What Is The Gonstead Clinical Studies Society?

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to perpetuate the teachings of Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead, fund chiropractic research, and encourage cooperation and camaraderie amongst all who practice the Gonstead technique. The G.C.S.S. endorses G.M.I., the Gonstead Seminar, Inc. as well as groups and individuals who have studied under the tutelage of Dr. Gonstead.

Yesterday and Today

GCSS is a 501c3 non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the Gonstead system of Chiropractic. In 1979, seven doctors, who had attended numerous Gonstead Seminars, formed the Gonstead Clinical Studies Society (GCSS). Their purpose was to certify the skill level of chiropractors claiming to use the Gonstead Technique and conduct research to test his ideas. Today, GCSS continues to fund an ongoing research program, to improve the quality of chiropractic care and scientifically validate the Gonstead System.

The GCSS has developed a College of Fellows to oversee "quality control" of Gonstead Chiropractors. The GCSS also certifies Gonstead Chiropractors through a Diplomate program that is concluded with a rigorous two day testing procedure. Gonstead Chiropractors who have achieved Diplomate status must complete an annual peer reviewed case presentation and skill assessment to maintain current Diplomate status.

The GCSS has been instrumental in the creation of two fully referenced textbooks that have been published by Williams and Wilkins. Textbook of Clinical Chiropractic; A Specific Biomechanical Approach, a "90's" update of Dr. Gonstead's work, was released in 1993 and has become a chiropractic best seller. This textbook is used in many chiropractic colleges and is a reference text for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Pediatric Chiropractic, released in April of 1998, was co-edited by GCSS Past President, Dr. Claudia Anrig, and Dr. Gregory Plaugher. This is a landmark text in that it is the first chiropractic textbook concerning the chiropractic analysis and care of children.

GCSS has become an umbrella organization for an increasing number of international and U.S. Regional chapters. The GCSS supports Gonstead Study Clubs, helping students in the various chiropractic colleges around the world master the basics of specific chiropractic care.