The Gonstead Chiropractic System was developed by Dr. Clarence Gonstead using extensive clinical research during his 55 years of practice. His research resulted in the most complete biomechanical analysis available for use by today's chiropractors. Dr. Norman Bishop, a Gonstead chiropractor, uses the Gonstead system comprised of five steps or tools to analyze human biomechanics:
- Visualization of subtle and significant postural changes;
- Instrumentation which detects uneven heat distribution along the spine indicating inflammation and nerve pressure;
- Static Palpation which is a process of using the hands to feel or palpate surrounding spinal tissues which may be tender, swollen or tight;
- Motion Palpation that uses the hands to move the spine to analyze individual vertebral mechanical changes;
- X-ray Analysis to analyze posture, joint and disc integrity and vertebral misalignment while identifying pathological processes or recent fractures which may be contributing to a health condition. These x-rays are taken while standing and bearing the body's weight and analyzed to verify postural changes and to determine specific areas of vertebral misalignment. Here at Trident Chiropractic, Chiropractor in North Charleston, we use the Gonstead Chiropractic system exclusively.