Why settle for anything less than comprehensive information when making crucial decisions about someone's health? Every patient deserves the highest level of chiropractic care in Kahului, HI, achieved through a thorough analysis that correlates various aspects of their clinical picture. This approach ensures specificity and fosters patient confidence in the doctor's ability to provide effective care.
The Gonstead Technique relies on five essential components: Visualization, Instrumentation, Palpation, X-Ray, and patient symptoms. By integrating these elements, we can pinpoint the precise location that requires adjustment. When all these factors align, we can provide the patient with a specific and effective adjustment. Specificity is the key, as Dr. Gonstead emphasized that three adjustments on the wrong vertebral segment could lead to a Subluxation, highlighting the importance of precision.
In the Gonstead System, Full Spine X-Rays are crucial, capturing both A-P and Lateral views. These films measure 14" x 36" and include the area from ischia to occiput. Full Spine X-Rays use less radiation compared to sectional films and offer numerous advantages.
They provide an accurate count of vertebrae, offer a comprehensive view of spinal contour for posture analysis with axial weight bearing, and reveal issues beyond the chief complaint. These factors make Full Spine X-Rays indispensable in Gonstead Chiropractic, allowing us to fully analyze and correct a patient's condition.
Gonstead Chiropractic employs both Static and Motion Palpation techniques to precisely identify areas of concern. Static Palpation is a hands-on examination that detects changes in contour, tone, texture, and temperature on the patient. Motion Palpation, on the other hand, is used to identify subluxations and their listings.
The use of a dual probe instrument, such as the Nervoscope or Delta-T, plays a pivotal role in the Gonstead Technique. It allows for a bilateral temperature comparison of the spine, helping to locate areas of inflammation. The readings obtained through instrumentation indicate the presence of subluxations, their correction progress, and when correction has been achieved.
Visualization begins the moment a patient enters the clinic in the Gonstead System. We carefully observe the patient, taking note of differences in ear, shoulder, and hip heights, posture, and gait. This visual assessment complements the information gathered through X-Rays and Palpation, aiding in the diagnostic process.
Case Management (Symptomatology)
Although not applied in a rigid "cook-book" manner, understanding a patient's health issues helps us determine the specific area that requires adjustment. Symptoms can also assist in differentiating between the two parts of the Autonomic Nervous System (Sympathetic and Parasympathetic) and guide us in delivering precise adjustments.
In the Gonstead System, we synthesize information from these various analysis modes and correlate our findings to identify the likely cause of the patient's problem. Once Subluxations are pinpointed, we apply the appropriate Gonstead technique to effectively correct the problem areas.
The Gonstead system places a strong emphasis on the dynamics of intervertebral discs as the root cause of subluxations and resulting neurological dysfunction. Therefore, Gonstead doctors are often referred to as "disc doctors," focusing on addressing these underlying issues for the benefit of their patients' overall health and well-being.
Dr. Gonstead's Disc Theory of Subluxation
Dr. Gonstead postulated that when the Parallel Disc relationship is compromised by vertebral misalignment the pivot point of the nucleus pulposus is compressed and puts pressure against the surrounding annular fibers damaging them.
This tissue damage creates and inflammatory response causing the disc to expand, and it is this expansion which puts pressure on the nerves in a given intervertebral foramen resulting in neurological dysfunction.
The Gonstead system says for this reason that subluxations begin at the disc, it is important to understand the stages of degeneration so as to visualize what adjusting direction and force must be applied for correction.
Dr. Gonstead's Level Disc Theory
In the spine intervertebral discs act as both a protective cushion allowing for flexibility as well as a supportive coupling between vertebral bodies to insure a normal and healthy range of motion.
The Nucleus Pulposus is the dense central mass which holds fluids and nutrients and functions as a pivot point or “ball bearing” during movement of a vertebral couple. The Annulus Fibrosis is the outlying layers of fibrocartilage and collengenous fibers, much the “rings” observed in a cross section of a tree trunk. The Annulus is anchored to the cartilaginous end plates of adjacent vertebral bodies.
Dr. Gonstead’s Level Disc Theory states that “anatomically and physiologically normal discs will allow the vertebral bodies to assume their optimum relationships”. This is observed when the vertical height of a vertebral couple is uniform 360º around with the vertebral bodies in line. This relationship is known as “Parallel Discs” and allows for equal weight bearing, adequate nutrient supply and optimal joint function and movement in the spine.
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