Techniques

Pro-Adjuster Technique
(As taken from the Manufacture’s Website)

Imagine thirty to forty years ago, if we told you that dentistry would be painless, that doctors would watch television to perform surgeries, that brain surgery for tumors could be done with a laser, that fetuses could be operated on within the uterus, that knife-less surgery could be performed- you would not have believed us. By the same token, would you believe us if we told you that Chiropractic treatments and reorientation of the nervous system could be done comfortably, while you were sitting in an upright position without any turning or sudden movements? Would you believe that newborns as well as the elderly with osteoporosis can be treated safely and gently?

Advances in computers and engineering technologies have been able to uniquely blend with Chiropractic in order to both analyze and treat the human body in such a way that was never before realized. The potential for the human being to end pain and to achieve their peak nervous system function has never been greater. Humans are consistently asking their bodies to perform at higher levels. Now we have the techniques and the technology to match the demand placed on the spine and the nervous system. We now have the capability to fine tune our own energy and enhance every aspect of our lives.

Complex Technology, Simple Solution. The ProAdjuster.

You can achieve maximum health for your body now and in the future beginning with a simple anatomical concept. The nervous system (the brain and all the nerves) controls every function of your body. If this network is interfered with, pain ensues, as does bodily malfunction, resulting in sickness and diminished overall health. The “something” you can do to improve performance and maximize health is to maximize the health of your nervous system. There are several ways to do this. The number one way is allowing a doctor of Chiropractic using the ProAdjuster equipment to analyze and treat your nervous system.

How does the ProAdjuster work?

To better understand, let’s examine the idea of palpation. When a Chiropractor palpates your spine, they are checking for joint fluidity, motion and or rigidity. Improper motion effecting the nerve function is called a subluxation. In a similar fashion to palpation, the ProAdjuster can determine whether the vertebra’s motion is too rigid or too fluid. The spine should not be too rigid (hypo-mobile). However, instead of utilizing the doctor’s judgment as to what areas are hyper-mobile or hypo-mobile, the ProAdjuster measures precise levels of motion. Therefore, the ProAdjuster can isolate a problem area faster and more accurately than manual procedures.

Combine Tradition with Technology

To better understand, let’s examine the idea of palpation. When a Chiropractor palpates your spine, they are checking for joint fluidity, motion and or rigidity. Improper motion effecting the nerve function is called a subluxation. In a similar fashion to palpation, the ProAdjuster can determine whether the vertebra’s motion is too rigid or too fluid. The spine should not be too rigid (hypo-mobile). However, instead of utilizing the doctor’s judgment as to what areas are hyper-mobile or hypo-mobile, the ProAdjuster measures precise levels of motion. Therefore, the ProAdjuster can isolate a problem area faster and more accurately than manual procedures

If you have ever “flinched” at something, you know exactly what is meant by this. The piezoelectric sensor in the ProAdjuster instrument responds and registers information faster than your body’s ability to react. Therefore, a precise and accurate picture of the extent of rigidity or fluidity of each vertebra is reflected.

A light force is introduced into the vertebra to check motion, it is reflected back to the piezoelectric sensor, which measures the reflective force, sending it to the computer for interpretation, all before the muscle can respond in its normal way. Isn’t that incredible? This is the same technology and same type of instrument that NASA engineers have used in the space program in order to evaluate the integrity of the ceramic cooling tiles on the outside of the space shuttle. The aviation industry, as well as civil engineers have used this technology in order to test metal fatigue in aircraft and bridge spans.

Chiropractors are now able to use this highly sophisticated technology applied to the human body in order to determine proper function. We can have the same level of care given to our bodies as multi- million dollar spacecraft. Doesn’t that give you a sense of being special and give you a higher level of confidence?

How can anything so gentle and comfortable change my spine?

The ProAdjuster utilizes a precise oscillating force with uninterrupted motion. It is able to increase the mobility of the spinal segments by reducing or enabling motion in the abnormal areas. In other words, the ProAdjuster is “unsticking” the joint. Have you ever seen a woodpecker tapping in an oscillating fashion on a tree? It is hard to believe, but you can watch them bore right through the hardest wood! The ProAdjuster taps in much the same way but uses soft tips that are comfortable to the human body and do not create damage.

ProAdjuster Results

First, our doctors will engage in a one-on-one conversation with you to determine your medical history and the possible causes of your problem. The adjustment and treatment procedures then can be customized to fit each patient’s needs.

The next step in evaluation and treatment is to utilize the ProAdjuster’s sophisticated computerized analysis to pinpoint the problem areas. The information is then charted graphically on a computer monitor, so your doctor can detect the problem areas on each and every visit

Your doctor will now begin treatment with the ProAdjuster. By applying the ProAdjuster’s resonant force impulses precisely to the affected areas, you will receive gentle, effective treatment to that specific area, thereby reducing the subluxation. This will relieve the pressure on the nerve, allow the nerve to heal and restore the nerve’s ability to transmit signals to and from the brain more freely. Most importantly, it will help relieve the pain! In addition, your doctor may again take the readings after the adjustment with the ProAdjuster to compare the results. That’s putting analysis on a whole new level!

If you are looking to enjoy more quality time with your family, have more energy and less fatigue, perform better at work and live life to the fullest with less limitations, then give Chiropractic and the ProAdjuster a try! You’ll be very glad you did!

Gonstead Technique
(As described by Wikipedia)

Clarence Gonstead was born in Willow Lake, South Dakota on July 23, 1898, the son of Carl and Sarah Gonstead. A few years later, his family moved to a dairy farm in Primrose, Wisconsin. As a boy, Clarence was interested in repairing tractors and early automobiles, something that would come in handy later in life.

At the age of 19, Gonstead was bedridden with rheumatoid arthritis in his left knee so severe he could not even stand to have the bedsheets touch his knee After exhausting all other methods, his aunt sought help for Clarence from a chiropractor named Dr. J. B. Olson in Madison, WI. After some adjustments, young Clarence could walk again. Gonstead soon after decided to become a chiropractor to get sick people well. He would later enroll in the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa headed by Dr. B.J. Palmer, the developer of chiropractic.

Meanwhile Gonstead continued work as an automotive engineer in Madison, WI and later Racine, WI. The job allowed him to save enough money to pay for chiropractic school but more importantly, it taught him basic mechanical engineering concepts that he would later apply to the practice of chiropractic.

While enrolled in the Palmer School of Chiropractic, Dr. Gonstead became a member of the chiropractic fraternity Delta Sigma Chi, a professional fraternity whose expansive membership includes many of the leaders in chiropractic as well as many of the developers of techniques. Gonstead earned a doctor of chiropractic degree in 1923 and returned to his native Wisconsin. He would first practice with Dr. Olson, the man who inspired him to become a chiropractor, before establishing a practice in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. His younger brother Merton would join his practice in 1929 for a few years before starting his own practice in Monroe, Wisconsin and later Beloit, Wisconsin. He would remain a sole-practitioner for the next twenty years.

Dr. Gonstead’s method of chiropractic practice was a natural extension of his training from Dr. B.J. Palmer at the Palmer School of Chiropractic. While Dr. Gonstead was a student, Dr. B.J. Palmer began promoting the Neurocalometer (NCM), a chiropractic invention of Dossa Evins, DC to find and monitor subluxations in addition to using X-ray to determine the vertebral misalignment. In practice, Dr. Gonstead assisted in various efforts to improve the quality of these two instruments. For the NCM, it started in 1940’s when Dr. Gonstead became a consultant for Electronic Development Laboratories (EDL), Inc. EDL made the original Nervoscope, a competitor device to the Palmer endorsed NCM. Over the years, Dr. Gonstead helped the company define the device’s sensitivity parameters and function. He also worked with various X-ray companies to optimize full-spine 14×36 X-ray exposure, primarily the use of split screens to account for varying patient density on the lateral film.

Dr. Gonstead is recognized for applying basic mechanical principles to analyzing the spine by using weight-bearing X-ray films. The early chiropractic profession, along with the medical profession, marvelled over the X-ray invention. Chiropractors were particularly interested in using the machine to find the subluxation but without a definite answer, chiropractors became split on its value and clinical application. That was not the case for Dr. Gonstead. He soon recognized that a number of conditions displayed consistent spinal patterns that violated basic mechanical engineering principles. As these ideas matured, they became known as the Level Foundation principle and the Gonstead Disc Concept.

The Level Foundation principle states that any deviation of the spine by a particular segment away from vertical straight is an area of potential misalignment; any deviation of the spine by a particular segment that returns the spine to vertical straight is an area of compensation. The Gonstead Disc Concept attempted to redefine the chiropractic term subluxation. The prevailing hypothesis presented by D.D and B. J. Palmer was that the subluxation was the result of a vertebral bone causing nerve pressure. Accoding to the Gonstead Disc Concept, the vertebral disc is the primary culprit of nerve pressure.

Along with developing his own unique technique in chiropractic, Dr. Gonstead is recognized for his motto: “Find the subluxation, accept it where you find it, correct it, then leave it alone.” Following the Gonstead Disc Concept, the adjustment’s line-of-drive follows the disc plane line. The result is a distinctive cavitation that characterizes Gonstead style adjustments from more rotational vectored adjustments common with osteopathic manipulation and chiropractic’s Diversified technique. To optimize disc plane line adjusting vectors, Dr. Gonstead had local cabinet makers make his own adjusting tables, later called the Gonstead Set. He also worked with chiropractic table manufacturer Zenith in designing other pieces. In summary, his method consists of five evaluative critera (visualization, instrumentation, static palpation, motion palpation, and X-ray analysis

Due to Dr. Gonstead’s clinical success and his ability to attract patients from 2 states away, a few chiropractors got together asked Dr. Gonstead to teach them what he was doing. This eventually became the Gonstead Seminar. Dr. Gonstead’s seminar program was popular among chiropractors, but it took on greater significance when it helped reorient the failing Palmer School School of Chiropractic. Starting in the early 1930s after Gonstead’s graduation, the school narrowed its scope of adjustment by teaching Upper Cervical Specific, also known as Hole-In-One (HIO) which focused on C1-C2. For nearly thirty years, graduates of PSC were taught only the upper cervical adjustment, with little education in full-spine adjusting. Hence Dr. Gonstead’s seminar program filled a void. When B.J. Palmer died in 1961, BJ’s son and successor at PSC David D. Palmer invoked a number of educational changes. One of them included changing the school’s curriculum to full-spine chiropractic. To assist in the change, the school worked with Dr. Gonstead and his staff to begin teaching the material at PSC in 1963