Although many valuable techniques have been developed in the chiropractic profession, the Gonstead System is considered a "gold standard" for chiropractic care because of its record of safety and effectiveness in correcting vertebral subluxations, or the misalignments of the spinal vertebrae that put pressure on nerves roots and cause symptoms as a result of poor neurological function.
Gonstead chiropractic is the system of chiropractic care developed by Clarence S. Gonstead, DC. Dr Gonstead graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College and enjoyed a career that eventually spanned over 55 years. He built the world's largest chiropractic clinic and adjusted over one million patients personally, with his clinic treating over four million patients from all over the world.
Dr. Gonstead spent over five decades researching the cause of the verebral subluxation complex. He concluded that if the doctor could remove the nerve pressure caused by the subluxation, the patient's own innate healing ability would take over and do what it does best, heal the body. His system of chiropractic is considered to be the most biomechanically sound system known, and as a tribute to his contributions to the field of chiropractic care, Dr. Gonstead became known as the "Chiropractor's chiropractor".
The Gonstead system of chiropractic is unique among other chiropractic techniques in that it is a complete system that allows the doctor to not only correct the subluxation, but also guides him in finding the problem and managing the patient's case from the initial exam to the maintenance phase of treatment. All adjustments are specifically chosen to focus on the target area. Therefore, Gonstead method chiropractic achieves results faster and with fewer treatments than many other chiropractic techniques.
The goal of Gonstead chiropractic care is to get you feeling better as quickly as possible with as few adjustments as necessary. When you come in for your initial visit, Dr. Vaughn will employ at least 6 criteria to diagnose the problem and decide on the most effective treatment plan.
1. He will take a detailed patient history.
2. He will use a heat sensing instrument to very accurately measure minute temperature differences in the vertebral segments of the spine.
3. Dr. Vaughn will then touch or "palpate" the skin feeling for signs of the problem.
4. He will move the joints in question to determine improper motion.
5. He will look at the spine as he moves you in different ranges of motion to see what the spine is doing.
6. Finally, Dr. Vaughn will consult with the x-ray's, if needed, of the full spine to see exactly how to move the bone back to its proper position.
With this information Dr. Vaughn will determine the best way to correct the problem using very specific contacts on the spine with just the right amount of speed and force to allow the bone to return to its proper place. No other technique in chiropractic is as true to the science, philosophy, and art of chiropractic as Gonstead.
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