The Gonstead System
Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead practiced chiropractic from 1923 until 1978. He developed "The Gonstead System" as a unique approach to chiropractic because it is thorough, complete and specific in both analyzing and treating the spine. As a Gonstead practitioner, Dr. Mosbach, addresses your entire spine when evaluating for the presence of vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments producing nerve interference or irritation) which cause ill health.
The Gonstead Analysis
As a Gonstead chiropractor, Dr. Mosbach, conducts a through analysis of your spine using five main criteria to detect the presence of the vertral subluxation complex.
Patient History - Listening to the patient tells Dr. Mosbach what to focus his attention towards. Knowing what your symptoms are and what brought you to the office is important, but asking the right kind a questions is equally important in determining what and where the underlying problem is and how to correct it.
X-ray Analysis - X-ray films enable Dr. Mosbach to visualize the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating for any fractures, posture, joint and disc integrity and vertebral misalignments.
Instrumentation - Instrumentation measures and detects uneven distrubutions of heat along the spine which can be indicative of imflammation and nerve pressure. Besides using computerized instrumentation to record his findings, Dr. Mosbach also uses a Nervoscope which is the more traditional instrument of choice in the Gonstead System. This instrument is guided down the length of your back and feels like two fingers gliding down each side of our spine. Using instrumentation is not only helpful in detecting where the problem is but can be an ideal way of measuring a patient's progress from visit to visit .
Palpation - This is simply the process of feeling (or palpating) your spine in a stationary position and while moving and bending the spine at various angles. Dr. Mosbach feels for the presence of swelling (or edema), tenderness, muscle spasm, and for how easily or difficult each segment in your spine moves in different directions.
Visualization - Visualization is a way to cross reference all the other findings. Dr. Mosbach is an expert in looking for subtle changes in your posture and movement which could indicate any problems related to the spine.