Dr. Paunicka was one of the last doctors to actually train under Dr. Gonstead. Dr. Paunicka actively teaches the Gonstead method to new chiropractors at various seminars.
Gonstead is a particular technique of adjusting developed by Clarence Gonstead in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Many people from all over the world went to Clarence’s clinic for help when he started his practice in 1923 until his death in October 1978. Several people believed his clinic was the “Mayo Clinic” of chiropractic.
Dr. Clay Thompson was a professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Before becoming a chiropractor, he was an engineer and designed a light drop table which is used in adjusting patients. The Thompson technique is a light force technique. Dr. Paunicka finds the Thompson technique very beneficial to his elderly patients that suffer from brittle bones or osteoporosis.
The activator technique is a soft tissue technique using a special instrument to adjust the bones and relieve trigger points. It is also considered a light force technique.
The Palmer method of chiropractic adjusting originated from D.D. Palmer and B.J. Palmer. The technique introduces the system of spinal adjustment, whereby the atlas is adjusted in different directions. Palmer Technique also stresses specific adjustments to the thoracic and lumbosacral spine. This technique has been perfected over the years and is an important portion of the technique classes taught at Palmer College of Chiropractic.