Chiropractor Oakdale MN

When it comes to choosing a chiropractor, the options seem endless. That is why at Big Idea, our mission is to break through the clutter and share with you our vision for our patients.

Why "Big Idea?"

The developer of chiropractic, BJ Palmer, introduced the profession as the “Big Idea” in which a small adjustment by a chiropractor can have a BIG impact on one’s health. We like to call it the “I Have a Dream” speech of chiropractic. Palmer’s “idea” has grown into an art and science that is now practiced worldwide. We hope to instill this sense of “going BIG” within our patients as they continue to heal and grow through chiropractic care. The results may surprise you!

The Gonstead Difference

Our clinic specializes in the Gonstead System which is a scientific, logical approach of chiropractic care. Full spine X-rays are taken at the first visit on most patients. These X-rays are methodically analyzed and compared with the spinal exam. This allows us to construct a plan tailored just for you! Periodic exams and X-rays are taken to track changes and improvements in order to optimize the efficacy of the adjustments. At each visit, a thermal scan of your spine will be performed to find points of inflammation or “hot spots” caused by nerve impingement, allowing us to pinpoint regions in need of attention. Static palpation confirms tender areas, heat, swelling, and changes in muscle tone due to spinal misalignments. Adjustments are gentle and performed in a way that minimizes twisting and maximizes results.

A Stable Foundation

A unique feature of our clinic is its focus on gait. Just as a house built on a rock can weather the storm, so the stability of the spine depends on the integrity of its base. Watching your gait, or walking stride, allows us to see how best to adjust your ankles, knees, hips, back, and even shoulders so you leave feeling stable and balanced. Healing is in the details. Balanced motion slows the aging process and inhibits arthritis from forming. Joints that move well stay healthy and young!




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It's time to go BIG with your health!

Gonstead System

Why make a decision concerning someone’s health with anything less than ALL of the available information? Every patient deserves to have correlated analysis in their clinical picture to ensure the highest level of chiropractic care in Oakdale. This will insure specificity and ultimately patient confidence in the doctor’s ability with care.

Not one thing is certain which is why we use Visualization, Instrumentation, Palpation, X-Ray, and patient symptoms to determine the exact spot that we need to adjust a patient. When all of these correlate we are more likely to give the patient a specific adjustment. The greater the specificity, the greater the change we will notice in the patient’s health. Dr. Gonstead noted that three adjustments on the wrong vertebral segment could cause a Subluxation; therefore it is extremely important to be as specific as possible.

  • X-RAYS

    In the Gonstead System are Full Spine, both A-P and Lateral views. Film size is 14” x 36” with the patient placed to include ishia to occiput. Full Spine films use less radiation than sectionals, provide an accurate vertebral count, provide full spinal contour representation for posture analysis with axial weight bearing, and show problems other than the chief complaint—all of which are not attainable through the use of sectional films. Full spine X-Rays are essential to Gonstead Chiropractic. They allow us to regard the patient totally in analysis and corrective procedures.


    Both Static and Motion Palpation are utilized in Gonstead Chiropractic to precisely pin point areas of involvement. Static Palpation is the “hands on” part of the examination. This will indicate changes in contour, tone, texture and temperature on the patient. Motion Palpation is used to determine a subluxation and its listing.


    Classically a dual probe instrument (Nervoscope or Delta-T) is used to get a bilateral temperature comparison of the spine to locate areas of inflammation. The readings obtained through instrumentation will show whether or not subluxations are present, if they are being corrected, and when correction has been attained.


    We take into account all the information we can get from the patient by simply looking at them very carefully. In the Gonstead System Visualization starts from the moment the patient walks in the door. Differences in height between the ears, shoulders and hips as well as posture and gait are useful to confirm your X-Ray and Palpation findings.

  • CASE MANAGEMENT (Symptomatology)

    Although never used in a “cook-book” fashion, understanding problems with a patient’s health help us determine the area that a patient needs to be adjusted. Symptoms can help separate the two parts of the Autonomic Nervous System (Sympathetic and Parasympathetic) and aid us in applying a specific adjustment

    In the Gonstead System we apply all the information from these modes of analysis and correlate our findings to determine the most likely cause of the patient’s problem. After Subluxations are found, the use of the proper Gonstead technique is applied to effectively correct problem areas.

    The Gonstead system focuses on the dynamics of intervertebral disc as the underlying cause of subluxations and resulting neurological dysfunction. It could then be said that Gonstead doctors are “disc doctors”.