Back in Balance Family Chiropractic

The History of Gonstead Chiropractic

By: Adam Renelt, DC

Updated 4/16/2024

Our chiropractic office in Sioux Falls utilizes the Gonstead System of Chiropractic to care for our patients.  We were established in Sioux Falls in 2008 and have been seeing patients since then. We choose to use the Gonstead system because we feel it is a great chiropractic method to find and help correct vertebral subluxations.  Our chiropractors in Sioux Falls have found that using the Gonstead method can help improve patient outcomes and decrease the number of visits needed to achieve results.  There are many chiropractors in the country that use the Gonstead system.  So where did the Gonstead system come from and how did it develop?

Origins of the Gonstead Chiropractic System

The Gonstead system was developed by Dr. Clarence Gonstead of Mt. Horeb, WI.  He attended chiropractic school at Palmer College of Chiropractic in the 1920s and then went into private practice.  Dr. Gonstead had a background in engineering and used that background to refine his technique and practice to help many patients. As he found ways to help his patients further improve, he gradually built a very large chiropractic practice.  Due to patients achieving great results, word of mouth caused patients around the country to seek care at his office. Eventually, he built a 29,000 sq ft clinic with 11 adjusting rooms and a hotel for patients to stay at when they travelled from out-of-state. Chiropractors across the country took notice when their patients travelled to Wisconsin for chiropractic. This led some of those chiropractors to approach Dr. Gonstead and ask him to teach his methods to them.  To learn more about Dr. Gonstead’s personal history, please click here https://www.gonstead.com/who-was-dr-gonstead/.

Dr. Gonstead Passes on His Knowledge

Dr. Gonstead agreed to teach other chiropractors and in 1954 he started to teach his methods at weekend Gonstead seminars.  The seminars quickly grew, and many chiropractors travelled to Wisconsin to learn his methods of practice.  In 1974, he sold his clinic and the Gonstead Seminars to Doug and Alex Cox, two chiropractor brothers that worked at his clinic.  They continued to care for patients in Mt. Horeb and taught seminars all over the world.  Today, they are retired and Dr. John Cox, Alex’s son, purchased and continued teaching Gonstead Seminars to students and licensed chiropractors.  It was at a Gonstead Seminar in 2005 that Dr. Adam first began to learn about the Gonstead system.  Since then, he has attended hundreds of hours of education to learn more about the Gonstead System. In the past few years John Cox has now transferred the Gonstead Seminar organization to new owners. Scott and Dawn Hourigan of Spearfish, SD are among the next generation to continue passing on Dr. Gonstead’s expertise today.

How to Find a Gonstead Chiropractor

Today there are directories of chiropractors that utilize the Gonstead system.  This can help us as a chiropractor find a referral for a patient that has friends or family that are seeking a chiropractor in another part of the country. This can also help patients that are moving away to locate someone in their new region that is knowledgeable in the technique.  If you live near the Sioux Falls area, we welcome the opportunity to provide you and your family with Gonstead chiropractic care.  Please contact us for an appointment. 

Adam Renelt, DC is the founder of Back in Balance Chiropractic. Dr. Adam grew up on a farm in South Dakota and received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota in 2004. In 2007 he graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic with his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree and started his career in private practice. He lives in Sioux Falls with his wife and son.  In his free time he enjoys reading and being outdoors, mountain biking and hiking.

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