Gonstead Technique

What we do here at Gillis Family Chiropractic is very unique and different, even from most chiropractors.  We specialize in the leading Chiropractic technique called the Gonstead method, which is a hands on, gentle adjustment of the spine. Our office is one of 3 chiropractic offices in West Michigan to practice the Gonstead Method.

What is the Gonstead Difference? 

Gonstead chiropractors go beyond what many chiropractors consider a spinal assessment by conducting a thorough analysis of your spine using 5 criteria. 

  1. Visualization – Checking for postural changes
  2. Instrumentation – Using the Nervoscope which detects uneven distributions of heat along the spine which can be indicative of inflammation and nerve pressure. No fear- it doesn’t hurt.  It feels like 2 fingers running down both sides of your spine.
  3. Static Palpation – Process of feeling your spine for presence of swelling or tenderness
  4. Motion Palpation – Process of feeling your spine while moving
  5. X-ray Analysis – X-rays enable the doctor to visualize the entire structure of your spine and help evaluate posture, joint and disc integrity, misalignments and fractures.

Gonstead is one of the most advanced and scientific methods of Chiropractic. So why doesn’t everyone do it? It takes much more time and dedication to master the art of delivering a specific adjustment. 

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The Gonstead Technique

The Gonstead System is the result of extensive clinical research by Clarence S. Gonstead, founder of the world famous Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin and his associates. Doctor Gonstead’s fifty-five years of continuous practice and over four million chiropractic adjustments resulted in the most complete method of biomechanical analysis available for use by today’s doctors of chiropractic.


• Back and Neck Pain
• Headaches and Migraines
• Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
• Acid Reflux
• Allergies and Asthma
• Poor Posture
• Scoliosis
• Joint Pain
• Sciatica

What Happens When There is a Misalignment?

These misalignments can cause pressure on the discs which lie between the vertebrae and can be the result of several minor impacts or a single accident. Occasionally, vertebrae tilted or rotated out of their correct position can be too much for nature to correct and will need to be treated. In most cases, these are easily recognized by the chiropractor, especially those in the upper area of the vertebral column. The ability to recognize and correct these issues forms a major part of the Gonstead Technique. For instance, when the lower region of the spinal column is misaligned, the body attempts to keep itself upright and straight by compensating and causing a vertebra above to shift out of the correct position. If only the top misaligned vertebra is adjusted, it may not provide proper relief. For complete and long-term results, all of the misaligned vertebrae addressed.

We have helped our patients with:

• Back and Neck Pain
• Headache / Migraines
• Scoliosis
• Postural Deformities
• Shoulder Pain
• Fatigue
• Trouble Sleeping
• Low Metabolism
• Allergies
• High Blood Pressure
• Acid Reflux / GERD
• Asthma
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Frozen Shoulder
• Disc Herniation

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Gillis Family Chiropractic
5675 Burlingame Ave., Suite A
Wyoming, MI 49509

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