Headache & Migraine

Headache is pain in any region of the head. It can be categorised into few types include migraine, tension, cluster and sinus headache.

  • Migraine – Commonly throbbing pain on one side of the head accompanied with photophobia (afraid of lights) and Phonophobia (afraid of sounds).
  • Tension – Normally comes with dull pain on either side of the head, and pressure across the forehead.
  • Cluster – Having severe pain on one side of the head, usually around the eyes.
  • Sinus – having pain in the face, sinuses, eyes, ears, or forehead, congestion, itching, runny nose, fever, swelling in the face.

How chiropractic can help?

Specific chiropractic can help with headache caused by spinal misalignment, tight muscles, bad postures and jaw issues. Specific adjustment will clear the nerve pressure that might potentially causes long-term headache and releases the guarded muscles around the symptomatic area. The basic idea will be finding the underlying cause of your headache (spine, muscles, nerve etc.) after ruling out serious conditions. When to visit hospital first before coming?

  1. Severe dizziness and vomiting
  2. Loss of control of your facial expression
  3. Severe numbness of the face or one side of your body
  4. Loss of hearing, vision or speech
  5. Experienced serious accidents or concussions.

Neck Pain

Neck pain is normally the starting of several issues if left untreated. Include headache, shoulder pain, numbness on the hand, insomnia and more.

How Gonstead chiropractic can help?

Neck pain is commonly caused by abnormal postures, spinal misalignment, slipped-disc, bone spurs or overreacting muscles. Proper corrective adjustment to the cervical spine and specific exercises can effectively help with neck pain.

When to visit hospital first before coming?

  1. Experienced serious accidents or concussions.

Upper / Lower Back Pain

Back pain can be either as simple as spinal misalignment or tightening of the muscles but also can be as serious as systemic malfunction (kidney failure, liver cirrhosis, fracture etc.)

How chiropractic can help?

If the back pain is caused by mechanical issues such as abnormal postures, spinal misalignment, slipped-disc, bone spurs or overreacting muscles, chiropractic can be a great help. Proper corrective adjustment to the thoracic/lumbar spine and specific exercises can effectively help with back pain.

When to visit hospital first before coming?

  1.  Experienced serious accidents or falls.
  2. History of kidney/liver/heart failure
  3. Loss of sensation of the lower body.
  4. Severe incontinence
  5. Bloody stools or urination

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a condition that affects your shoulder joint. It usually involves pain and stiffness that develops gradually, gets worse and then finally goes away. This can take anywhere from a year to 3 years.

How chiropractic can help?

Your shoulder is made up of three bones that form a ball-and-socket joint. They are your upper arm (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula), and collarbone (clavicle). There’s also tissue surrounding your shoulder joint that holds everything together. This is called the shoulder capsule. Your shoulder blades are gliding on your ribs and ribs are attached on your spine. In other words, any malfunction or misalignment of the structures mentioned above can potentially cause frozen shoulder or shoulder pain.  Specific adjustment to the affected structure can greatly restores and improve the recovery of the condition.

When to visit hospital first before coming?

  1. Shoulder dislocation
  2. Fall with stretched arms
  3. Fractures


Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. The misconception is our spine must be straight, the curve ones are abnormal. A yes and a no. If your spine has a minor curvature (10-20 degrees) and asymptomatic then it Is basically harmless. However, if your curvature is a lot (50-80 degrees) and It is causing pain around your back, chest or abdominal area, then it is an issue. Severe curvature of the spine can cause compression on the nerves and organs which may induce pain.

How chiropractic can help?

In the concepts of Gonstead chiropractic, scoliosis are often caused by misalignment of the foundation of the spine (pelvic/sacrum) which results in overcompensation of the spine. In order to help to with scoliotic patient, we will normally fix the alignment of the foundation and also prescribe specific exercise for the patient to train the weakened muscles. However, our goal in treating scoliotic is always focusing on symptomatic relieve first then only towards structural correction.

When to visit hospital first before coming?

  1. scoliosis more than 60 degrees
  2. Severe chest or abdominal pain
  3. Severe breathing difficulties.

Slipped Disc

Spinal column is made up of a series of bones (vertebrae) stacked onto each other. These bones are cushioned by discs. The discs protect the bones by absorbing the shocks from daily activities like walking, lifting, and twisting. Each disc has two parts: a soft, gelatinous inner portion and a tough outer ring. Injury or weakness can cause the inner portion of the disc to protrude through the outer ring. This is known as a slipped, herniated, or prolapsed disc.

How chiropractic can help?

Specific adjustment is crucial in this situation. As a Gonstead chiropractor we will identify the misalignment of the spine which is most of the time the main reason of disc instability.

When to visit hospital first before coming?

  1. Loss of control for any body parts
  2. Severe pain and swelling on the spine
  3. Total loss of mobility

Osteophyte (Bone Spurs)

Bone spurs are bony projections that develop along bone edges. Bone spurs (osteophytes) often form where bones meet each other — in your joints. They can also form on the bones of your spine.The main cause of bone spurs is the joint damage associated with osteoarthritis. Most bone spurs cause no symptoms and can go undetected for years.

How chiropractic can help? 

Proper spinal alignment is crucial to prevent excessive or uneven frictions/pressure to our joints. However please take note that most of the people assume bone spurs are definitely painful but its not true. We have to go through thorough examination before knowing the cause of your pain.


Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating pain. Sometimes it can feel like a jolt or electric shock.

How chiropractic can help?
sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. Hence, specific adjustment can release the nerve pressure on the sciatic nerve.

When to visit hospital first before coming?

  1. Loss of bowel or bladder function
  2. Loss of sensation

Numbness/Tingling Sensation

Numbness and tingling are unusual prickling sensations that can happen in any part of your body. People generally notice these sensations in hands, feet, arms, and legs. It is often caused by damage, irritation or compression of nerves. A single nerve branch or several nerves may be affected, as with a slipped disk in the back or carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist. Certain diseases — such as diabetes can cause numbness.

How chiropractic can help? 

Find the location of the nerve pressure if it is due to spinal misalignments.

When to visit hospital first before coming?

  1. Severe diabetic condition
  2. After a serious injury or accidents
  3. Total loss of control or sensations

Knee Pain

Knee pain can be caused by many factors including knee injury, osteoarthritis, tightness of leg muscles, mechanical issues (unequal leg length etc.) or even nerve compression.

How chiropractic can help? 

Key for treating knee issues is to know exactly the underlying causes of it. From experience, Mechanical instability of our joints are usually the culprit starting from our pelvic joints, hip, knee and ankle joints. Restoring the proper biomechanical function is crucial for long-term recovery.

When to visit hospital first before coming?

  1. Complete ligament tear
  2. Severe swelling and pain
  3. Unable to walk with weigh bearing
  4. Fractures

Sprained Ankle

A sprained ankle is an injury that occurs when you roll, twist or turn your ankle in an awkward way. This can stretch or tear the tough bands of tissue (ligaments) that help hold your ankle bones together.

How chiropractic can help? 

A sprain ankle often causes further complication which will hinder the recovery of the sprained joints and affects the stability of it. Specific adjustment is needed to restore proper biomechanics and speed up the healing process

When to visit hospital first before coming?

  1. Fractures
  2. Severe pain and swelling
  3. Not able to walk weigh bearing