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:
At least three years of practice with regard to this technique specifically;
A minimum of 238 hours post-graduate Gonstead technique study; and
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: