When you search the key word “chiropractic care”, undoubtedly many of us would pop up on your screen. Besides location, price, insurance and reviews, one other important aspect should pay attention to is what kinds of “method” the doctor is practicing.
I often use martial art as an analogy to describe Chiropractic profession. In general, learning martial art is a great training for oneself for both physical and mental. However, with many selections such as Tae Kwang Do, Judo, MMA to name a few, which one is good for you? This is where as the consumer, you will have to do the homework. You will need to read, watch and even try them out before you settle the one you really enjoy. Sometimes you might not find it right away but continue search you will find “THE” one.
Same can be say about the chiropractic profession. Chiropractic is a great health sector to facilitate the healing journey for oneself. We correct the misalignment (called Subluxation) in the spine to restore the proper NERVE communication and function. Same as the martial art, we also have variety of methods within our profession; Gonstead, SOT, upper cervical, NUCCA, and activator to name a few. In fact, if you google it, there are approximately more than 200+ methods. Aren’t that amazing?
What is Gonstead Method?
The Gonstead method was founded by Dr. Gonstead in 1934 and has quickly became one of the longest running and profound technique since then. He used his mechanical engineering background to develop the system based on 2 principles: the foundational theory and the intervertebral disc (IVD). Just like building a sky scrapper, the foundation must be set right in order to build a strong structure. Same principle can be applied to human spinal column which need to have a balanced pelvis (foundation) for spine to be optimal. In addition, he was also the first person to discover the inflamed and misplaced IVD is one of the main causes of spine to be subluxated. He also found that in order to deliver the BEST RESULTS, it is important to be as specific as possible and to only adjust the segment that was misaligned and not to randomly manipulated (“cracks) and rotate the spine.
Why Dr. Wu Choose Gonstead?
The Gonstead method emphasizes the importance of finding the cause of a problem and not chasing the symptoms. That is the reason why Dr. Gosntead was able to produce results in shorter time frames than most doctors. He understood the importance of the biomechanics of all joints and foundation level principle in conjunction to nervous system regulates everything in the body. The meticulous examination, detailed full spine x-ray analysis, precise instrumentation reading, and specific adjustment is what really resonate with me. I have been studying Gonstead Technique since first quarter of chiropractic school and still enjoying as much as I was 12 years ago.
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