Therapy & Process
Your Gonstead Chiropractor is interested in the type of problem or discomfort you are experiencing. There are many factors that cause spinal problems. Chiropractors call these subluxations and any of the three T’s can cause these Trauma : Falls, slips, postural strain, repetitive stress Toxin : Environmental, chemical exposure, medications, chemicals in food Thoughts : Emotional stress, work or relationship trouble, money worries, personal traumas Your Gonstead Chiropractor will ask questions regarding the location and characteristics of your problem and what activities will typically relieve or aggravate it. This important information will help to evaluate your condition and overall health.
Your Gonstead Chiropractor can gain a lot of information from observing your spine. The curves of your spine, the level of your head, shoulders and hips, give an indication of your spinal health. Often the way in which you walk, or move your body, will give a clue as to the location of the subluxation.
Your Gonstead Chiropractor will use an instrument called a nervoscope which measures skin temperature on either side of the spine. The blood flow to the skin is regulated by spinal nerves. A change in spinal function will cause a change in nerve function, therefore affecting the blood flow to the skin and its temperature, which helps to determine the location of subluxation.
This is a method of feeling your spine and surrounding tissues for problems, including local tenderness or swelling. Your Gonstead Chiropractor also feels for the presence of tight or tender muscle fibres, while your spine is in a stationary and relaxed position.
Your Gonstead Chiropractor will complete a thorough motion assessment, evaluating each and every spinal and pelvic joint. Your Gonstead Chiropractor can obtain a great deal of information from how your spine and body moves.
Your Gonstead Chiropractor will evaluate your X-rays to rule out pathology, assess the condition of your intervertebral discs and your spinal joints. Your posture as shown on the X-ray can give valuable information about the function of your spine and pelvis. This not only enables your Chiropractor to determine the cause of your problem, but how to best correct it.
If your Gonstead Chiropractor feels you would be better off helped by another health care provider, you will be referred appropriately.