Chiropractors detect and correct vertebral subluxations. If your condition, whether pain or a visceral condition like asthma, is caused by a subluxation, a chiropractor can help. Chiropractors correct the cause of the symptom, not merely covering the 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 may be the most structurally and biomechanically specific that produces measurable results.
The spinal cord is an extension of the brain. 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 secondly the height of the disc.
The bone above is prevented from misaligning forward by a joint of 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 creates swelling and irritates the nearby delicate nerves. Overtime, if the disc is not properly aligned, it will degenerate and make the IVF smaller.
The We use five criteria to determine which spinal joints are responsible for your condition. Advanced Instrumentation is the most accurate for determining the exact location of your condition. Postural spinal images are used to determine how the causative joint and disc has misaligned and how it must be corrected.
The Specific Scientific Adjustment
The Gonstead technique respects the disc as the primary cause of subluxation. Since rotation along with flexion is the most damaging movement to the disc, there is no rotation used in any Gonstead adjustment. Adjustments of the neck are performed seated in a chair with no rotational thrust. Low back/pelvic adjusting are performed while lying on a bench while the pelvis and spine are stabilized so no twisting motion may be induced. Because of the attention to detail and care during the adjustment, it is safe and effective.
Symptomatically, our patients often recover quicker. Before and after spinal imaging confirm change and other corrective elements. With time and repetition, disc health will improve thereby increasing overall function of the nervous system. That means the person will be healthier and likely rid themselves of other symptoms they may have been suffering from over the years. Gonstead is logical, safe, and the is known as most effective chiropractic system ever developed.