The Gonstead System
EXPERIENCE THE GONSTEAD DIFFERENCE
What makes Dr. Kragt and his technique so special?
Dr. Jake utilizes the Gonstead System of Analysis at Abundant Life Chiropractic. The Gonstead technique has been proven to be the most specific, scientific, and most effective chiropractic adjustment technique to date. Chiropractic has come a long way since Daniel D. Palmer gave his first adjustment in September 1895 in Davenport, Iowa. Today, there are many methods used by chiropractors to correct spinal misalignment, joint dysfunction and subluxation complexes. While most Chiropractors in the field utilize a "mixed bag" of chiropractic techniques, the Gonstead Technique continues to be the gold standard in the Chiropractic profession.
The Gonstead Doctor
Dr. Kragt goes beyond what many chiropractors consider a spinal assessment by conducting a thorough analysis of your spine using five criteria to detect the presence of the vertebral subluxation complex every time you get a specific adjustment.
Visualization — Visualization is a way to cross reference all the other findings. Dr. Jake is an expert in looking for subtle changes in your posture and movement which could indicate any problems.
Instrumentation — The instrument of choice in the Gonstead System is the Nervoscope. The Nervoscope detects uneven distributions of heat along the spine which can be indicative of inflammation and nerve pressure. This instrument is guided down the length of your back and feels like two fingers gliding down each side of your spine.
Static Palpation — This is the process of palpating (or feeling) your spine in a static (or stationary) position. Dr. Jake will feel for the presence of edema (or swelling), tenderness and any abnormal texture or tightness in the muscles and other tissues of your back.
Motion Palpation — This process involves feeling the spine while moving and bending it at various angles. This enables Dr. Jake to determine how easily or difficult each segment in your spine moves in different directions.
X-Ray Analysis — X-ray films enable Dr. Jake to visualize the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating posture, joint and disc integrity, vertebral misalignments and ruling out any pathologies, or recent fractures that may be present or contributing to the patient’s condition. These full-spine radiographs are taken in the standing, weight-bearing position to fully substantiate the examination findings.
The Gonstead Adjustment
After a complete analysis, Dr. Kragt is ready to deliver any necessary adjustments. The focus of the Gonstead adjustment is to be as specific, precise and accurate as possible, addressing only the subluxated areas (areas of problem). Great care is taken to ensure a bio-mechanically correct position and precise, gentle thrust to provide the most accurate and painless adjustment possible. It is the goal of Dr. Kragt to restore and maintain optimal health by locating and correcting any interference to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxation. By removing interference to the nervous system, it allows the body to communicate with all of its parts and heal the way it was designed to.