Chiropractic Methods

Basic Principles of the Gonstead Chiropractic Method

The pelvic girdle forms the body’s foundation and when this is level there is balance and stability in the spinal column. When any of the hip bones or lower bones of the back becomes rotated out of position, startling changes happen. Rotation of these bones causes pressure on the discs separating the vertebrae.


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Nature often kicks in and the body can adjust and re-position the bones into place; however, there are times when it too much for the body to adjust itself. The pads between the vertebrae will swell and protrude when there is a misalignment on the disc. A fundamental part of the Gonstead method is the ability to find these misalignments and correct them.

When the space between the spinal bones narrows or cuts off and kinks in your spinal column, it is called “subluxation.” The nerve ending becomes pinched at this point and interrupts the nerve signal which then causes pain, degeneration of the muscle and loss of function. The Gonstead application method is to adjust the back, removing pressure from the nerve and restoring joint function. The nerve function is restored as well as the nerve path which regains the ability to send and receive impulses.

Activator Chiropractic Method

The same conditions of the spinal column are addressed with the Activator Chiropractic Method as they are with the Gonstead Method. The difference is in the application of relief. The Activator is a technique using a spring loaded tool called, an Activator. This tool replaces the manual form of manipulating the spine and often reduces the jolting of the patient. The doctor continuously “pops” the vertebra with the activator until it has been realigned.

Both procedures have many followers. It appears it is one’s personal preference as each style claims to work best. For more information and to have your questions answered about restoring nerve function contact Dr. Supnick at the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw.

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