The Gonstead Chiropractic approach is to locate misalignments in the spinal column, then specifically and gently adjust the segment back into place manually, removing the subluxation and “pinch”. By applying the Gonstead adjustment to the back, the pressure is removed from the nerve while joint function is restored. More importantly, nerve function is restored, and the path of that specific nerve is then again sending and receiving the “electrical” impulses as it should and ultimately, health is restored. “Find the subluxation, correct it and then leave it alone”

– Clarence C. Gonstead.

Motion Palpation

After a complete analysis, the Gonsteadpractitioner is ready to deliver any necessary spinal adjustments. The focus of theGonstead adjustment is to be as specific, precise and accurate as possible, addressing only the problemareas (areas of subluxation). Great care is takento ensure a macchanically correct position and precise thrust to provide the most accurate and painless adjustment possible. It is the goal of your Gonstead doctor to restore and maintain optimal health by locating and correcting any interference to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxation.

This process involves feeling the spine while moving and bending it at various angles. This enables the chiropractor to determine how easily or difficult each segment in your spine moves in different directions.

Static Palpation

This is simply the process of feeling (or palpating) your spine in a

stationary (or static) position. Your chiropractor will feel for the presence of swelling (or edema), tenderness and any abnormal texture or tightness in the muscles and other tissues of your back.

“Find the subluxation, accept it where you find it, correct it and leave it alone”

The Gonstead Chiropractor conducts a thorough analysis of your spine using five criteria to detect the presence of the vertebral subluxation complex.

X-ray Analysis

X-ray films enable your doctor to visualize the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating for any disease processes, fracture, posture, joint and disc integrity and vertebral misalignments.



Visualization 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 could indicate any problems.


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 lenghth of your back and feels like two fingers gliding down each side of your spine.