Gonstead ChiropracticFinding a Gonstead Chiropractor isn’t as easy as it sounds. Because Gonstead demands a specific and demanding course of study, fewer doctors opt to become experts in that technique. In Durham, NC, where there are hundreds of chiropractors, only ONE runs a Gonstead office. That’s pretty significant. So what is Gonstead and what makes this technique different from other forms of chiropractic care?
The Gonstead TechniqueA Gonstead chiropractor uses five different criteria to determine a diagnosis. These criteria detect the presence of a structural problem and if a bone in the spine is misaligned. We call that incorrect alignment a “subluxation,” and if it remains unchecked, you’ll likely not only have chronic or acute pain but secondary health problems as well.
- An X-ray: Many people who come to Precision Chiropractic are surprised that they can’t get an adjustment without first having an x-ray. There’s a reason for that is simple: a Gonstead doctor believes an x-ray confirms the finding of a manual assessment and reveals the structural problem. To see is to know. And to “not see” is to guess. But it’s more than that. An x-ray allows patients to see marked and measurable progress over the course of their treatment.
- Nervoscope This is an instrument the Gonstead chiropractor runs down the length of the spine to detect the uneven distribution of heat, which could indicate inflammation and increased pressure on the nerves. At Precision Chiropractic, Doctor Martin often takes video using a patient’s own phone, so they can view how the Nervoscope needle bounces as it detects heat along the length of the spine.
- Visualization, A Gonstead doctor, will evaluate the posture and a patient’s movement to see if there are visual signs of imbalance, favoring a particular side, or the inability to move accurately and without restriction.
- Static Palpation When a Gonstead doctor “palpates” the spine, it means he is manually testing the movement of particular vertebrae in the spine. Static palpation is performed when the patient is in a seated position, and the body is stationary.
- Motion Palpation Motion palpation is when the Gonstead doctor palpates (feels) the spine to determine the range of movement of a particular segment of the spine as the patient moves, twists, or bends.
The Benefits of a Specific, Gonstead AdjustmentThe biggest difference between the Gonstead technique and other methods is most clearly seen in the results. You see, a Gonstead chiropractor is interested in being as precise as possible. And that means you can get back to feeling your best as fast as possible. Many chiropractors take a “generalist” approach to spinal health. They adjust multiple areas of the spine using a method those of us in the industry refer to as the “flying seven.” (I read one place that calls this method HEDO: Hit Every Damn One.) The truth is, because spinal health is so important, even the generalist method does help some people. But think of it this way: imagine someone goes to a nutritionist and reports being tired as one of their complaints. And imagine if the nutritionist suggested the patient take a daily multivitamin. Would that help? Possibly. It would likely help if the multivitamin has iron in it and if it wasn’t a pill of low-value filler ingredients. But wouldn’t it be more effective if the nutritionist ran a blood test and determined the patient was anemic and then recommended a high-quality iron supplement? Of course. It’s the same way in any comparison of precision to the generalist. Sure, the generalist may do some benefit. But never to the level of precise diagnosis and treatment. At Precision Chiropractic, we don’t use the “pop and pray” method when we’re dealing with something as important as the nervous system and the spine. We’re proud to be the only Gonstead chiropractic office in Durham, NC, so we can offer our patients the “gold standard” of care. As a patient of Dr. Martin, you can have the confidence that you’ll get a thorough exam that includes multiple criteria before getting at a precise diagnosis. And here’s the great thing: as a patient here, you won’t feel like you’re out of the loop in your treatment. There won’t be any mystery surrounding your health. You’ll be able to look at the x-rays yourself, and you’ll know exactly what’s happening—why you’re in pain and the possible root problem of other health issues. Plus, you’ll understand the scope of the problem, and why a “one-and-done” adjustment can’t possibly help anyone get off and stay out of chronic pain. Chiropractic care has helped many people recover from chronic, acute pain, and other health conditions. And no other chiropractic method does it with such a deliberate and precise technique. If you’re suffering from back or neck pain, or have conditions such as sciatica, carpal tunnel, or even common health conditions, such as high blood pressure, I invite you to call the office and come in for a free consultation to learn how the Gonstead Technique can help you.
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So your back hurts. Maybe you can’t even remember the last time it didn’t hurt. You’re popping Ibuprofen like they’re Skittles, and you’re wondering if you might get a little relief from yoga. Is it safe to practice yoga when your back hurts this much? Well, maybe....
PLANKS. Planks engage the abdominal muscles and back muscles, stabilizing the spinal column and mimicking proper lumbar alignment. To do them right and protect your back: Start on your forearms to avoid shoulder strain. Keep your abs tight the entire time. Do not let your back sag. Square your hips with the floor. Have someone take a picture or set up a timed photo/video so you can check whether your back is straight. This is a better way to confirm your posture than using a mirror, because the mirror requires you to twist your neck in the middle of the pose.
Comparing options of yoga, massage, PT, surgery, or a chiropractor in Durham for back pain.