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Contact point is with the tip of the index finger on the left lateral inferior tip of C2. Slack is taken out by the finger, not rotation nor bending the head. This is the most difficult part of the adjustment, feeling exactly where the slack is out.
This changes on every client. Since it is the upper cervical, you need to take out more slack because there is more movement in the upper cervical. There is no set rule where to bend or rotate the segment, it just comes from a feeling. Pretty much you’re just pushing the bone forward till it won’t go anymore.
Keep Gonstead’s rat hole so that just the tip of the finger is on the C2 spinous, not the finger being on the whole neck.
Adjusting in the cervical is P to A, but you must lift the cervical because of the angle of the facets. So in actuality, the thrust is up, I to S. Dr. Gohl describes it as flicking on a light switch and that is the exact motion, though it doesn’t appear that way in the adjustment. Every video of Gonstead on youtube shows him lifting the cervicals I to S, not P to A. You can see the direction of thrust thru his nose lifting upwards.
That stabilization hand needs to be light on the client’s face, so they don’t tense up. This guy is totally relaxed and he makes the adjustment very easy. If the thrust is going upward, stabilization shouldn’t have to be that firm, gravity will only allow you to move him so far, unless you can lift 170 lbs with your fingers in that thrust. There’s a video of Gonstead floating around out here on Youtube of him adjusting the cervical before he ever has his stabilization hand in place, it’s absolutely amazing. On this adjustment, I could’ve firmed up the stabilization a tiny bit.
Regardless of all the other stuff I just talked about, the only way to know if the adjustment was good or not, is to make sure the Delta-T/Nervoscope was clear after the adjustment. If you use instrumentation to determine a subluxation, it’s only natural you use it to determine if a good adjustment was given. Search youtube for “gonstead on post scoping” or “gonsteadtruth” for some valuable clips. The reading cleared and the client was happy.
There’s a tiny clunk at the end of the adjustment. There does not have to be noise to have a good adjustment. Whatever criteria for finding a subluxation is used, it should also be used to determine a good adjustment. Careful of going after all the cracking, it causes you to use too much force.