What can I expect on my first
first thing a chiropractor will do is ask you about
the health complaints of which you are chiefly
concerned. The DC will also ask about your family
history, dietary habits, other care you may have
had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.),
your job, and other questions designed to help
determine the nature of your illness and the best
way to go about treating the problem.
How long does
the initial exam
take?The initial exam will take about 30
How long does the initial exam
initial exam will take about 30 minutes.
What is an
basic terms, adjustment refers to the process in
which the doctor of chiropractic skillfully applies
controlled force into one or more "subluxated"
vertebrae (vertebrae out of place) of the spine.
When appropriate, adjustments can also be used on
most of the bodies other joints, from head and jaw
to knees and toes.
What do spinal adjustments
helps correct vertebral subluxations. Correcting
subluxations reduces pain and inflammation, reduces
muscle spasm and tension, normalizes spinal
biomechanics and more importantly, can remove nerve
irritation and interference, which can improve
overall health and wellness of the
adjustments are the only way to eliminate vertebral
subluxations and deliver the chiropractic spinal
adjustment to correct subluxations.
How long will I have to continue
treatment lengths vary somewhat from person to
person and from condition to condition, there
are a few rules of thumb you can follow.
First, new injuries, if treated appropriately and
immediately, tend to respond to fewer visits
assuming that major tissue injury has not occurred.
Many of these first time injuries can be
effectively managed in as little as 3 to 4 visits.
Conditions that have been present for greater than
3 months and recurring conditions are generally
more stubborn and difficult to manage. Resolution
may require 12 visits or more.
The only sure way to determine how long your
treatment will take is to schedule a consultation and/or
For those of you who believe in just waiting for
the problem to "go away" on it's own - understand
that the longer your condition has been around, the
more treatments it will eventually require to
How much will it
vary and generally depend on the number of
treatments required to effectively treat your
condition. A number of studies have shown that
chiropractic care is extremely cost effective when
compared to other "medical" forms of care for
similar conditions. According to the 1993 Manga
Report, "There would be highly significant cost
savings if more management of low-back pain was
transferred from physicians to chiropractors. Users
of chiropractic care have substantially lower
health care costs, especially inpatient costs, than
those who use medical care only".
Note: We also offer different treatment plans and
payment options, placing chiropractic care within
reach for all who wish to receive its benefits.
Will my Insurance cover
insurance polices cover chiropractic care.
These carriers including HMO's and PPO's
recognize that chiropractic care effectively
treats many conditions! Recent articles
published in the Journal for Managed Care cited
Chiropractic care as being more cost effective
than conventional medical therapies in treating
low back pain. Your chiropractor is a
provider for Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, Medicare,
ASHN, VHN, and more.
Auto injuries are typically covered 100% by your
auto insurance company. If your accident was caused
by someone else, their insurance will pay for your
care. I accept auto accident liens, and wait for
payment when your case settles.
If you've been hurt on the job, Workers
Compensation Insurance also covers my services.
Studies show that most on the job injuries respond
quicker with Chiropractic Care than any other type
If you would like, we can contact your insurance
company and let you know what your benefits and
limitations are before you commit to care. Give my
office a call at 858-578-4400.
What if I don't have insurance or
if my insurance company offers little, or no
you have little or no coverage, you are not
alone! That's why I have very affordable,
no-interest payment plans that are amazingly
low cost and affordable! After your examination
and any necessary diagnostic tests
Dr. Marc Johnston will determine if he can help
you. A "Recommended Action Plan" that spells
out how much treatment and care will cost, how
long different phases will take, and what
options you have to pay for the care, is then
provided to you. At that time, you can decide
if you want to proceed with care. If not, there
is no obligation what-so-ever!
If you're not comfortable with the Recommended
Action Plan, or aren't sure about anything I
suggest, that's just fine. Whenever you're ready,
I'll be ready. If you decide to take a pass, that's
your choice, and I'll respect your decision with
the utmost professionalism.
What are the stages of
typical patient will encounter 3 stages of care.
The first stage focuses on symptomatic relief such
as reduction of pain and other discomforts. The
following stage addresses tissue healing and
function normalization. The final stage consists of
periodic spinal care to prevent the formation of
new injures, minimize future flare-ups of old
injuries, and prevent degenerative spinal processes
Do I have to keep coming
back for treatments?You may have heard the notion that once you
go to a chiropractor you have to keep going back.
Before we answer that question, ask yourself how
many times you have visited the dentist. Like most
people, you've probably gone dozens of times. Why?
Quite simply, to prevent your teeth from literally
rotting out of your head.
Once we have eliminated your pain and rehabilitated
the injured tissues we do recommend that you
maintain a schedule of periodic spinal checkups.
Like your dentist and like many of the medical
experts are now recognizing, prevention is the key
to reducing recurrences of existing health
conditions and minimizing new injuries in the
So, the answer is yes, we want you to keep coming
back, but just periodically. Periodic chiropractic
care minimizes spinal and nerve stresses, reduces
recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries
from developing and minimizes degenerative
processes, which enhances overall health and
Do Chiropractors prescribe drugs
procedures?The Doctor of Chiropractic prescribes no
drugs, medications, or surgeries. Doctors of
Chiropractic focus on restoring proper function as
a way of pain relief and optimal health. In many
cases, drugs are used to cover up your pain but do
nothing to “fix” the causes of your
I’ve been to many doctors for my
condition. No matter what they do, I don’t get
better. Why would going to a Chiropractor get
misalignment of one or more of the 24 movable bones
or “vertebrae” of your spine can irritate or cause
pressure or pinching on spinal nerves and result in
a serious health-robbing, damaging interference
(irritation or blockage) to normal nerve control of
your body. Since the brain controls all parts of
your body through the nervous system, this nerve
interference can cause pain and many health
problems. It can also lower your body’s resistance
so that you become even more susceptible to
contagious and infectious illness and disease.
Therefore, if your problem is caused by a
misalignment of one or more of the bones of your
spine, only chiropractic care will get you