After graduating from Chiropractic College I took a position in a busy practice as an exam doctor. I took histories and performed exams on new patients and then re-exams. I would then present the patient to the treating doctor. What I observed in that role was life changing. I had learned in school that if a patient was very acute, e.g., difficulty walking or sitting because of extreme low back pain or sciatica, adjustments were contraindicated. Heat packs, muscle stim, deep tissue therapy, traction, were all supposed to be used, possibly for weeks, until the patient could tolerate an adjustment. The doctor I worked for, however, palpated the spine in motion and statically, used an instrument that compared heat differences on either side of the spine, checked the x-ray to determine the proper line of correction and proceeded to adjust the vertebrae that he determined was the cause of the problem. This approach usually resulted in an immediate reduction in symptoms, and on follow up appointments, very happy patients. The ability of the doctor to specifically locate and correct the vertebrae that was causing nerve pressure, and just as importantly, knowing when to leave it alone, is called the Gonstead System.
I had to learn this method of Chiropractic. Drs. Alex and Doug Cox spent many years training and practicing with Dr. Gonstead, and were the owners of the Gonstead clinic and Seminars by the time I graduated in 1982. I have spent hundreds of hours learning from these masters who learned directly from Dr. Gonstead and dedicated their lives to passing on the true system. I still attend these seminars at least once a year.
To see Gonstead Chiropractic in action, check out my Australian colleague, Dr. Ian. Heâ€™s posted some remarkable You Tube Videos. Chiropractic Excellence