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Chiropractic Economics August 8, 2018

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Founder: Clarence S. Gonstead, DC

Year founded: Gonstead began practicing chiropractic in 1923, with popularity of his technique growing over time. It became such a preferred method of chiropractic that, in 1939, he is said to have treated up to 250 patients per day, six and a half days a week.

Certification requirements: This technique is taught at a basic level during chiropractic school. However, there is also an option to become a Gonstead Diplomate, which has the following requirements:

  1. At least three years of practice with regard to this technique specifically;

  2. A minimum of 238 hours post-graduate Gonstead technique study; and

  3. Advanced proficiency and understanding of this technique, which is demonstrated by passing a written and practical exam.

​Technique description: Research published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine explains that the Gonstead technique is “a full-spine osseous technique, emphasizing specific high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) thrusts.” Basic technique principles: The Gonstead Clinical Studies Society states that the basic principle of this technique is that, for the body to achieve maximum health, its foundation—the pelvic girdle—must first be stable. If it is out of alignment in any way, “dramatic changes may occur in the body.” Sometimes these changes are a result of pressure placed on the spinal discs, whether from one major event or several minor events that have happened over time. This can cause the discs to separate or swell and protrude, compressing nerves that can then become inflamed to the point where they inhibit proper transmission to the rest of the body.

Conditions this technique helps treat: Studies have found that the Gonstead technique can help treat conditions such as:

  • ​Migraine headaches. In September 2011, the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine published a case study involving a 52-year-old woman who had suffered from monthly migraine headaches that were strong enough to induce nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light. After receiving chiropractic care via the Gonstead technique, she was able to go six months with no migraine episodes.

  • Bell’s palsy. Research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics connects the Gonstead technique with improvement in symptoms related to Bell’s palsy. In this case, those symptoms included paralysis on the right side of the face, pain in the jaw and neck, and phonophobia, or fear of loud sounds.

  • TMJ. The Gonstead technique helped one patient completely resolve symptoms associated with TMJ (temporomandibular disorder)—ear pain, tinnitus, hearing issues, a history of ear infections, and headaches—after nine visits according to a case study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.

  • ​Infertility. A case study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research in 2003 reported that a 27-year-old female with infertility issues over the previous five years was able to sustain a successful pregnancy after engaging in 14 chiropractic visits using the Gonstead technique.

  • ​Neonatal constipation. According to a case report published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health in 2011, with 10 weeks of chiropractic therapy via the Gonstead technique, constipation was resolved in an 11-week-old baby boy, a condition that was affecting the child’s eating and sleeping habits and causing him to cry excessively.

  • ​Poor posture. One 2013 study in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science found that, compared to a control group, participants receiving pelvic adjustment through the Gonstead technique experienced “significant results” in trunk imbalance, pelvic position, pelvic torsion, and position of the scapulae, all of which are critical to good posture.

This article courtesy of Chiro Economics.com

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