What is the Gonstead Method?
THE GONSTEAD DIFFERENCE ("Find the subluxation. Accept it where you find it. Correct it. Leave it alone." Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead)
WELCOME to the exciting world of health through chiropractic! Doctor Lemongello uses the Gonstead System and would like for you to understand what to expect on your visits and to learn more about the thorough exam process that makes your chiropractor unique. Please fell free to ask questions and express any concerns you may have. We are dedicated to your health.
Vertebral Subluxation Complex and YourHealth
Chiropractors help in correcting the vertebral subluxation complex (VSC) so that your body can function more normally and begin its healing process. VSC is a condition which may affect your muscles, your nerve tissues and your joints. It may result in impaired spinal function causing pain, lack of motion, and interference with normal nerve activity. This may lead to a wide variety of bodily symptoms such as pain, numbness and tingling in your body's joints, as well as problems with internal organs such as your stomach, lungs, etc. If not taken care of, permanent damage may result.
There are many factors that cause VSC: falls, jolts, strains, car accidents, stress and emotional upsets as well as lifestyle habits such as improper exercise, sleep, diet and work.
Because many of these factors probably affect you, it is important to have your spine checked regularly and not just when you experience pain or other symptoms. As a Gonstead chiropractor, Dr Lemongello will help in restoring and maintaining proper spinal function guiding you towards improved health.
THE GONSTEAD TECHNIQUE IS A SYSTEM USED TO ANALYZE AND CARE FOR THE SPINE. IT IS A GENTLE, EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUE THAT IS SPECIFIC, ACCURATE AND PRECISE IN EVALUATING AND ADJUSTING THE SPINE.
What does that mean?
In dealing with the vertebral subluxation complex (or nerve pressure), it is important to the Gonstead practitioner to thoroughly examine the spine before adjusting it. Why? In order to give a specific adjustment, your chiropractor needs to evaluate and find the location of your subluxations (or misalignments) -- which may be the cause of your health problems.
COMPLETE ANALYSIS As a Gonstead practitioner, Dr. Lemongello uses the following thorough methods of analysis:
If your car breaks down, you explain the problems you are having with your car to your car mechanic. The mechanic also asks you what type of fuel you are putting in your car. Likewise, your doctor wants to know what kind of problems or discomfort you have been experiencing and how you are fueling your body. Automobile accidents, falls, and other traumas or injuries are important information in evaluating your spine and overall health.
To further understand the condition of your spine, it is also important to view the structure of your spine through the use of an x-ray examination. Dr. Lemongello looks for: signs of pathology (disease) and fracture, evaluates posture, the joints of the spine and the condition of the discs as well as other conditions of the spine. Gonstead doctors also use x-rays to visualize what position the vertebrae are in so that he can adjust the spine as gently, specifically and effectively as possible. This office uses the latest technology digital x-ray equipment.
Dr. Lemongello may use an instrument (a Nervoscope. This instrument, like a thermometer, measure heat. Abnormal heat distribution is a sign to the doctor that there may be nerve dysfunction and joint swelling in the spine. This instrument is another evaluation tool to look for possible subluxations. The instrument glides down the length of your back and feels like two fingers gliding down either side of your spinal column.
Your spine, when subluxated, will send warning signals to your body. Muscles may become tight or tender, and tissues damaged from the subluxation(s). To detect these warning signals, chiropractors use static palpation. This simply means that Dr. Lemongello will run his or her fingers over (or palpates) your spine in a static (or stationary) position. He is looking for edema, swelling and tender or tight muscle fibers.
Like static palpation, your chiropractor palpates the spine while bending your spine at different angles. Dr. Lemongello determines range of motion, or, how easily or difficult each segment of your spine moves. For example, there may be problems if you can bend further to the left than to the right. Lack of motion is one of the factors in the vertebral subluxation complex.
THE GONSTEAD ADJUSTMENT IS SPECIFIC. AFTER COMPLETE EVALUATION USING THESE METHODS OF ANALYSIS, DR. LEMONGELLO IS READY TO PROVIDE A SPECIFIC, ACCURATE AND PRECISE ADJUSTMENT. THE CAUSE OF YOUR DISCOMFORT - THE AREAS OF SUBLUXATION - HAVE BEEN DETERMINED, SO THERE IS A FOCUS ON ADJUSTING THE PROBLEM AREAS ONLY.
Gonstead chiropractors approach the spine biomechanically - which means that we relate the structure of the spine to how we will adjust it. Gonstead doctors take great care in making sure you are in a mechanically correct position for your adjustment. Accurate positioning and precision thrusting insure that the correction is as accurate and painless as possible.
To help illustrate the necessity of correct positioning, think of how a pottery sculptor carefully positions the clay on the pottery wheel before shaping or reshaping the clay. If the clay is not in the center of the pottery wheel, it will become off-balance and lose its shape. Likewise, Dr. Lemongello is "reshaping" the position of the vertebrae in your spine.
In summary, as a Gonstead practitioner, Dr. Lemongello uses the following methods of analysis to evaluate your spine: case history, x-ray examination, visualization, instrumentation, static and motion palpation. By using these thorough methods of assessment, giving careful consideration to positioning, and relying on his expert training, Dr. Lemongello can give you a proper adjustment, assuring you of biomechanically sound correction of your subluxations.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE HISTORY OF DR. CLARENCE GONSTEAD AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIS TECHNIQUE IN CHIROPRACTIC, WE INVITE YOU TO VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES: http://gonsteadseminar.com/ and http://www.gonstead.com
Featured Testimonial: Michael Petronaci, 38, Police Officer, Bloomfield, NJ
"I had been in a car accident, which sent me to medical doctors and another chiropractor. The MD’s just prescribed pain killers and anti-inflammatories, which did nothing to fix my underlying problem. The other chiropractor treated me 2-3 times per week for 8 months. Honestly, I didn’t feel better there until I stopped. My job constantly re-aggravated my condition: at the time, I worked the police ambulance squad and constantly had to bend and buck (often heavy) patients in and out of the ambulance. Brutal.
I found Dr. Ralph in June of 2005 after a referral from a friend on the force who swore by him. By then, I was a mess: low back, mid back, upper back, shoulders, pain down my leg – you name it. Dr. Ralph did a very in-depth diagnostic on me, with X-rays, and I could tell instantly that his adjustments were for real and right on target. During a very intensive period on the job for me, Dr. Ralph kept me physically together and functioning.
Once I was finally able to shift to normal police duty, the long-term improvement from Dr. Ralph’s treatments started to take hold. In 2009, I went over 10 months without pain and without needing treatment, thanks to Dr. Ralph’s unique approach. When I put my back out again in late 2009, he got me back on track in only 2 treatments! This latest run without a problem has been almost a year: finally a doctor who really wants to get and keep me well!
If you had told me back in 2005 that I would ever be pain free and functioning full out on the job for months at a time, I would have said you were nuts. Dr. Ralph worked a miracle with me. Whenever I start to feel trouble now, I know exactly where to come."
[With thanks & acknowlegement, Gonstead summary adapted from Mary Heal 2003]