April 30, 2013 - Mike Dilke
I visited Alberto Gonzalez of the Gonstead Clinic in London and learnt a lot about myself but also some of the aspects of chiropractic and I loved it. Alberto has been kind enough to answer some of my very basic questions below.
This is a simple question to answer if you understand the way the body works. The main organ controlling all your body tissues is the Nervous System; brain, spinal cord and nerves all over your body. The brain is the computer and the nerves are the wires that link it with your muscles, tendons, joints and organs so it is very important that all signals traveling between your body and brain flow correctly.
Yes I do. Together with posture and ergonomic problems, sport injuries are very common. The most typical situation is injuries brought by inadequate training in the gym, jogging or poor technique while practicing Yoga and Pilates. The reality is that these complaints are chronic but “flare up” when the person tries to do too much in training. In these cases we always find the true cause of the problem and correct it so that the patients can go back to practicing their favourite sport safely.
Nowadays we have a very demanding lifestyle that generally involves many hours sitting – car, office or train – combined with high stress levels.
Not really! This sensation of “feeling good” is very common in our office. There are two reasons for this reaction. The first one is that your nerves are working better and feeding more positive information into the brain and this makes the brain produce less adrenaline (stress hormone) and that feels good. Second, is the fact that you did not use any health-destroying drugs in your treatment. These combined with the fact that you can start to carry a more normal life has a positive impact in your mood.
There is not enough research in this area so we can’t claim that Chiropractic can treat all types of depression and mood conditions. However, we know that we can help people feel better not just physically but emotionally. Because we can make the nervous system work better and also help many pains that affect us emotionally, there is a lot of improvement that we can offer but more research is needed. It depends a lot on the individual and new studies are coming that show positive results in the management of such conditions.
It was not all luck! During your treatment and training we focused on enhancing your performance and we did it well. On one hand you did what you were told to do and on the other hand my job was to make sure that your spine was free of any misalignment that created nerve impingement. It can be said that before you were treated, you were between 60% and 70% of your health potential because of those impingements in your spine and after removing them and prescribing the right and simple exercises, you moved towards 100% of health potential and in those circumstances your performance increased significantly.
The Gonstead Technique is one of the oldest techniques of Chiropractic and one of the most difficult to master for the practitioner. It was developed in the ´50s by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead in Winsconsin, USA. He achieved great results with many patients and had the biggest Chiropractic clinic in the world (and that record still stands) and soon started to teach his technique to many Chiropractors. What makes this technique special is the way we examine the spine and the way we treat it.