Look Through Our Frequently Asked Questions


See our FAQs about chiropractic x-rays, spinal adjustments, Vertebral Subluxation correction and other treatments offered at the Johnston Chiropractic Health Center in Gainesville, FL. Take a look below at a list of FAQs. If you do not see the answer to your question(s), please feel free to email us.


How Are Doctors of Chiropractic Educated?


The education process for a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) is like that of medical doctors (M.D.), dentists (D.D.S.) and osteopaths (D.O.). The Doctor of Chiropractic must earn their 4-year undergraduate degree before beginning another 4 years of chiropractic education at an accredited chiropractic college. Before graduating, chiropractors must pass 3 national board exams then take a state board exam in the state where they choose to practice. Dr. Johnston also attends continuing education annually in his field of expertise to complement his Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree. Additionally, Doctor of Chiropractic degrees require 100 more credit hours to complete than an M.D.

What is an “Adjustment”?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction to a vertebral joint that is misaligned or not moving properly. The adjustment restores more normal motion to the spinal joint; that helps vertebrae gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The ultimate purpose of this safe and natural procedure is improved nervous system function and improved health.

When Should Spinal Adjustments be Given?

When there is a Vertebral Subluxation to be adjusted, regardless of symptomatology.

What Do Spinal Adjustments Do?

Adjustment is the very specific term used to describe the ideal outcome of the chiropractic doctor’s attempt to correct the Vertebral Subluxation. An adjustment restores the brain’s communication with the body and vice versa. Health is restored as this normal condition replaces the unhealthy condition as an all-time reality.

What is a Non-Spinal Adjustment?

The ability to free other non-spinal joints is well within the chiropractor’s skill level. They are rightly called “manipulations” but are often loosely referred to as “extremity adjustments.” They can unlock joint adhesions or “fixations” and related joint maladies in shoulders, knees, hips and feet. Also rib and scapula joints.

What is Vertebral Subluxation?

The Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC) describes what happens when spinal bones misalign due to physical trauma, emotional stress or chemical imbalances. VSC is the underlying cause of declining health. Some people mistakenly think chiropractors only correct conditions.

The truth is that, misalignments of spinal bones can irritate, and injure and interfere with the central nervous system and thereby negatively affect all the structures, organs, systems and functions of your body. If these misalignments are left alone, they can lead to increased pain and malfunction. The fact is some symptoms don’t show up for many years after a subluxation occurs. But the nerves will continue to malfunction and elements of spine, like the discs, will progressively degenerate as DIS-ease and disease also progresses. They are called “Silent Killers” because they go unnoticed and undetected for years for most people.

And everyone has them. Some of us chiropractors call them “the predicament of the species.”

Why Do I Need X-Rays?

Many people overlook the importance of a thorough chiropractic x-ray examination. There are two major reasons why your chiropractor will recommend x-rays.

1) Pathology:It is the responsibility of Johnston Chiropractic Health Center to be certain that there are no complications in your case that might prevent or contraindicate chiropractic care. We also are responsible to make you aware of any other pathologies that may show up in your x-rays. The x-ray is the very best means by which Dr. Johnston can “look inside” and determine the exact condition of your spine as well as other parts of your body. That is why we maintain an x-ray department on the premises at our offices.

2) Analytical:Once Dr. Johnston has established that chiropractic care is safe for you, and that you can expect good results from it, the basic underlying cause of your condition must be analyzed. X-rays are used to analyze the position of the bones of the spine in order to locate misalignments. Chiropractic adjustments can then be accurately performed to correct Vertebral Subluxations. Also Dr. Johnston takes time to show you your analyzed x-rays and discuss your problems and recommend the best course of action to achieve your goals. He’ll always give you his best recommendations and then he’ll listen to how you wish to be served at our health center. He wants what you want – to help you achieve your health goals.While receiving chiropractic care as prescribed by Dr. Johnston, another set of x-rays will be taken at a midway point to determine your progress. Precise measurements will be taken to compare your results. They will be discussed with you in depth.

Are There Other Instruments Used to Determine Misalignments?

An extremely advanced computer software program called PulstarFRAS (Pulstar Differential Compliance) by Sense Technology is utilized at JCHC and nowhere else in Northern Florida. It precisely demonstrates to doctor and patient the precise points of spinal kinesiopathology in real time. This technology has advanced care and analysis of Chiropractic to a new standard of excellence and is currently only available regionally at JCHC.

The Pulstar: Analysis and adjustment system that takes a measurement of the mobility of each vertebrae of the spine, plots them on a easy to read graph for many uses, including instant visual analysis of the progress of each visit and cumulatively. This analysis and mobilization technique used in conjunction with hands on analysis, orthopedic, neurological and digital comparative muscle tests, digital range of motion tests and x-rays to give you the most accurate adjustments possible. And our clinical results show it.

Do Spinal Adjustments Hurt?

Actually, adjustments feel good. Subluxations (which is your spine being out of alignment) can cause a lot of harm to your body including illnesses.

Are Spinal Adjustments Dangerous?

Chiropractic adjustments are incredibly safe. Non-Chiropractic spinal manipulation is very risky.

Is Chiropractic Scientific?

More than scientific, chiropractic care is a philosophy, science and art that makes common sense.

Is Chiropractic Care Expensive?

Compared to what? Medicine? Sickness? Disease? Doing nothing?

Ask about our family wellness plans and finance options.

Will I Have to Continue Chiropractic Care for the Rest of My Life?

It’s always up to you. WARNING: You will love Chiropractic.

 Do Chiropractors Treat Back Pain?

We do not actually treat anything. We watch you get healthier as you get free of subluxations (the misalignment of spinal bones).