Grostic Technique: How Does it Work? Role of a Chiropractor in Grostic Technique
What is Grostic Technique?
The Grostic technique is a hugely effective method which is based on the teachings and research of Dr. John Grostic. This technique was first introduced in the 1940's to the chiropractic profession. It takes years of dedication and discipline to perfect the Grostic Technique and till now, this technique is one of the best methods known for correcting the upper cervical spine. The corrections are verified by the spinal x-rays which are taken before and after the treatment which show measurable improvements in the alignment of the vertebrae in the neck.
How Does Grostic Technique Work?
The uppermost two vertebrae in the spine are situated just below the brain stem and the skull. Any misalignments in this region act as major contributors to a patient's ill health. Some of the conditions cured with this technique are: recurrent headaches, neck pain, back pain, sciatica and generally not feeling well. A spinal examination is done in the first visit. After this, three x-rays are taken of the patient's neck. The head is kept in a neutral position with the use of head clamps and the patient wears a lead vest for protection. After the x-rays are taken, the doctor utilizes mathematic measurements integrating trigonometry and geometry to assess the precise positions of the vertebrae in the patient's neck. Then the exact paths are determined and utilized and gentle yet precise thrusts/pushes are used to accurately move or restore the vertebrae back into their normal positions. Two follow-up x-rays are taken which are known as "spot shots." These x-rays help in ascertaining if a correction is made in the upper cervical spine region.
Role of Chiropractor in Grostic Technique
The chiropractor uses his/her hands in the Grostic technique to produce mild, gentle, delicate and precise adjustments to the first spinal vertebrae. The position of the chiropractic table is generally very low to the ground. The patient lies on his/her side and the chiropractor bends over them during the majority of the adjusting procedure of the spine.