Patient info

INITIAL CONSULTATION

At your first visit, Dr. Johnston will spend some time taking a medical history, which will include questions about your general health and lifestyle, as well as asking you about the symptoms or injuries that you’d like to address. With your consent, he will then perform a physical and structural examination, which involves touching the areas of your body that are experiencing pain and asking you to move around. He will also look at test results, x-rays and scan reports if these are available.

After conducting a complete physical and structural assessment, Dr. Johnston will have you lie on the examination table for osteopathic treatment. A typical treatment will involve the gentle and precise application of manual techniques. Each treatment is unique according to his findings in that day’s evaluation, with the goal being to improve tissue and joint motion, increase vascular and lymphatic circulation and balance to the autonomic nervous system.

Dr. Johnston will make a diagnosis and discuss a course of treatment with you. This may involve visiting him a few more times for manual therapy, some exercises you can do by yourself and some lifestyle changes. The number of visits will depend on the severity and duration of the illness or injury. In addition, prescriptions for nutraceuticals, medications or diagnostic tests may be given.

Patients often experience a sense of deep relaxation, tingling, fluid flows and relief of pain. Emotional releases may occur as well. You may experience some discomfort during and after treatment. Following a session, on a rare occasion, some patients report mild soreness in the area of their body that was treated, this can usually be relieved with an over the counter pain killer or natural remedy and will go away within 48 hours.

FEES

Our fees are based on professional and community standards. We ask that patients pay for services at the time services are rendered. For your convenience we accept cash, personal checks, VISA or MasterCard. We do not participate with any insurance companies and have opted out of Medicare. This means that our bill may not be submitted to Medicare. If you have private insurance with out-of-network benefits, we are happy to provide you with a detailed insurance receipt for reimbursement. If your check is returned from the bank for insufficient funds, we will add a $30.00 “returned check” fee to your account.

FORMS

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CANCELLATION POLICY

We ask for the courtesy of 24 business hours notice if canceling or rescheduling an appointment so that we may offer your reserved time to another patient in need. If you provide us with less than 24 hours notice, you will incur a charge for half of the visit fee.