The ‘Gonstead’ style of adjusting was originally developed by Dr Clarence Gonstead who graduated from Chiropractic college in 1929.
After 30 years of chiropractic experience he came to believe that by adjusting a specific spinal segment in a particular way, as opposed to adjusting several spinal segments in one session, he could help a patient recover quicker from pain or illness.
Dr Gonstead’s philosophy was “Find it, fix it and leave it alone.” In other words, find the major misalignment within the spine, adjust that spinal segment, then leave the patient to recover. This technique is used by many Chiropractors today.
Here’s a fun fact for you – Dr Gonstead developed the biggest Chiropractic Centre in the world comprising an air strip (to enable patients to travel for treatment) and a hotel (to provide a suitable space for patient recovery).