Find the subluxation, correct it and leave it alone.

Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead

The origins of the method

Personal life

Clarence Gonstead was born on July 23, 1898 in a farming family in Wisconsin.

He developed rheumatoid arthritis at a young age, which kept him from going to school for several weeks. He was treated by one of the very first chiropractors: JB Olsen.


He graduated from the Palmer Chiropractic School in July 1923. Their class was called the “Crusader Class”: 50% of young graduates were arrested during their first year of practice.

Doctor Clarence S. Gonstead began working in Mont-Horeb in 1923, a town of 1200 people lost in Wisconsin.

Gonstead Clinic of Chiropratic

For his 3rd clinic, he had the Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic built in 1964, with a waiting room for more than 100 people, 11 adjustment rooms, x-ray and analysis laboratory. Next to it, he built a 78-room hotel that could accommodate patients from all over the world.

He usually worked from 8 a.m. to midnight 6 days a week and from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sundays.

The clinic received on average between 300 and 400 patients per day.

The Cox brothers who had taken over the clinic worked all their lives on the same foundations, perfecting the technique.

The clinic is still very active.

The Gonstead system

The Gonstead system is based on precise analysis and precise adjustment of the subluxation.

The analysis is done mainly by the motion palpation, but is assisted by the radio analysis and the nervoscopes.

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