Who was Dr. Gonstead?Current Gonstead Clinic of Chiropractic



 In 1964, during his extended practice, he developed and perfected the Gonstead system of chiropractic, which is still taught today at most Chiropractic Colleges.   Many doctors then and now attend the Gonstead Seminars, which were started by Dr. Gonstead to teach his system of specific adjusting to other chiropractors.
















Dr. Clarence Gonstead was born in Willow Lake, South Dakota on July 23, 1893, the son of Carl and Sarah Gonstead.  He grew up on a dairy farm and was mechanically talented at repairing farm equipment.  He later went to trade school when he became debilitated with an episode of Rheumatoid.  Bedridden and unable to go to school, no medical therapies would help.  His aunt final said after several weeks of being unable to walk, Now you’ve fooled around with those [medical] doctors long enough. I’m going to call in my doctor.”   

His mother then took Clarence to his aunt’s chiropractor. 

After several adjustments, Clarence was back on his feet. 

This event  would not only change Clarence’s life

but would change the face of chiropractic forever.

Text Box: Dr. Clarence Gonstead

Dr. Clarence Gonstead graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1923 and opened his first office above the bank building in downtown Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.    In the early years of practice, Dr. Gonstead became very interested in  the vertebral disc and the mechanics of the spine.  His ever expanding knowledge of caring for patients with specific chiropractic adjustments is what made Dr. Gonstead so successful at helping people regain their health.   With only a small reception area, patients often overflowed into the street outside.  His success grew and word spread to other Doctors of Chiropractic.  They wanted to know what it was Dr. Gonstead was doing to make people travel from Iowa, South Dakota, Illinois, Michigan and eventually world-wide to be adjusted by him. 




Oval: In 1964, Gonstead built, what is still today, the world’s largest Chiropractic office.

Drs. Brian and Denise have attended numerous Gonstead seminars and been mentored by doctors who practiced directly with Dr. Gonstead.

“Chiropractic is a science so long as it is specific.”

D.D. Palmer

Founder of Chiropractic