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Greeting

You will be greeted by the chiropractor, Gail Johnston.

About Gail

Gail Johnston gained a first class honours at one of Europe’s leading chiropractic schools, the Bournemouth based Anglo European College of Chiropractic.

During her 15 years as a chiropractor she has developed highly effective treatments that eliminate pain and discomfort so that patients can enjoy life to the full. She successfully treats pain in all parts of the body such as the arm, back, head, leg, neck and shoulder.  Treating people of all ages and disciplines.  Babies, children, pregnant women, students, manual workers, office workers, sports people and those enjoying retirement. 

Gail is chairman of the Wessex region of the Royal College of Chiropractors

Gail takes a highly personalised approach to treatment tailored to each patient using an array of manual therapies to relieve pain together with advice on lifestyle, posture and home based exercises to help patients stay out of pain. 

Treatments include spinal manipulative therapy (adjustments), soft tissue work including trigger point therapy, massage and stretches, dry needling (acupuncture), kinesiology taping, cranial therapy and exercise prescription.

Working out what the cause of your problem is

Gail believes that life long learning is fundamental to being an excellent chiropractor.  It is also a legal requirement for chiropractors.  Gail helps organise CPD (continuing professional development) events for the Wessex region of the Royal College of Chiropractors.  She is particularly keen to promote good relations and understanding between medical doctors and chiropractors.

Consultation

Gail will ask you detailed questions about your symptoms and how they are affecting your life.  She will also ask you about your general health including any previous illnesses, surgery or injuries.  These questions are important in helping to establish a diagnosis and to rule out anything more serious that may need referral to a medical doctor.

Physical Examination

To find the cause of the problem an examination is necessary.   This may include observation of the body, movement patterns, range of motion, palpation of the joints and muscles,  muscle testing, specific neurological and orthopaedic tests.

Explanation

After the consultation and examination enough information will have been collected for Gail to explain what she believes is causing your problem and out line a treatment programme.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions and decide whether or not you wish to go ahead with treatment.  If Gail thinks treatment it is not appropriate she will explain why and with your permission arrange for a referral to another health care professional eg your GP or an Orthopaedic surgeon or for further investigation eg x-ray or scan.

Same day treatment

For most people treatment will begin immediately after the explanation.  If Gail thinks treatment is not appropriate she will explain why and with your permission arrange for a referral to another health care professional eg your GP or an Orthopaedic surgeon or for further investigation eg x-ray or scan.

Treatments include spinal manipulative therapy (adjustments), soft tissue work including trigger point therapy, massage and stretches, dry needling (acupuncture), kinesiology taping, cranial therapy and exercise prescription.

Subsequent visits

Subsequent visits consist mainly of treatment. Depending on the progress, the initial treatment plan may be revised or updated, and the focus move towards prevention of future episodes of pain. You will gradually enter a more rehabilitative part of the treatment, consisting of home exercises, ergonomic and lifestyle advice.