Dr Conklin practices exclusively the Gonstead Methodology. This approach to the spine focuses on weight bearing biomechanics of the intervertebral disc. The Gonstead system uses multiple diagnostic procedures to determine where the problem [subluxation] is, these include:  palpation of the spine,  range of motion,  orthopedic testing,  weight bearing x-rays when indicated,  weight bearing line analysis of the x-rays,  duel temperature instrument testing of the autonomic nervous system. Once the level of the subluxation is identified and a unique listing or position is assigned to the subluxated vertebra, it is then corrected with a specific adjustment for that particular listing.
Instrument: The Nervo-scope is a duel sensor instrument that measures the differences in temperature on the skin from one side of the spine to the other. This relationship allows us to check an autonomic nervous system reflex related to the skin stimulation. This is much the same as the reflex of the pupil to light. This helps us to accurately assess and confirm the level of the spinal problem.
X-Ray: X-rays are a valuable tool in helping to understand the problem in the spine and to rule out pathology. The Gonstead system uses a line analysis to determine the best way to adjust the vertebra with the least amount of force. The Films are taken weight bearing [standing] to insure we get an accurate understanding of the static weight bearing biomechanics of the spine.
Line analysis: The Gonstead line analysis helps the practitioner assign a listing to the involved vertebra or pelvis. The listing gives a three dimensional position relative to the vertebral segment below. This allows for a very accurate correction to optimize the relationship of the vertebras and improve the weight bearing biomechanics.
Palpation/ range of motion: The palpatory exam of the spine is performed with the patient sitting, each segment and the surrounding tissue is lightly the deeply palpated to determine if there is swelling and inflammation in the area. Next the suspect motion segments [i.e. two adjacent vertebras] are put through the range of motions while being palpated to determine if any fixation is present.
Orthopedic test: These tests are provocative in nature and try to determine the extent of the inflammation and helps rule out any underlying pathologies and to determine if further diagnostic imagining is warranted.
The Adjustment: The adjustment is a specific low amplitude thrust given to the vertebra to ease it back into the optimal weight bearing position. The unique aspect of the Gonstead system that through the analysis the correction is given in a neutral position which means there is no twisting of the spine, usually the thrust are always from back to front. For example when a vertebra in the neck is corrected the patient is sitting up right in the chair and there is no rotation used.