What is Gaitlink?

The Gaitlink Method

Each time we take a step, the weight of our body travels up our leg at approximately 200 mph.  This occurs an average of 10,000 times a day. This means our bodies must absorb over 700 tons of pressure daily from the surfaces we walk on.  Today, these surfaces are mostly asphalt and concrete.   

This “hardscape” is responsible for compression and degeneration of joints throughout the body, starting with the individual joints of the feet, which are responsible for surface adaptation and shock absorption.    

Fortunately, there are patterns related to the gait cycle present in the body, and when chiropractic adjustments are delivered in a specific combination the body unlocks itself so it can stabilize naturally. Once through the treatment, patients show a decrease in recovery time, improved injury prevention, and an early return to active lifestyles.   

Unlike standard chiropractic practice, the Gaitlink method requires a series of 27 appointments to fully restore mobility and function. After this series, most patients never require chiropractic care again.  

The Gaitlink method restores normal motion to the spine and extremities with gentle treatments that require low force to make the corrections needed.


The developer of the Gaitlink Technique, Dr. Andrew Swanson graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic-West in Sunnyvale, California in 1986. He attended post-graduate school at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. He went on to study with the Motion Palpation Institute and with his friend, Dr. Ken Stillwell, a former instructor for MPI. Dr. Swanson is board certified in Washington State and California.    

His specialty in motion palpation and extremity adjusting led to the development of the Gaitlink method more than three decades ago.  He has worked with professional, collegiate, and Olympic athletes using the Gaitlink approach.  Dr. Swanson is currently retired.