The Gonstead Method
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. Mark Paunicka was one of the last doctors to train directly under Dr. Clarence Gonstead. Dr. Paunicka actively teaches the Gonstead method to new chiropractors at various seminars. His daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Paunicka, practices this technique method along side her father.
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 Logan Basic technique was developed by Dr. H.B. Logan and is one of the lowest-force adjustive techniques. Logan Basic Technique is a system of body mechanics with special emphasis on pelvic and spinal distortions and the subluxations that affect spinal structures. Logan Basic Technique is a light force, full-spine adjusting procedure highlighting the correction of spinal and pelvic pathobiomechanics. Logan Basic is beneficial in the management of special conditions, such as scoliosis, pregnancy, pediatric care and acute and chronic spinal conditions.
The Palmer 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.