Houston Chiropractor Dr. Gregory Johnson is a Cum Laude 1981 Graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa the Fountainhead of Chiropractic. The Johnson Chiropractic Technique is a combination of Chiropractic techniques taught at Palmer i.e., Palmer Diversified, Thompson, Gonstead, extremity adjusting and his post-graduate studies in various techniques and the science behind them. Dr Johnson studied under Dr. Dan Murphy, a Doctor of Chiropractic who teaches Chiropractors around the world in the science, especially neuroscience, neurophysiology, neuropathophysiology, biomechanics, Biophysics, and kinetics of the human body. The Johnson technique is a combination of all of the aforementioned techniques and science all put together for the complete whole body approach formulated by Dr. Gregory E. Johnson DC, which combines 38+ years of successful practice experience and thousands of post-graduate continuing education hours in Biomechanics, Biophysics, Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, and Neuropathophysiology.
The Johnson Technique utilizes the Cartesian Coordinate System (X, Y, Z-Axis) to evaluate and adjust the Biomechanical integrity of the human spine, pelvis, and extremities and does pre and post three-dimensional posture analysis as well as mirror image adjustments of the spine and extremities. All adjustments are done with a high velocity, low amplitude specific thrust to realign the joint into its most biomechanically relevant position/alignment to the adjacent bone/joint. The main objective of the Johnson Chiropractic Technique is to detect and then correct biomechanical improprieties, (Subluxations) of the spine and extremities freeing the human body of neurological and physiological interferences, (The Vertebral Subluxation Complex) of the spine. Dr Johnson also adjust the pelvis, and extremities and allow for maximum joint range of motion breaching the paraphysiological space moving the joint being adjusted to its maximum joint range of motion within the anatomical integrity of the ligaments responsible for that particular joint’s integrity, (Full Range of Motion). This whole body adjustment approach stimulates mechanoreceptors in the capsular ligaments if the paraphysiological space has been breached taking the joint to the anatomical integrity of the ligaments in each joint to send proprioceptive neurological afferent impulses from the joint/nerve to the spinal cord and then into the cerebellum, (Brain) eliciting and neurological response i.e. Efferent Signals throughout the body that communicate through a negative feedback loop resulting in better neurological function which normally results in a reduction of pain reception i.e. (Pain Gate).
The key component of the Johnson Chiropractic technique is his revolutionary manual spinal decompression, formidably nicknamed the Ring Dinger ®. This Y-Axis decompression adjustment causes a Y axis distraction of all 24 freely movable vertebrae creating a vacuum between the vertebrae and allowing for retraction of bulging or herniated disc matter, (Nucleus Pulposis). This powerful Y axis adjustment improves the joint range of motion to its maximum range (Anatomical Ligament Integrity) which drastically reduces the neurological interference at the intervertebral foramina, (IVF) of the human spine which commonly causes symptoms such as pain, (Pinched Nerve) restriction of range of motion, (Stiffness) in conditions like lumbosacral radiculopathy or cervicobrachial syndrome/radiculopathy.
The entire premises of “The Johnson Chiropractic Technique” in theory and with current neuroscience principles is to stimulate as many mechanoreceptors during a full body adjustment, spine & extremities to elicit a neuroproprioceptive input, (Afferent) and then a subsequent Efferent preganglionic and post ganglionic neurological response affecting the human homeostatic state of health and wellbeing.
The final piece of this incredibly successful technique utilizes a high velocity, low amplitude adjusting instrument while in a mirror image of the patient’s previous biomechanical improprieties/subluxations to correct posture which is a mirror of the patient’s spinal biomechanics. This adjustment of the C1 vertebrae on the X axis sends neurological Afferent impulses into the medulla oblongata and spinal nerves in the Atlas/Occipital regions surrounding the medulla oblongata into the cerebellum. The cerebellum, which controls balance, posture, coordination and every kinesthetic movement in the body is stimulated to retrain the body, (Neurologically & Physiologically) to retrain itself in a better biomechanical position (Neuroplasticity).