Where Did the Gonstead Technique Originate?

Clarence Selmer Gonstead created the technique and helped chiropractic care grow into the biomechanical science we know today. In the 1930s, the chiropractic profession was presided over by B. J. Palmer and his “Hole-In-One” upper cervical specific technique. During that era of history, the technical skills of a typical chiropractor coming out of school were rudimentary. Gonstead incorporated a logical and bio-mechanically sound system into the practice. He developed his own teachings on subluxations, x-ray usage, and adjusting bones. With the adoption of the Gonstead System by the Palmer School in the early 1960s, the technique helped the chiropractic profession restore the field’s full-spine roots.

What Happens When There is a Misalignment?

These misalignments can cause pressure on the discs which lie between the vertebrae and can be the result of several minor impacts or a single accident. Occasionally, vertebrae tilted or rotated out of their correct position can be too much for nature to correct and will need to be treated. In most cases, these are easily recognized by the chiropractor, especially those in the upper area of the vertebral column. The ability to recognize and correct these issues forms a major part of the Gonstead Technique. For instance, when the lower region of the spinal column is misaligned, the body attempts to keep itself upright and straight by compensating and causing a vertebra above to shift out of the correct position. If only the top misaligned vertebra is adjusted, it may not provide proper relief. For complete and long-term results, all of the misaligned vertebrae addressed.

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