This is simply the process of feeling (or palpate) your spine in a stationary position. Your chiropractor will feel for the presence of swelling (or edema), tenderness and any abnormal texture or tightness in the muscles and other tissue of your back.
This process involves feeling the movement of the spines in various angles. It enables the chiropractor to determine how easily or difficult each segment in your spine moves in different directions.
The instrumentation 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.
Visualization is a way to cross reference all other findings. Your chiropractor is an expert in looking for subtle changes in your posture and movement which could indicate any problems.
X ray enables your doctor 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 misalignment.
Gonstead adjustments are not a random manipulation or “cracking” onto your spine. It is designed to specifically correct a spinal segment or joint dysfunction. No rotation of the spine will be involved in the adjustment. In addition, a Gonstead adjustment will only be delivered with the indication of the five criteria mentioned above.