Gonstead adjustments are a type of spinal manipulation based on the Gonstead technique. This technique allows for precise, accurate adjustments and is a highly effective form of treatment. At Premier Chiropractic in Seatac, Dr. Igielski uses the Gonstead technique when treating patients.
What Are Gonstead Adjustments?
Gonstead adjustments are based on a technique created by a chiropractor named Clarence S. Gonstead. This technique is extensively researched and considered by many to be the gold standard for chiropractic care. It requires chiropractors to conduct a detailed analysis before making any adjustments.
According to the Gonstead technique, the foundation of the body is the pelvic girdle. Stabilizing this part of the body can improve balance in other areas of the body. This can lead to a subluxation, which is a term used to describe issues with joint function and the vertebrae in the spine.
Instead of treating specific symptoms, the Gonstead technique focuses on the entire body. Chiropractors that use Gonstead adjustments examine the patient's entire body to identify misalignments and other issues that could potentially be contributing to these symptoms. The goal of treatment is to restore the natural alignment of the spine.
Analysis and Adjustment
Before making an adjustment, the chiropractor will take the time to closely analyze the spine. There are five different tools and techniques that chiropractors use when analyzing a patient, which are:
- X-rays: X-rays allow the chiropractor to view your entire spine. This makes it easier to identify issues that might go undetected.
- Motion palpitation: Motion palpitation involves feeling the spine as it moves at various angles.
- Static palpitation: Similar to motion palpitation, static palpitation involves feeling the spine while it's in a stationary position.
- Instrumentation: This process involves using instruments to examine the spine more closely. The Gonstead technique typically involves the use of an instrument called the Nervoscope, which can detect heat distribution along the spine.
- Visualization: Once our chiropractor has completed the other types of analysis, we will use visualization to examine the spine and compare it to the other findings.
When Dr. Igielski has finished analyzing the spine, we can target the problem areas with precise adjustments. Since we have detailed information about the condition of the spine, we can make precise and painless adjustments.
Get Gonstead Adjustments from Our Chiropractor in Seatac, WA
Gonstead adjustments are a highly effective form of chiropractic care. If you would like to enjoy the benefits of the Gonstead technique, make an appointment at Premier Chiropractic. We are focused on providing the best possible care to all the patients we treat. Call our team today at (253) 677-3711 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.