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Gonstead Chiropractic

gonstead-adjustmentMany people are trying to find a Chiropractor, but they do not know what to look for or what a Chiropractor does.  Gonstead has been the gold standard for hands on Chiropractic care for 92 years and remains a leader in the field of Chiropractic.  The Gonstead system adheres to the foundational principle in Chiropractic developed by D. D. Palmer since 1895 that Chiropractic is best done by hand.

Dr Clarence S. Gonstead (1898-1978) began practicing Chiropractic in 1923 in Mt. Horeb Wisconsin after graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic.  Mt. Horeb is a small rural farming community outside Madison, WI.  In this small community Dr. Gonstead built the largest Chiropractic practice in the world.  His reputation spread across the country and around the world by the results he got for his patients.  His reputation spread to so many patients looking to find a chiropractor that he built the Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic in 1964, a 22,000 square foot office with waiting room space for over 100 patients.  In addition to the clinic, he built a 78 room  motel adjacent to his clinic and an airstrip adjacent to his home to accommodate the multitude of patients who came from all over the world to see Dr Gonstead.  The vast influence his work had on the profession led Dr Gonstead to start the Gonstead Seminar of Chiropractic so he could teach other Chiropractors the art and philosophy of his work so they could help more patients.

The basis of the Gonstead system is found in basic joint mechanics.  He understood that for the spine to function properly it had to have a solid foundation.  The foundation of the spine it the pelvis and the foundation of the individual spinal joints is the intervertebral discs.  When the pelvis or any spinal joint is out of alignment changes in the body occur that result in pain and decreased health.  Uneven pressure on the discs cause them to swell and protrude (commonly called slipped, herniated, or ruptured).  When the nerves are compressed or pinched by this protruding disc, it is called a subluxation by chiropractors.  The inflammation interferes with proper nerve transmission to wherever the nerve goes affecting body function.

The “Gonstead Chiropractor”

The Gonstead Chiropractor goes beyond what many chiropractors consider a spinal assessment by conducting a thorough analysis of your spine using five criteria to detect the presence of the vertebral subluxation complex.

Visualization – Visualization is a way to cross reference all other findings. Dr. Sortisio is an expert in looking for subtle changes in your posture and movement which could indicate any problems.

Instrumentation – 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 length of your back and feels like two fingers gliding down each side of your spine.

Static Palpation – This is simply the process of feeling (or palpating) your spine in a stationary (or static) position. Dr. Sortisio 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.

Motion Palpation – 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.

X-Ray Analysis – X-ray films enable your doctor to visualize the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating posture, joint and disc integrity, vertebral misalignments and ruling out any pathologies, or recent fractures that may be present or contributing to the patient’s condition. These full-spine radiographs are taken in the standing, weight-bearing position to fully substantiate the examination findings.


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