The primary system we use to analyze and care for the spine is called The Gonstead Technique. A gentle and effective chiropractic technique, Gonstead is specific, accurate and precise in evaluating and adjusting the spine. Because the spinal column is a dynamic structure affecting the entire body, the Gonstead Technique requires that the entire spine be checked for motion, soft tissue and neurological dysfunction, not just the areas where symptoms exist. Often, by taking this comprehensive, proactive approach, problems that are seemingly unrelated to the primary complaint will be resolved as well.
What is Gonstead?
In the early 1960's word began to spread that there was a healer in a small farming community in Wisconsin to whom people of all ages and walks of life were flocking. The man was Clarence S. Gonstead. He became a chiropractor in 1923 following a personal experience with chiropractic that helped his body heal from a painful, crippling episode of rheumatoid arthritis. With a background in mechanical engineering, he came to apply the principles of this discipline to the evaluation of the spine.
Based on his studies, Gonstead developed the "foundation principle" to explain how a subluxation (a spinal misalignment that is stuck or "fixated" causing interference with the communication between the brain and the body resulting in nerve dysfunction and loss of good health) in one area of the spine created compensatory biomechanical changes and symptoms in another. He was a pioneer in the chiropractic profession, developing equipment and a method of analysis that used more than one criterion to verify the precise location of vertebral subluxation.
The "Ultimate Standard"
Gonstead represents the ultimate standard in "hands on" spinal adjusting and remains the leader in chiropractic techniques. Dr. Gonstead found that a pair of skilled chiropractic hands were the best tools with which to analyze and correct spinal subluxations.
The certified Gonstead practitioner is well educated in the teachings and application of this tremendously successful technique and case management system. Beyond the eight years of college and chiropractic education, passing national and state licensing board exams and participating in postgraduate education are now required to be a practicing Chiropractor. The Gonstead practitioner has spent additional time attending Gonstead Seminars to help perfect his or her application of chiropractic within the Gonstead System.
What Is The Gonstead Clinical Studies Society?
In 1979, seven doctors who had attended numerous Gonstead Seminars formed the Gonstead Clinical Studies Society (GCSS). Their purpose was to certify the skill level of chiropractors claiming to use the Gonstead Technique and to conduct chiropractic research.
The GCSS certifies Gonstead Chiropractors through a Diplomate program. To achieve "Diplomate" status in the Gonstead System, a minimum of 200 hours of classroom and practical study must be completed. At the culmination of this study, each student must pass a rigorous two-day testing procedure including written tests and hands-on evaluations. Beyond the "Diplomate" level is the further advanced "Gonstead Fellow" who oversees "quality control" of Gonstead Chiropractors.
Dr. David Rowe is a Gonstead Fellow and currently serves as the president of The Gonstead Clinical Studies Society. Dr. Cortes is a Diplomate and a rising star in the Gonstead community. All other doctors at RCO are presently working on the requirements to be eligible to obtain Diplomate certification. Receiving care from a chiropractor who has achieved the status of Diplomate or Fellow, a patient is ensured that he or she is receiving the highest quality of Gonstead care, as intended by Dr. Gonstead and certified by the Gonstead Clinical Studies Society
The GCSS has been instrumental in the creation of two fully referenced textbooks published by Williams and Wilkins. Dr. David Rowe is a contributing author of Textbook of Clinical Chiropractic; A Specific Biomechanical Approach, a scientific explanation of Dr. Gonstead's work, which has become a chiropractic best seller. This textbook is used in many chiropractic colleges and is a reference text for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Pediatric Chiropractic, released in April of 1998, was co-edited by GCSS Past President, Dr. Claudia Anrig, and GCSS Research Director, Dr. Gregory Plaugher. This is a landmark text in that it is the first complete textbook addressing the chiropractic analysis and care of children. Dr. David Rowe is a contributing author.
GCSS has become an umbrella organization for an increasing number of international and U.S. Regional chapters. The GCSS supports Gonstead Study Clubs, helping students in the various chiropractic colleges around the world master the basics of specific chiropractic care. To find out more about Gonstead Spinal Adjusting click here.