The Gonstead System

The Gonstead System was developed by Dr. Clarence Gonstead who practiced in Mt Horeb, WI.  His “foundation principle” explains how a vertebral subluxation complex pattern in one area of the spine can produce compensatory changes in another.  The technique’s scientific exactness, effect on patients, and predictability of prompt results, all help the Gonstead practitioner give patients the care they desire.  It is the thorough analysis, full spine, weight bearing x-rays, and specific adjustments that set the Gonstead practitioner apart from all others.

The Gonstead doctor begins your care with a very thorough analysis of your spine using five distinct criteria to analyze each individual patient for signs of vertebral subluxation.


Motion palpation of the spine allows the Gonstead doctor to feel exactly which motion unit is not moving to its full ability and range of motion.


Visualization of the spine allows the Gonstead doctor to see postural problems, scoliosis, and observe the patient’s gait (how they walk).


The nervoscope is an instrument that detects temperature differences along the spine. These temperature differences are indicative of vertebral subluxation complex patterns. This instrument is gently glided down your spine at each visit.


This is the process of feeling (palpating) the spine in a neutral (static) position. Static palpation allows the Gonstead doctor to detect muscle spasms, edema (excess of fluid) and inflammation around the spinal joints.


If warranted, the Gonstead doctor will take full spine, weight-bearing x-rays. This type of x-ray gives the Gonstead doctor a more accurate picture of your spine and lets him see the exact position of each bone in relation to the one above and the one below it.


The Gonstead System is acknowledged as one of the safest systems of evaluating and caring for the spine.