Goforth Chiropractic

Helping others since 1980.

Your nervous system

Providing that you pay your electrical bill, the lights in your

home stay on. Electricity does not fade out otherwise.

A light bulb will burn out, as anything else will which depends

on an ulterior source of energy. Then you replace the bulb. Your

body runs the same, it depends on proper electrical supply, which

comes from your brain and nervous system.  Unlike the light bulb,

your body has a warning system(stiffness, pain, etc.). And unlike the

bulb, your body can't be replaced.  

Chiropractic is the science and are of keeping the energy in your body

flowing.  You have to choices, see your Chiropractor or replace the

body,  If you are not getting regular Chiropractic adjustments, your 

body is slowly deteriorating. That is not my bright idea, that is just the

way it is.

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Manipulation vs adjustment.

Posted on December 21, 2020 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (332)
Adjustments versus manipulation.

 I am often asked by a patient why the Gonstead type of adjustment works so much better than other techniques. The answer is actually quite simple, it has to do with definitions.

  An adjustment infers that a bone has been misaligned and needs to be put back in or at least toward the location from which it came.  This means did the bone slip right, left, backward, forward, wedge on the right or wedge on the left.

  The way that you verify this is the Gonstead Doctor puts his finger on the bone and moves it back and forth, up and down, right or left and decides which way the bone has shifted.
  Having determined which way it has shifted, he would then adjust that vertebra oposite the direction in which it came.  I think that you will agree this this is logical, put it back from where it came. That is an adjustment. The doctor has improved the position of the bone.  It
may take quite a few of these adjustments, but each one improves the existing situation, always!

  A manipulation would be the moving of the bone or by an instrument is some direction. Without analyzing which way the bone has moved out of place, a manipulation rarely provides relief and never provides correction.

  Unfortunately the period of time involved in learning how to properly adjust a patient can take years. The manipulation, however, can be learned in a weekend seminar.  When I was newly out of Chiropractic College, I didn't know how to adjust a patient, but boy, could I do a manipulation.  And I'am talking about 300 to 400 patient a week.  Why they kept coming back is beyond me.  Very few ever got any better.  (But with enough advertising(we wee on tv)
we had one of the largest Chiropractic practices in the United States.

  But I didn't become a Chiropractor to make lots of money and my lack of results with my patients would eventually lead me to Northern California where under the tutelage of some of the top Gonstead Doctors in the country, I was finally able to gain the ability to deliver a specific adjustment to a patient.  Now, some 40 years later, I still am constantly working to improve this ability as what you don't use, you loose. It take work, the Gonstead Doctor is willing to do this.
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Missing Dad.

Posted on August 9, 2019 at 5:19 PM Comments comments (101)
      What is truth? Is it the absence of a lie? No, that's a maybe.  The definition that I like  for truth-is what is.  I look outside and the sky is beautifully clear, not a cloud to be seen. So to say its a great day, this would be truth? Depends on your viewpoint.  I can
assure you thath the person who just recieved an eviction notice does not consider it a
beautiful day, depite the glorious weather.  So truth depends on your viewpoint.  In other words, your consideration of what is truth is what is true for you. 

    In order to see truth, you actually have to look.  Accepting something as truth because someone else said so is a road to disaster.  Like yourself, I have heard so
many things that were supposed to be truth, and yet turned out to be complete lies, I
wonder where is it that you turn to for truth.  It centainly isn't the news media.  what a

   So what does truth have to do with Chiropractic.  Joe Blow , 65-year old lumberjack, walks into the Chiropractis office and want's treatment for his low back pain.  He states
that he has never had anytning wrong with his back until yesterday. Is this truth?  For him it is.  He knows that he has never had back pain until yesterday. 

     So what should the Chiropractor do now?  He knows that at age 65 this person has
permanent spinal degeneration. Is this truth? No, its a belief.  Most likely correct, but still a belief.  Should the Chiropractor go ahead and treat this patient when he knows
that the patient does not understand his condition.  Depends on the integrity of the doctor.  It's my belief that to treat a patient without  yourself having complete centainty of the the patients condition, irregardless of the outcome. is dishonesty. How does the doctor attain this complete certainty, he looks.  He not only looks at the patient's body, but he looks at the internal str ucture of the body.  In other words, without an x-ray to look at, the doctor is operating on a maybe. 

    The competant Chiropractor does not work on a patient without an x-ray.  He may be
competant in his adjusting procedure, the patient may improve, but patients depend on their doctor for the whole truth. And letting someone walk out of the doctors office thinking that his condition is handled, when in fact it requires months of follow up care, is a travesty.

    The proper approach to life is to always work toward truth.  Why do it any other way?
Thanks pop for raising an honest kid.  I will always remember your honesty>

Dr. Jim
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Posted on March 17, 2019 at 7:18 PM Comments comments (34)
Joe walks into the Chiropractor's office with his chronic low back pain. Up to this point Joe has tried everything: Chiropractic, physical therapy, drugs, spinal decompression, prayer, nutrition, surgery, laser, etc. Finally he hears about Dr. Jim with his 40 years experience. Joe decides that maybe this guy has picked up another gimmick that others have missed. So Joe goes to see Dr. Jim. The doctor puts Joe on the famous knee chest table, delivers a slight but effective thrust to Joe's 5th lumbar. Joe gets up from the table and his chronic back pain is gone. Joe thinks, "How could this be". Before one can master something, he must possess the willingness to know and you don't learn how to deliver standard Chiropractic unless you are willing to learn, and having spent 40 years doing Chiropractic I can assure you that it does not happen over night.
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Chiropractic misconception

Posted on November 13, 2018 at 12:36 PM Comments comments (41)
  In a recent survey of public, done my myself, it was discovered that the general public has decided that Chiropractic is for maladies such as headaches, back pain, neck pain, etc.  In fact, Chiropractic has nothing to do with any symptom that a person may be suffering from. It is about keeping the brain and nervous system free of interference so that it can function at 100%. It is only when there is interference to the aforementioned items that we get symptoms. 
  When Chiropractic was discovered many years ago, it was an overnight sensation. People from all over the planet would seek out a Chiropractor so that they could experience the life changing results that Chiropractic patients were reporting.  So how did we get to the current theory that you go to the Chiropractor for only back pain.
  Honestly, I don't know as this started before I was born, and I am 73 years old.  But I can make an educated guess.  So here is my guess:  When there is a known success in any field, there are those who will jump on the bandwagon.  When, in the early 1900's, Chiropractic experienced an incredible growth due to fabulous results.  Seeing this, many people decided that they wanted to enjoy some of this success.  So they decided to become a Chiropractor, but for the wrong reason.  Flash forward to today and you
see Chiropractic offices not even using the word Chiropractic in their office title.  And the word ble(see earlier blogs), has become not only unknown to the public, but also to the Chiropractor. A Chiropractor friend of mine, who was a teacher at a local Chiropractic College, told me that the teachers were told not to mention the word subluxation. I saw this coming back in the 70's, when in Chiropractic College, one of my instructors, a medical doctor, did not even believe in Chiropractic. By the way, the Chiropractic College that I mentioned closed down a few years ago. Unbelievable!

  Gone are the glory days of Chiropractic. And of course you hear the usual misassignments of cause, like the economy, insurance, the weather, etc.  When in fact, the only thing that can slow Chiropractic down is Chiropractors. This is for one simple reason, IT WORKS.  Now days it is the norm for a student to spend four years in Chiropractic College, graduate, and not even go into practice. Or if he or she does, to experience  failure or limited growth.
  Failure to protect the technology of the subluxation and its effect on the human body is the only reason that Chiropractic is not enjoying the success so prevalent in earlier years.

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See what nerve pressure looks like.

Posted on October 22, 2018 at 12:04 AM Comments comments (49)
Hey there, you have got to check out my new spine meter. Ever wonder if the doctor really knows what is wrong? Well now you can see for yourself. After over 30 years of checking patient spines with a meter and then telling them what is wrong, I decided to invest in a duplicate meter that the patient holds which is connected to the one that I am using on their back. So when I find a nerve pressure reading on my meter, it shows up on the meter that the patient is holding. You can see for yourself why you are having trouble. So come on in beforfe the Dodgers win the World Series and get you spine fixed.
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Visiting Dr. G

Posted on January 20, 2018 at 5:43 PM Comments comments (135)
 Here is what to expect when you see Dr. G
 First thing you will do is remove your shirt, I can"t fix what I can't see. Ladies are provided a gown for privacy. Next you will hold in your lap a small meter which is connected to another 
meter which I am holding and running down your spine. When the meter is run over a problem area, it will show a read on both meters so that you and I will both see the source of your problem. This read show the specific location of the bone which needs to be adjusted.  The misaligned bone is then given a specific adjustment which always reduces the nerve pressure that is causing your difficulty. You then dress and schedule your next visit. This is a standard Chiropractic office visit.
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Enough is enough!

Posted on August 13, 2017 at 10:12 PM Comments comments (162)
 After being a Chiropractor for 35 years, I have reached the point of complete exasperation.
When will we realize that the earth is not flat. That you and Tiger Woods, Larry Bird, Joe Montana, your parents, all have something in common. The vertebral subluxation.  Yes I know your M.D. says there is no such thing, while at the same time offering no solution to your back pain. Obviously if they knew the answer, Tiger Woods would be back playing golf. As a Tiger fan this just burns my hide. 
  I have outlined what a vertebral subluxation is in previous blogs, so I am not going to address it again. If you don't know, look it up. Realize now that keeping this subluxation a secret has given rise to a multi billion dollar drug industry. Money spent that has never solved a thing.  Having reached the ripe age of 72, I do get yearly medical checkups. The first thing that I am confronted with is the fact that I am not on any medication of any type. My blood pressure is 127/74. Once again, I take no drugs. I don't know about you, but to me this is a no
brainer. No drugs equals good health.
 Honestly, when I hear an athlete like Rory Mcllroy today saying that he may not play golf for a years and doesn't know what to do, I get the feeling that the human race is asleep. Actually I have felt that way since I was about 12. I had gone to Kaiser Hospital as mom thought that I had the flu. I remember the doctor quite well as anyone who looked just like Johnny Unitas would be instantly recognized. So Dr. Johnny asked this 12 year old what was wrong, and the doctor, without looking at me, handed me a piece of paper with something written on it and walked off.  I left the office and looked at the piece of paper (prescription)and immediately knew that something was wrong here. This was of course 20 years before I ever heard of a vertebral subluxation. 
  In summary, what you don't know can kill you. I strongly suggest that you see a straight 
Chiropractor and get our subluxations adjusted. I didn't say get checked, because if you are reading this, you have them.
ML, Dr,Jim
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Chiropractic and X-ray

Posted on August 7, 2017 at 9:13 PM Comments comments (35)
  Having been a Chiropractor for over 35 years, I have definite considerations about
the use of X-ray in the Chiropractic Office. Is it necessary?  Only if you want your doctor to know what is wrong with you before he begins his work. The motto is "know before you go".
  Yes, results can be achieved without the use of x-ray, but why put your health at risk. Would you go into the hospital  for heart surgery if the doctor didn't know what was needed. You wouldn't want the doctor to guess, there might not be a second guess.
  In Chiropractic the only way to "know" is to see the spine, thus the necessity of x-ray. In my first 30 years of practice, I would never adjust a patient without an x-ray. To do so would be a
ripoff to the patient. I also used full spine x-rays, which show the entire spine as the patient stands. If you are going to correct a patients posture, you better know what is making it go out
of alignment.
  I know that there are Chiropractic offices around who offer low cost service and do not require an x-ray.  So its up to the patient, do you want to take a chance on a guess or do you
require certainty.
  I have also done considerable research on the negative effects of radiation on the body.  Many years ago radiation was used to cure disease, where now days it is considered to cause it.  So its up to the discretion of the Chiropractor to use or not use x-ray.  Having had a couple of large Chiropractic offices, I now practice out of my apartment in North Hollywood.  So I do
treat some patients without an x-ray, but I always tell them that to really know what is going on with their spine, an x-ray is needed. I refer them to an imaging center where the cost is about $50, well worth it as there are some spinal situations that if undiagnosed can inhibit the patient response. As an example, I had a friend come to see me for Chiropractic care, and after adjusting his spine on two occasions, I felt that an x-ray was needed.  After so many years, the doctor just know when something is needed.  So since he was a Veterinarian he went to his office and took an x-ray.  Sure enough he had a spondylolisthesis of L-5, which requires a specific type of adjustment, not the routine type. Without that information, I would not have gotten good results and in fact could have worsened his condition.
  In closing, let me say that I regularly hear from a patient that their doctor took x-rays and said that there was nothing wrong.  Really?  In all of my years of practice, I have never, ever seen a spinal x-ray that did not show something wrong. It all depends on who is doing the looking.

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7 steps to better health

Posted on December 21, 2016 at 9:14 PM Comments comments (153)
   This is exactly how a visit to Dr. Goforth goes.
  1.  You call 818-273-4103 and schedule your appointment.  
  2.  You drive to 10308 Mcbroom St., Shadow Hills Ca 91040
  3.  You stop at the Beware of Dog sign and call Dr.Jim, unless
        you have already met Hunter the Husky, in which case you
        would proceed to the office.
  4. You take your shirt off and hold a meter which will show you
       the exact location of the source of your problem.
  5. You allow Dr. Jim to adjust your spine.  
  6. You pay $45 for the visit or purchase 4 visits for $100.
  7. You leave happy and Hunter escorts you to the front gate,total
       elapsed time is about 15 minutes

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Correct emphasis

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (121)
 Many years ago a person had a low back pain which sent a sharp pain radiating down his
left leg. So he went to see a Chiropractor. The doc took a look at the patient, poked around at his spine for quite awhile, then told the person that he had a subluxation of the 5th lumbar vertebra that needed to be adjusted. Sounded like the doc knew what he was talking about, so
the person went along with this, got adjusted and left the office minus the back pain.

Flash forward to 2015. Same person, same low back pain radiating down his left leg. So he
went to see a Chiropractor. The doc took a look at the patient, did some unusual tests, then
asked the person if he takes vitamins on a regular basis. The patient said no so the doc prescribed a vitamin program to handle this back problem. The doc sounded like he knew what he was talking about, so he purchased the vitamins and left the office with the back pain.
A few days later the leg pain became unbearable so he went to see a different Chiropractor. The doctor took a look at him, did some unusual tests,  told the person that he believed that he has a low back strain and suggested a treatment program of physical therapy. The doctor sounded like he knew what he was talking about, so he purchased a six week physical therapy program, started treatment, and left the office with the low back pain.  A week later the low back pain was getting worse. The person wondered why nobody had suggested an adjustment but were emphasizing other forms of treatment. I mean, they sure sounded liked
they knew what they were talking about, yet he wasn't getting the result that he wanted, which was no low back pain.

Moral of the story:  True knowledge will give a correct emphasis and only a theoretical knowledge will give a wrong emphasis. The health professions today are absolutely strewn with wrong emphasis. And you can keep moving something farther and further afield with wrong emphasis, up to a point where the technology practically gets lost. Wrong emphasis, wrong emphasis. Maddening. And you wonder how a Chiropractic College could possible close up. If this rings a bell, you might really be interested in the money made by those who use fear to lead people away from the true dope in order to fill their own coffers. Check out The Truth About Cancer on the internet, I did and was amazed at how ignorant I had become about what is really going on in health care  today. Time to start emphasizing the truth.
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