Gonstead Structural Analysis

The 5 Components of the Gonstead Exam

We believe in using ALL of the available information to make a decision concerning someone’s health. Every patient deserves to have correlated analysis in their clinical picture to ensure the highest level of Gonstead chiropractic care in Keller, Tx (Fort Worth). This allows us to make right choices and instill patient confidence in the doctor’s ability with care.

Not one component is certain which is why we use Visualization, Instrumentation, Palpation, X-Ray, and patient symptoms to determine the exact spot that we need to adjust a patient. When all of these correlate we are more likely to give the patient a specific adjustment. The greater the specificity, the greater the change we will notice in the patient’s health.

Digital Spinal Radiographs

In the Gonstead System, we utilize Full Spine films, both A-P and Lateral views. Film size is 14” x 36” allowing us to view above the atlas all the way below the ischial tuberosity. Full Spine films use less radiation than sectionals, provide an accurate vertebral count, provide full spinal contour representation for posture analysis with axial weight bearing, and show problems other than the chief complaint—all of which are not attainable through the use of sectional films. Full spine X-Rays are vital to Gonstead Chiropractic.


Both Static and Motion Palpation are utilized in Gonstead Chiropractic to precisely pin point areas of involvement. Static Palpation is the “hands on” part of the examination. This will indicate changes in contour, tone, texture and temperature on the patient. Motion Palpation is used to determine the ranges of motion and restriction of its listing.


Routinely a dual probe instrument (Nervoscope) is used to get a bilateral temperature comparison of the spine to locate areas of inflammation. The readings obtained through the meter will reveal whether or not structural shifts (subluxations) are present, if they are being corrected, and when correction has been attained.


We take into account all the information we can get from the patient by simply looking at them very carefully. In the Gonstead System, Visualization starts from the moment the patient walks in the door. Differences in height between the ears, shoulders and hips as well as posture and gait are useful to confirm your X-Ray and Palpation findings.

CASE MANAGEMENT (Symptomatology)

Although never used in a “cook-book” fashion, understanding problems with a patient’s health help us determine the area that a patient needs to be adjusted. Symptoms can help separate the two parts of the Autonomic Nervous System (Sympathetic and Parasympathetic) and aid us in applying a specific adjustment

In the Gonstead System we apply all the information from these modes of analysis and correlate our findings to determine the most likely cause of the patient’s problem. After structural shifts (Subluxations) are found, the use of the proper Gonstead technique is applied to effectively correct problem areas.

The Gonstead system focuses on the dynamics of intervertebral disc as the underlying cause of subluxations and resulting neurological dysfunction. It could then be said that Gonstead doctors are “disc doctors”.

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