The Gonstead Technique
The gold standard in chiropractic care.
Bianco Family Chiropractic has the distinction of being one of two chiropractors, in Delaware County, certified in the Gonstead Technique. Throughout his life, Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead, focused on bio-mechanical dysfunction and its role in neuromusculoskeletal pain. His work advanced chiropractic to a bio-mechanical science. As such, the Gonstead Technique is considered the international standard for result-driven chiropractic care.
The Gonstead Difference
Scientific approach. Undeniable results.
Compared to other chiropractors, certified Gonstead chiropractors conduct a more intensive analysis of the patient. A baseline spinal assessment uses five criteria to detect bio-mechanical problems - visualization, instrumentation, static palpation, motion palpation, and X-ray analysis.
This in-depth examination lets the doctor adjust the patient with superior precision, exclusively addressing compromised vertebrae, not all of them.
The Gonstead adjustment moves the vertebra forward without any twisting or rotating of the spine. Cervical/neck manipulation is especially unique as it is done with the patient seated.
This, along with the method to adjust the lumbar spine/lower back, is done without turning the spine both ways. Thus, the audible “crack” heard using other techniques is virtually eliminated.
To remain a certified Gonstead practice, Bianco Family Chiropractic is required to have more education hours, more seminar hours, and more practice hours than offices licensed in other techniques. Patients also receive the most advanced radiology and diagnostic studies to create an informed, strategic care plan that addresses each patient’s specific needs.
The Gonstead Assessment
The Gonstead Chiropractor conducts a more rigorous spinal assessment by conducting a thorough analysis of your spine using the following criteria to detect vertebral subluxation complex:
Visualization — Visualization is a way to cross reference all the other findings. Your chiropractor is an expert in looking for subtle changes in your posture and movement which could indicate any problems.
Instrumentation — The instrument 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.
Static Palpation — This is simply the process of feeling (or palpating) your spine in a stationary (or static) position. Your chiropractor will feel for the presence of swelling (or edema), tenderness and any abnormal texture or tightness in the muscles and other tissues of your back.
Motion Palpation — This process involves feeling the spine while moving and bending it at various angles. This enables the chiropractor to determine how easily or difficult each segment in your spine moves in different directions.
X-Ray Analysis — X-ray films enable your doctor to visualize the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating posture, joint and disc integrity, vertebral misalignments and ruling out any pathologies, or recent fractures that may be present or contributing to the patient’s condition. These full-spine radiographs are taken in the standing, weight-bearing position to fully substantiate the examination findings.