The Gonstead Technique

The Gonstead Technique

forest_lake_chiropracticThe Gonstead chiropractor conducts a thorough analysis of your spine using five criteria to detect the presence of the vertebral subluxation complex.

1. X-Ray Analysis
X-Ray films enable us to visualize the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating for any disease processes, fracture, posture, joint and disc integrity and vertebral misalignments.

2. Precise, Accurate and Small Adjustments
The instrument of choice in the Gonstead System is the Nervoscope. The Nervoscope detects uneven distributions of heat along the spine which can be indicative of inflammation and nerve pressure. This instrument is guided down the length of your back and feels like two fingers gliding down each side of your spine.

3. Static Palpation
This is simply the process of feeling (or palpating) your spine in a stationary (or static) position. We will feel for the presence of swelling (or edema), tenderness and any abnormal texture or tightness in the muscles and other tissues of your back.

4. Motion Palpation
This process involves feeling the spine while moving and bending it at various angles. This enables us to determine how easily or difficult each segment in your spine moves in different directions.

5. Visualization
Visualization is a way to cross reference all the other findings. We are experts in looking for subtle changes in your posture and movement which could indicate any problems.

After a complete analysis, we are ready to deliver any necessary spinal adjustments. The focus of our adjustment is to be as specific, precise and accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas (areas of subluxation).

Great care is taken to ensure a mechanically correct position and precise thrust to provide the most accurate and painless adjustment possible. It is our goal to restore and maintain optimal health by locating and correcting any interference to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxation.

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Our Technology

What Our State-of-the-Art Technology Does For You

forest_lake_chiropracticThe Myovision

  • Detects areas of nerve disturbance
  • Documents and monitors your results
  • Helps us deliver the appropriate chiropractic care

Four important factors to consider before the tests are administered:

Do the Myovision tests hurt?
Absolutely not. The tests do not utilize any needles, electrical shock, or heat whatsoever. They are receiving important information from your Central Nervous System

Why does the chiropractor administer these tests?
Our purpose for administering these tests is to detect and pinpoint abnormal function in the nerve system which cannot be seen on X-ray. Abnormal nerve system function causes abnormal muscle function then causing abnormal spinal function. The standard tests will measure 1) SEMG – the amount of electrical current in the muscles, 2) Thermography – skin temperature along the spine.

Why is it important to monitor the results?
Your chiropractor wants the best results for practice members like yourself. He/she can easily monitor your changes through periodic progressive assessments. It has been proven that a very slight amount of pressure (the weight of a dime!) can disturb the communication of the Nervous System whether or not symptoms are present. How can the chiropractor measure the results after removing pressure? By using the advanced technology of the Myovision. This is vitally necessary to monitor how the Nervous System is working. Improved nerve system function is the key to improving your health and well-being.

How will this test benefit me?
For years, a major concern of the public has been, Why do I have to keep coming back when I’m pain-free? or How do I know if I’m getting the proper amount of adjustments? Now you are able to actually see the changes, and it will be easier to understand the amount and type of care you are receiving. Because of this technology, your chiropractor can provide a “tailor-made” program to meet your specific health needs.

Surface Electromyography (SEMG Scan)
Your muscles are controlled by your nerves. The SEMG will measure the amount of electrical current going to the muscles tested. The SEMG is to the muscles what the EKG is to the heart. The EMG pinpoints areas of abnormal electrical conductivity within the muscle tested. Abnormal electrical activity will be indicated by colors and/or abnormal patterns. The abnormal activity is an objective sign of the subluxation process.

Muscle Balance (Symmetry)
Muscle Balance is extremely important because the vertebrae in the spine depend on the muscles to move properly. If one or more vertebrae are out of their normal position, it also disturbs nerve function. This disturbance creates muscle imbalance caused by an abnormal amount of electrical current in the muscles on either side of the spine. As a result of this disturbance, the muscles can become weaker or stronger, tighter or fatigued. The bottom line is the muscles are out of balance. The abnormal muscle pattern on the scan reveals an increased amount of tension/pull on one side compared to the other (similar to a Tug-of-War).

Temperature Differences (Thermal Scan)
The thermal scan measures the loss of autonomic nerve system function and guides us, nerve by nerve and organ by organ in the development of the disease process before it becomes symptomatic.

The blood vessels are controlled by the same part of the Central Nervous System that runs your organs and glands, known as the Autonomic nerve system. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and the blood vessels under the skin work as the body’s thermostat. (They expand to release heat and contract to retain heat controlling the body’s temperature.)

If your body temperature is 98.6 degrees, then the left and right sides of your spine should be also the same temperature. When the communication between the Nerve System and the blood vessels is disturbed, it causes the body’s thermostat to malfunction producing an imbalanced temperature reading along the spine.

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Forest Lake, MN 55025
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