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Chiropractic can help many conditions, not necessarily in your back. By improving skeletal alignment the following can be treated with great results:

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands due to neck problems
  • Pain, discomfort and stiffness in joints
  • Migraine and some headaches
  • Muscular aches
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritic pain
  • Sciatica

Many patients also find that chiropractic also helps with other seemingly unrelated conditions: eg indigestion.
The Activator Method is particularly suitable for TMD or TMJ (jaw) problems. The protocol for this treatment was developed in conjunction with Ohio University dental college.

 After visiting numerous osteopaths and chiropractors without getting to the bottom of my chronic neck and lower back pain, a friend recommended Gerard Johnstone approximately five years ago. After my first visit to him I walked out of the door as if I was walking on air. I visit him every six to eight weeks I have highly recommended Gerard Johnstone to friends, family and colleagues requiring treatment. Parking is no problem as he has his own private parking space by the door. 
(Dennis McCabe)

The Initial Appointment

On the first visit a case history is taken and an explanation of the examination process is given.
It is important to listen to the patient and hear his or her story about their condition, to believe what the patient is saying about their problem and how it affects their lives. The patient is the expert of their own condition.
The patient is examined, results of that examination are discussed so a care plan can be formulated. The basic methods of chiropractic are explained and how the techniques used will help the related condition.
Normally for the first appointment the patient is given a gown to put on for the examination. This is a standard healthcare examination to determine the extent, nature and cause of the problem. At this point sensitivity is required. The patient is always welcome to bring another person along with them to make them feel more comfortable. The ease and comfort of the patient is uppermost and indeed a patient may be examined fully dressed if that is their wish, however this may mean some observations are missing.
For treatment on the first visit and for future appointments loose clothing can be worn

How many appointments will I need?

Most people find between two and six sessions sufficient to address straightforward problems. The number and frequency of treatments will depend on a number of factors, including:

Extent of injury
Duration of injury
General fitness
Stress (muscle tension & stress on your nervous system)

Maintenance Appointments

The anticipated number of sessions will be discussed with you prior to treatment. Once your condition has stabilised, you may choose to schedule regular sessions, typically, between three to six times a year. This helps to keep chronic conditions under control.