Do you yank on people’s necks?

Do you yank on people’s necks with a towel wrapped around it?


This is a growing question that I hear on a weekly basis in the practice. Just about everyone in the world has heard or seen the videos of the RING DINGER chiropractor or the Y strap chiropractor on the internet. They have millions of followers and for better or for worse, they are probably what most people in this country think chiropractic is…and naturally, people are curious at best, and TERRIFIED at worst.


If I’m brutally honest, I’m in the terrified category when it comes to the extreme spinal distraction technique. It is everything that our technique is not–nonspecific, jarring, one-size-fits-all, and focused on sharp decompression of the spine. I have no doubt that this technique helps a ton of people with serious joint dysfunction, so I won’t knock it, but it’s just not my style.


If you are looking for a YouTube chiropractor to follow who adjusts using the same technique as our office, check out. Dr. Rahim. He does a great job of showing viewers the complete process from patient history, to x-ray analysis, to adjustment, to follow up with results.


The Gonstead Technique is the name of our technique, and it is focused on delivering the most specific adjustment possible, in the right direction, and the right time, in order to achieve the maximum improvement. We focus on identifying the root foundational problem that seems to be causing all the other biomechanical problems for a person. We know that as we correct biomechanical abnormalities, functional and neurological changes and improvements will also follow.


So enjoy your Youtube deep dive. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to chiropractic. Some may want to be yanked on, some may want an adjustment more specific to their personal needs. Bottom line, there is a chiropractic technique out there for everyone–we’ve chosen the Gonstead Technique because we believe it to be one of the safest, most effective techniques, delivering the fastest results to the patients in the most severe pain.


At the end of the day, you get to choose for yourself what sort of chiropractor you want to employ as a part of your wellness team–the main thing is knowing that there are many types of technique, so you should find one that you believe would be the best FIT for you, not necessarily the cheapest or the one that is in-network with your insurance.


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