1250 East Main Street

Franklin, NC 28734 US

(828) 349-0133


Chiropractic Services

Dr. William E. Barnes DC specializes in the Gonstead Chiropractic Technique and utilizes various additional therapies/modalities to assist with your healing process.

Gonstead Technique & Analysis

It is the goal of your Gonstead doctor to restore and then maintain you and your family's optimal health by locating and correcting any interference to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxation.

"Therein Lies the uniqueness of my work - The Gonstead Technique has a specific application on the affected segment or segments only."
C.S. Gonstead

After a complete analysis, the Gonstead practitioner is ready to deliver any necessary spinal adjustments. The focus of the Gonstead adjustment is to be as specific, precise and accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas (areas of subluxation). Great care is taken to ensure a mechanically correct position and precise thrust to provide the most accurate and painless adjustment possible. It is the goal of your Gonstead doctor to restore and maintain optimal health by locating and correcting any interference to the nervous system caused by vertebral subluxation.

What is Subluxation?

Every cell, tissue, organ, and system of the body is controlled and regulated by the nervous system. In 1895, chiropractic was founded based on this very fact. A properly functioning nervous system allows for a properly functioning body. A close relationship exists between the nervous system and the spine. Any of the 24 movable bones of the spine can have an irritative effect on the nerves exiting the spinal cord. Many everyday activities can cause these spinal bones to lose both proper position and motion leading to nervous system irritation. This is referred to by doctors of chiropractic as subluxation. Your doctor of chiropractic will examine your spine for any existing or potential subluxations, and assist you on a path towards better health.

The Gonstead Chiropractors Education

All doctors of chiropractic must complete a thorough and lengthy education. After completing pre-med undergraduate coursework, they begin a four-year program at an accredited chiropractic college. This demanding curriculum includes the studies of anatomy, physiology, X-ray, clinical sciences, adjusting techniques, preventative health care and many other related topics. On average, a doctor of chiropractic has completed 4,485 classroom hours compared to 4,248 classroom hours a medical doctor has had. Most chiropractic colleges have extracurricular Gonstead clubs where aspiring students can spend additional hours beyond their full course load learning and practicing the specific art of the Gonstead System.

The Gonstead Chiropractic Technique

There are licensed Gonstead doctors of chiropractic worldwide offering their expertise in this highly advanced and time proven healing art.

How the Gonstead System Helps

If areas of abnormal spinal function (subluxation) are identified in your spine, your doctor will recommend a course of treatment involving specific chiropractic adjustments. The Gonstead chiropractic technique involves a complete and thorough spinal analysis used to detect the presence of vertebral subluxation. The Gonstead adjustment is given with great specificity and care, and only the problem areas of the spine are addressed. Sometimes only one area may be adjusted and other times there may be two or three areas. These specific adjustments help return spinal bones to their proper position and motion.

The specificity used in the Gonstead system allows for greatest possible effectiveness and safety. Research studies in serveral countries have clearly documented the safety and effectivess of chropractic care. Over 2 million chiropractic adjustments are delivered to satisfied patients every day. People under regular specific chiropractic care are among the healthiest in the world, enjoying less medication, hospitalizations and medical doctor visits.

The Gonstead Analysis

The Gonstead practitioner addresses your entire spine when evaluating for the presence of vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments producing nerve interference or irritation). The Gonstead chiropractor conducts a thorough analysis of your spine using five criteria to detect the presence of the vertebral subluxation complex. These five criteria are:

X-ray Analysis

X-ray films enable your doctor to visualize the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating for any disease processes, fracture, posture, joint and disc integrity and vertebral misalignments.


The instrument of choice in the Gonstead System is the Nervoscope. The Nervoscope detects uneven distributions of heat along the spine which can be indicative of inflammation and nerve pressure. This instrument is guided down the length of your back and feels like two fingers gliding down each side of your spine.

Static Palpation

This is simply the process of feeling ( or palpating) your spine in a stationary (or static) position. Your chiropractor will feel for the presence of swelling (or edema), tenderness and any abnormal texture or tightness in the muscles and other tissues of your back.

Motion Palpation

This process involves feeling the spine while moving and bending it at various angles. This enables the chiropractor to determine how easily or difficult each segment in your spine moves in different directions.


Visualization is a way to cross reference all the other findings. Your chiropractor is an expert in looking for subtle changes in your posture and movement which could indicate any problems.

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Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Dr. Barnes, when I first came to you, I was having sharp pains in my legs among other problems. After you gave me an adjustment, I haven't had any sharp pains, anywhere. I can do things now that I haven't been able to do for sometime now. You not only know what to do and how to do it, you let your patients know that you care about them by the way you treat them. You are not only a great Chiropractor, you are a great human being. Thank you."
    Willa's Story

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