anything that makes that hole smaller will interfere with nerve function. Two things that determine IVF size are proper alignment of the vertebrae and the height of the disc.
Normally, the bone above is prevented from misaligning forward by the facet joint involving the bone below. However, only ligaments protect the bones from misaligning backwards. Under enough trauma or repeated stress, the ligaments can break down and become stretched. This makes the IVF smaller.
The disc is very strong in a non-degenerated state. However, repeated twisting and bending create micro-tears and weaken it. This soft tissue damage leads to swelling and irritates the nearby delicate nerves. Overtime, if the disc is not properly aligned, it will degenerate and make the IVF smaller.
We use five criteria to determine which spinal joints are responsible for your condition. Advanced instrumentation is accurate for determining the exact location of your condition. Postural spinal images are used to determine how the joint and disc involved has misaligned and the direction it must be corrected.
The Gonstead Technique respects the disc as the primary cause of subluxation. Since rotation along with bending is the most damaging movement to the disc, there is no rotation or bending used in any Gonstead adjustment. Adjustments of the neck are performed seated in a chair with no rotation or twisting involved. Low back adjusting may be performed side lying on a bench in a comfortable neutral position. Because of the attention to detail and care during the adjustment, it is incredibly safe and effective.
Symptomatically, our patients often recover quicker. Before and after spinal imaging confirm posture change and other correction elements. With time and repetition, disc health will improve thereby increasing overall function of the nervous system. This means the person will be healthier and likely rid themselves of other symptoms they may be suffering from over the years. Gonstead is logical, safe, and may be the most complete chiropractic system ever developed.