An individual initially provides a thorough health history which guides each doctor to ask particular questions and to perform certain examination procedures to obtain more detailed information. The Gonstead Chiropractic system focuses on obtaining the most objective information about specific spinal joint problems that may exist. To get this information, the doctor will examine the spine for abnormal joint motion, inflammation (swelling), abnormal muscle tension, and nerve pressure.
To make the exam more accurate, the doctor will use an instrument called a Nervoscope. It is completely non-invasive and provides precise information regarding the patient’s muscle and nerve activity in and around the spine.
In addition, Gonstead Family Chiropractic has the on-sight capability of taking full spine x-rays, which in many cases, can reveal important details about the health of the spine. The x-rays may also help determine the location of any joint problem and the direction of bone misalignment so that the adjustment can be as specific as possible.
Having all this collective information provides for an accurate assessment of how that problem may have occurred, when it occurred, why it may be causing certain symptoms, how it can best be corrected, and how long it may take the body to heal once the problem is removed. It also helps us to determine if the person’s problem is outside our ability to care for, in which case it may be recommended to further treatment elsewhere.
Before moving on with care, the doctor will formally present all of the collected information, explaining the exam findings so that the patient can understand not only what will be done, but why. This is called a report of findings, and it really allows the patient to become familiarized with the doctor’s recommendations and with information about what they can do on their own to aid in the healing process.
After the report of findings the patient will proceed with care, which involves specific adjustments to the spine, given by the doctor’s hands, with the intent of moving one bone in one particular direction to restore joint function. Because the spine is very dynamic, the Gonstead technique is very “conservative”. Most often, better results are obtained by adjusting only one or two areas and being as specific as possible, rather than adjusting multiple areas randomly….and research is now supporting this.
All in all, the specificity of Gonstead chiropractic really allows for a more efficient result that is often times quicker and longer lasting.