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Dr. Clarence Gonstead redefined the nature of his profession and built one of the world’s largest chiropractic clinics in small-town Wisconsin. He continues to be one of the most influential figures in the history of chiropractic and the Gonstead System lives as a shining example of the best that chiropractic has to offer.

5 Components of the Gonstead System

1) X-Rays
X-rays in the Gonstead System are full-spine, both front and side views to create a 3-dimensional view. Full-spine films use less radiation than individual (sectional) x-rays of each segment of the spine separately; provide an accurate vertebral count; provides full-spinal contour representation for posture analysis while the patient is standing (weight bearing); and show problems other than the chief complaint—all of which are not attainable through the use of sectional films. Full-spine x-rays are essential to Gonstead chiropractic.

2) Palpation
Both static and motion palpation are utilized in Gonstead chiropractic to precisely pinpoint problematic areas of the spine. Static palpation is the “hands on” part of the examination. This will indicate changes in contour, tone, texture and temperature of the patient’s spine. Motion palpation is used to determine fixations (or “stuck joints”) and their range of motion.

3) Instrumentation
A dual probe instrument (Nervoscope or Delta-T) is used to get a bilateral temperature comparison of the spine to locate areas of inflammation. The readings obtained through instrumentation will show whether or not subluxations are present, if they are being corrected, and when correction has been attained.

4) Visualization
This takes into account all the information possible by simply looking at patients very carefully. In the Gonstead system, visualization starts from the moment the patient walks in the door. Differences in height between the ears, shoulders and hips, as well as posture and walking stride, are useful to confirm x-ray and palpation findings.

5) Case Management (Symptomatology)
Although chiropractic is not interested in treating symptoms only, but rather finding the underlying cause to those complaints, symptoms can provide an important road map for the doctor to understand and monitor each patient’s care.

Please see “Why Gonstead?“ for more information on each of these 5 components of the Gonstead System.

Through his legacy, the Gonstead System remains the standard of excellence in the chiropractic profession and for all those who seek out chiropractic.  For more information about the Gonstead System, please visit:

The Doctor’s are  uniquely trained and certified in the Gonstead System of Adjusting.