Dr. Clarence Gonstead is known for starting the world’s first concrete approach to making necessary adjustments to the spinal region. Dr. Gontead set the standard in the Chiropractic industry. He launched the new approach to adjusting the spine by incorporating the new spinal techniques to help correct the underlying back issues. Gonstead was a very dedicated worker.
When He Started
He started his business in 1923 and was truly devoted to helping his patients. He wanted to make a difference in his small farm community. He ran his business seven days a week, working open to close, Monday through Sunday, just so he could help as many people as he could during the time he was available. The first clinic he opened was relatively big enough for his small community, but as the demand grew bigger, he knew he had to open up a larger clinic to accommodate the growing number of new patients.
Largest Clinic in 1963
His last clinic was opened in 1963. This is by far the biggest Chiropractic facility in America and in the world. His chiropractic facility is approximately 22,000 square feet in size and can fit over one hundred patients at a time making it the largest in the world. Dr. Gonstead’s passion was in the subluxation.
He focused his new teachings around the subluxation and how this communicated to the nerves and signaled to the brain. He felt that the everything had to do with the spine, and even a slight disruption could cause massive damage to other parts of the body. He believed that if you manipulated the subluxation too much it would cause more damage. His teachings focused on finding these subluxaations, then stepping away and not adjusting any further. This is how he developed his teachings and invented the new treatments for the spine. These treatments included adjustments in the office, accompanied by stretching to help the patients recover quicker and with ease.