Gonstead History

In the early 1960’s word began to spread about a healer in a small farming town in Wisconsin. People of all ages and walks of life came to see him from around the world. That man was Clarence S. Gonstead. He became a chiropractor in 1923 following his personal experience with a chiropractic miracle. Through chiropractic care he was healed from a painful, crippling episode of rheumatoid arthritis. With his background in mechanical engineering, he saw the human spine as an intricate engineering wonder and started to apply the principles of this discipline to his evaluation of the spine. He made numerous first-time discoveries in relation to the biomechanics of the human body. Dr. Gonstead found that a pair of skilled chiropractic hands was the best tool with which to analyze and correct the spine. Based on his studies, he developed the “foundation principle” to explain how a subluxation (a spinal misalignment that interferes with communication between the brain and body, resulting in nerve dysfunction and loss of good health) in one area of the spine created compensatory biomechanical changes and symptoms in another. He was a pioneer in the chiropractic profession, developing equipment and a method of analysis that used more than one criterion to verify the precise location of vertebral subluxation. His reputation spread around the world as patients’ health problems were corrected remarkably fast by his unique approach to chiropractic care. Dr. Gonstead’s care and results were unmatched. He and his fellow staff members served hundreds of patients on a daily basis, and he was named the “miracle man” of chiropractic. With fifty-five years of practice, his work with thousands of spinal cases, and giving over four million chiropractic adjustments, he earned his world-renowned reputation in finding, identifying, and correcting subluxations no one else could.

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