Gonstead chiropractic uses five criteria to evaluate every patient on every visit...

About the Gonstead Chiropractic Technique:

dr clarence gonstead

Dr. Clarence Gonstead (1898-1978)

Of the hundreds of different chiropractic techniques practiced all over the world, one of the most well-known and highly respected is the Gonstead Method. 

This is the primary technique that we use in our Encinitas Chiropractic office. Gonstead chiropractic is named after Dr. Clarence. S. Gonstead (1898-1978). Before becoming a chiropractor, Gonstead worked in the field of engineering. His background gave him a unique perspective when studying and analyzing the human frame.

His unparalleled work ethic, combined with his desire for constant improvement and understanding of spinal mechanics in relation to the nervous system led to the development of one of the most sought after chiropractic techniques in the world.

Gonstead Chiropractic utilizes 5 criteria to evaluate every patient on every visit.

Visualization: Looking at posture, symmetry and tissue tone

Instrumentation: Used to identify either hot or cold spots along the spine

Static Palpation: Feeling for areas of swelling, edema, and changes in tissue tone

Motion Palpation: Feeling for areas of hypo and hyper mobility

X-Ray Analysis: To determine the best direction and location for the adjustment

These five criteria allow for the Gonstead chiropractor to detect and correct vertebral subluxations with precision and accuracy. One of Dr. Gonstead's famous sayings was, "Find it, accept it where you find it, fix it, and leave it alone."

In Gonstead chiropractic, each and every patient is given a unique and specific adjustment to meet their individual needs. No two people are the same. 


We take great care to ensure the best adjustment possible. It is my goal to restore and maintain optimal health for our patients by locating and correcting any interference to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxation.

Dr. Ryan Caringola

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Chiropractic is the science, art and philosophy of optimal health and wellness. It was said by BJ Palmer that “Medicine is the study of disease and what causes a man to die. Chiropractic is the study of health and what causes a man to live.”

 Chiropractic recognizes that the human body has the innate ability to heal itself. In order for the body to recognize challenges and to properly self heal, the brain and nervous system must be able to properly perceive what is going on in the body. When areas of the spine become misaligned and stuck, the brain is unable to properly sense what is going on and therefore can not send the proper messages back out to the body. This breakdown in communication interferes with the bodies natural self healing capabilities and is perceived as stress that activates our sympathetic (fight or flight) response of our nervous system. Constant activation of this system puts our bodies in a state of protection and survival instead of the normal default of growth, development, and healing.

Chiropractors identify the areas of the spine that are misaligned and stuck that are causing interference in the bodies ability to self heal and function properly . Once these areas are identified, they can be gently corrected through specific chiropractic adjustments. Once these areas of the spine are corrected the body is no longer in a state of survival and protection and it is able to put its resources into normal growth, healing and development.