Patient Spotlight: Young Mom Gets Her Life Back with Chiropractic Care

Patient Spotlight: Young Mom Gets Her Life Back with Chiropractic Care

Mom of four kids, Ashli, was taking care of her baby one morning, bent over, and heard something in her neck crack. She was in a lot of pain and remembered seeing something about a chiropractor in her church’s bulletin so thought, why not, I’ll call him. 

That decision was the turning point in getting her body back to doing what it was supposed to do so she could enjoy life with children. 

The Prognosis

Like all new patients, Ashli had an extensive intake with Dr. Lewis, which included x-rays and a consultation on the findings of the (painless) tests. 

It turned out that Ashli had 7 subluxations (these cause inflammation) in her spine and her hips were completely misaligned, which made the rest of her body overcompensate for the imbalance. 

“I wasn’t having a lot of pain because I had lived with it for so long and my body had compensated for the imbalances for years,” she said.

That had led to Ashli not being able to do a squat without falling over. Additionally, she has scoliosis, which had hindered her spine health for years. She knew most of this going in to see Dr. Lewis, except the information about the subluxations, but like many women, just had dealt with the pain and aches for years. 

The Greenville Spine Institute Difference

The way that Dr. Lewis and his team at Greenville Spine handle new patients and the beginning of Chiropractic Care treatment made a world of difference to Ashli. She had been to another chiropractor in the Greenville area who had helped her with some pregnancy pain but did not have a long term plan in place for her to reach the goals she had.

“Dr Lewis’ treatment plan wasn’t just a snap-you-up-and-send-you-home kind of thing,” said Ashli. 

Ashli majored in biology at Clemson University so her appreciation for Dr. Lewis’ extensive knowledge and explanation of the functions of the body and what he was planning to do was immensely helpful. 

“What got me about Dr. Lewis was the way he explained things to me,” said Ashli. “I loved that he spoke in terms I understood, that he used scientific language to tell me what was going on in my body and was pragmatic. I also really liked the physical therapy part of the treatment – the exercises at home and the ice bed at the office.” 

When it came to discussing treatment options, she appreciated Dr. Lewis’ individualized plan for her. She knew she would also have to put in the work and wasn’t afraid to do her part to make the plan a success. 

The Results of Chiropractic Care a Year Later 

In the course of only a few months, from August – November, Ashli went from 7 subluxations down to just 1. Today, it’s been a year since she first walked into Dr. Lewis’ office and her life has totally changed.

Ashli said she has so much more range of motion in her neck, back, shoulders, and hips. And one side effect she wasn’t expecting even happened. 

“My clothes even fit better because my hips were rotated and one hip was higher than the other,” said Ashli. “The same thing was happening with my shoulders.”

Since her spine was aligned, the way she holds her head was also drastically different, as she stood straighter and put less pressure on her neck and shoulders. 

But the biggest difference she has noticed is that now she’s able to play with her kids, to run around with them at the park, to go to the gym and get in a good workout and not fall over trying to do squats. 

“I can do all the things I haven’t been able to do since college,” Ashli said. “Dr. Lewis has changed my life.”

Ready for your Chiropractic Care transformation story? 

If you’re ready to take that next step in addressing long term back pain, healing your immediate aches and pains, or just maintaining your overall health, give us a call at Greenville Spine. We would be more than happy to sit down with you and discuss treatment options. Call us at (864) 631-1420 and let’s get you started on accomplishing all your health goals.

Patient Transformation Stories: Andrew & Nicole

Patient Transformation Stories: Andrew & Nicole

When Andrew and Nicole moved from the heat of city life in Arizona to the small town charm of Greenville in the summer of 2021, it wasn’t just the move they had to recover from. Nicole had just given birth to their third child and Andrew was passing a decade of working hunched over a computer. 

This couple ended up under the care of Dr. Kevin Lewis and happier and healthier than they had ever been before. But how it happened – and why they are now living their best life – is all part of their pretty incredible journey. 

Old Injuries + No Consistency 

Both Andrew and Nicole saw a chiropractor when they lived in Arizona but not on a consistent basis. They went when something hurt, got in line to get adjusted and went home. Andrew has been seeing chiropractors since he was in high school and dislocated his knee but neither his wife nor himself were consistent in going to their chiropractor, who never addressed any long term goals or previous injuries. 

“I came out [to Greenville] just hurting,” said Nicole. “I woke up every day in pain – my upper back, my lower back, shoulders. I was constantly holding my big baby and it was taking a toll on my body.” 

Additionally, Nicole had a series of unaddressed old injuries from her time playing sports and riding horses as a teenager and young adult. None of those injuries were ever addressed and the pain only compounded once she started having children. 

Both her and Andrew also had multiple fender benders while living in a big city in Arizona and Andrew had even gotten hit while on his bike. Add in long hours hunched over a computer and both of their bodies and spinal health were suffering. 

Finding Dr. Lewis

Soon after the big move to Greenville, Nicole was six months postpartum and not feeling great. Something had to change. She started researching chiropractors and came across a video on social media that a girl made about the Gonstead chiropractic method. She didn’t know there were multiple chiropractic methods and this video piqued her interest in learning more about the Gonstead method, which takes a holistic and methodical approach to addressing spinal health. 

She called that particular Gonstead chiropractor that was in this girl’s video to see if he had any recommendations for someone in Greenville as he was located a few hours away. It turns out he did! He recommended Dr. Lewis and Nicole immediately made an appointment for an initial consultation. 

Nicole was x-rayed and then saw Dr. Lewis to go over the results of testing. She was shocked at just how much the years of wear and tear on her body had done to her spine. It was eye-opening and after Dr. Lewis went through treatment options, she chose to pursue care under the practice. 

It wasn’t until a year later that Andrew got into Greenville Spine for his consultation. The reason? He saw how much Dr. Lewis had helped his wife and he knew he also had some serious issues to address. 

“My posture was bad,” said Andrew. “I always slouched over working from home and I knew I could get better. I thought I should just go in and get x-rayed.”

So he did. The results were more than surprising.

“My back was operating at 20%,” he said. 

He started treatment with Dr. Lewis in the fall of 2022 and by late winter, his back was operating at 80%. His adjustments were holding really well and he did his exercises that Dr. Lewis recommended and continued to workout. 

Looking at the Long-Term Picture

It can certainly be shocking to see the damage done over the years to your body, as Nicole and Andrew saw firsthand. But it can also be overwhelming to learn about the treatment options. Fixing spinal issues cannot happen overnight or with just a few adjustments here and there. 

“Dr. Lewis’ model is going to be very different from people who are used to going into a chiropractor when they are feeling uncomfortable,” said Nicole. “When we first saw the protocol, it was overwhelming but we had never addressed old injuries. Other chiropractic experiences have felt like band-aids on immediate concerns. I feel like, with Dr. Lewis, we are actually addressing our spine health and old injuries. There is a lot of peace.” 

For Andrew, it was easier to see the long-term picture of taking care of issues now versus later on down the road when they were much, much worse.

“I think sometimes people see sticker shock because they are used to getting a band-aid or just handling issues when it comes up,” said Andrew. “What they don’t realize is that when they get to be older, they have to adjust everything they didn’t adjust earlier. It’s cheaper, easier, and less painful to do it now. Breaking it down to the cost of each adjustment, that number doesn’t look as daunting.”

Nicole has had fantastic results with Dr. Lewis. She says that she feels so much stronger, even now after her third baby than after her first. 

“I can say this is the best I’ve ever felt as a mom,” she says. 

Due to the success that Andrew and Nicole have had with Dr. Lewis, they’ve brought their three children in for treatment also. Two of them are just on maintenance programs and Dr. Lewis is working with the third child for ankle issues and recurrent ear infections.

Working with the Staff at Greenville Spine

Both Nicole and Andrew said that they love the staff at Greenville Spine and everyone has been so accommodating. As sometimes happens in the lives of busy families, people get unexpectedly hurt. 

“Our youngest child one morning woke up with kind of a limp so we got her into Dr. Lewis and he was really great and got her in a couple times and we saw a huge improvement. He’s always been super accommodating,” said Nicole.

And Andrew was helping a friend move when he hurt his back. Even though Dr. Lewis had a packed schedule, he was able to get in twice that week and back to working out in no time.  

“Dr. Lewis listens a lot to what you’re saying,” said Andrew. “His method pairs well with what I want my lifestyle to be.”

Ready for your transformation story? 

If you’re ready to take that next step in fixing old injuries, healing your immediate aches and pains, or just maintaining your overall health, give us a call at Greenville Spine. We would be more than happy to sit down with you and discuss treatment options. Call us at (864) 631-1420 and let’s get you started on accomplishing all your health goals.

The 5 Components of the Gonstead Chiropractic Technique

The 5 Components of the Gonstead Chiropractic Technique

Not every chiropractic method is the same. Not only are there significant differences in patient care and treatment but there are different techniques used to achieve the most desirable results. 

The Gonstead technique, which we use at the Greenville Spine Institute, was developed by Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978). It “utilizes several methods of examination to analyze multiple factors, which, as effectively as possible, uncovers the primary characteristics of intervertebral disc lesions, intervertebral and full spine and pelvis alignment, as well as neurological ramifications of vertebral subluxation and full body health.”

The Gonstead Chiropractic Technique is a unique and effective treatment that consists of five main aspects, each one geared towards specialized and individualized treatment of the patient to accomplish their own goals. This method is so effective because it analyzes the spine through these five ways, making it a comprehensive and thorough method to treat patients. 

X-Rays

Normally you don’t think of x-rays in a chiropractor’s office but this is a key tool in the Gonstead method. We are able to take pictures of the full spine to see each vertebrae and identify subluxations (a point where joints are not aligned correctly and cause inflammation). Additionally, we use motion x-rays to identify misalignments in the spine. X-rays are taken during the initial exam and throughout the treatment process to measure progress and catch any outlying issues.

Restoring alignment and motion to patients are of critical importance in the Gonstead method. 

Palpitation

Palpitation takes into account the tone, temperature, and texture of the spine through both motion and static examinations. Subluxations often cause swelling and a warmer temperature, which we can feel through the skin. Tightness also indicates a spot that needs to be adjusted. Many of our patients are surprised that we know exactly where they are in pain when we do an exam – this is the reason. 

Checking the spine through motion can also tell us exactly where subluxations are and where an adjustment is needed. 

Instrumentation

We use a tool called a Nervoscope, which runs along the spine to detect small changes in temperatures. This helps to identify subluxations. It’s a key component of the Gonstead technique and essential in the care of patients. This is a painless instrument that feels like two fingers running along the sides of the spine.

Visualization

The Gonstead method is not a one-size-fits-all technique, which is one of the reasons it is the gold standard in chiropractic techniques. Every patient is different and every body is different. By looking at the patient – their gait, their posture, how they move – we are able to assess where improvements can be made to restore each patient to their maximum potential. 

Greenville Spine takes into account the lifestyle of each patient, their specific goals, their specific challenges they are facing, and their specific body and how it works. 

Case Management

Case Management is just looking at the patient’s overall health and using that information to determine best treatment. Chiropractic care is looking at the entire puzzle, not just piece by piece. It is essential to take into account all aspects of a patient’s health to figure out what will work best for them and how to help them achieve their goals. 

In the Gonstead method, frequent check-ins with patients that include things like updating at-home exercises, adding new stretches, taking into account current workloads and life changes, and conducting x-rays are some of the most important ways that make the Gonstead method stand out amongst all the other chiropractic techniques. 

By treating each patient as a unique individual instead of using a blanket method for everyone, is a key reason why this method is so successful. To learn more about the Gonstead Chiropractic Method, you can check out the Gonstead website.

Taking the next step

Ready to take the next step in your health and see why the Gonstead method is successful? Give us a call at (864) 631-1420 and let’s get you started on accomplishing all your health goals.

Consistency is One of the Keys to Success in Chiropractic Care

Consistency is One of the Keys to Success in Chiropractic Care

It’s February. You may have already fallen off the wagon of your New Year’s resolutions. Many people do and that’s totally normal! But consistency is so important to reaching your goals, whatever they may be, and it is a huge part of successful chiropractic care. So if you resolved to be healthier this year, to finally get those back and neck issues checked out like you’ve been wanting to do for awhile, here’s your sign. 

What is consistency?

Being consistent with something is committing to it wholeheartedly and doing it over and over again. When you’re learning times tables in second or third grade, if you don’t practice them over and over again and are consistent with your dedicated time, you’re not going to learn them. 

Or if you resolved to cook healthier meals this year but don’t make the effort to be consistent with meal planning and grocery shopping, reaching that goal is going to feel like an impossibility. 

With chiropractic care, after your initial assessment with Greenville Spine, an individualized plan is put together with your specific health and goals in mind, which includes regular adjustments and exercises. If you don’t follow through with consistency, reaching your goals is going to be hard. 

Once you start your treatment plan, there are other aspects of your life that can also be aided by consistency.

Consistency in diet

With regular adjustments, most of our patients start seeing positive results quickly. In the beginning, patients usually come at least a couple times a week as we dive right into the treatment plan and help patients to start off on a good foot and reach their goals. 

Eating a healthy and balanced diet on a consistent basis is a great way to supplement the good changes you will be seeing after your adjustments. Drinking enough water, eating enough greens and vegetables, and balancing your diet is very helpful to ensuring good results overall. 

Consistency in exercise

Our bodies are built for movement and exercise is an important aspect of overall health, which is why it needs to be done consistently. The benefits of exercise are vast: better sleep, healthier immune system, reduced risk of chronic heart disease or developing health issues down the road, and stronger bones. 

Exercise and chiropractic care go hand-in-hand. So many of our patients at Greenville Spine are athletes or former athletes who want to get back into consistent exercise or want to train to run a long race. Chiropractic care helps patients to optimize their bodies and functions, including many related to exercise and sports, which in turn helps them to perform better and hopefully be more motivated to get into a consistent exercise routine. 

Consistency in sleeping 

One in three Americans report getting less than the recommended seven hours of sleep per night, according to the CDC. Consistency in sleep is crucial to a healthy lifestyle. Making a commitment to go to bed at a certain time, putting down the electronics, and turning off the light can help with anxiety, focus, mood, and immune system functions. 

With consistent chiropractic care, many of our patients report sleeping so much better than before treatment. This is true no matter what kind of ailments our patients come to us with. It’s a pleasure to see our patients so rested and we always urge them to exercise consistency when making a sleep schedule to maximize their positive results of treatment. 

Don’t let those resolutions pass you by

If you’re reading this and remembering your new year’s resolutions that may have fallen to the wayside, it’s not too late to try again. Give us a call and we would be more than happy to get you on the right track to wherever it is that you want to be and help you. With the right consistency and dedication to your health, we can help you obtain a pain-free life. Give us a call to schedule your initial assessment. We’ll listen to you. We’ll talk about options. Give us a call at (864) 631-1420.

Can Chiropractic Care Help with Flu?

Can Chiropractic Care Help with Flu?

We are in the midst of a terrible flu, RSV, and cold season. Doctors have warned this season is one of the worst they’ve seen as viruses run rampant through families, schools, workplaces, daycares, and community groups. While it is essential to get enough rest, exercise, water, and make healthy food choices to avoid getting sick, chiropractic care can play a key role in keeping you in tip top shape. 

It’s all about the lymphatic system

The lymphatic system plays a huge role in your health. This system acts as a filter to get out the bacteria and viruses that could cause you harm. It does that through the lymph, which are made up of white blood cells, the soldiers of your immune system. Have you been to the doctor for a sick visit and they feel under your jaw line? They are checking to see if your lymph nodes are swollen, a sure sign that your body is fighting some kind of infection. 

The bad stuff that the lymphatic system filters out goes through lymph ducts, many of which are located along your spine and neck. What happens when your spine and neck are out of alignment? Those ducts get blocked and can’t filter out harmful pathogens and you get sick

Cost effectiveness of chiropractic care for the flu

Your trained and experienced chiropractor can make sure that any misalignments are corrected through regular visits so that when cold and flu season does hit, your body’s immune system is ready to attack whatever viruses or bacteria that come your way. Regular adjustments should be added to your healthy regiment just like exercise, healthy eating, and drinking lots of water are on the list. 

By putting chiropractic care at the top of your list for staying healthy, you are taking steps to reduce costs if you do fall ill. Doctors visits and prescriptions add up quickly, along with the side effects of those drugs. By consistently taking care of your body all year, you will be healthier and stronger when faced with flu season. 

Multiple studies show that people who regularly see a chiropractor are healthier overall and rack up less medical costs. This applies to both adults and kids. 

Decongesting with Adjustments 

As in all chiropractic care, the goal is to keep you healthy and pain free, which is accomplished through non-invasive methods of aligning your spine to make sure communication channels are open and operating at top levels from your brain throughout your entire nervous system. Why? So that messages go where they need to go and your body acts in the ways it was designed to act, which means kicking out harmful bacteria or viruses.

This is a natural method of decongesting, which should be done while you’re still healthy but can also be done when you are sick. 

Evidence of the Effectiveness of Adjustments 

One study on a nearly two-year-old little girl who was suffering from chronic ear infections and respiratory tract infections showed remarkable improvement after consistent adjustments during chiropractic visits. Her family had tried multiple medical interventions from nebulizers to antibiotics to bronchodilators for a year and a half and the child was not improving. She was taken to a chiropractor, who found multiple vertebral subluxations, which were interfering with the functioning of her nervous system. These vertebral subluxations were targeted during spinal adjustments and within one month, the ear infections were gone and within three months, the child was off the nebulizer and without any symptoms of RSV. 

Studying the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments would serve to help so many people suffering from common winter viruses and hopefully they will be taken up in the medical community. Yet anecdotal evidence that chiropractic care helps to not only assist patients who are not feeling well but goes a long way to prevent patients from having a harder time if they do get sick. 

Besides this method being effective for those suffering from flu and colds, the Greenville Spine Institute has seen success in patients who have had cancer and chemotherapy. Regular adjustments have been very helpful in aiding in the reduction of pain and correcting misalignments in the spine to help heal the body faster.

Taking Steps to Beat the Cold Season

If you already feel great during this current cold and flu season, that’s a great time to come in for an assessment to see how Greenville Spine can help keep you on the right path and give your immune system even more of a boost to keep you healthy and pain-free. If you’re struggling to feel better, that’s also a great time to be assessed and see how our experienced and compassionate chiropractors can get you on the road to better health. 

In the meantime, don’t neglect exercise, choosing healthy foods, and steps to reduce stress in your life. If you’d like to come into our office for a consultation on how we can help you, please call Greenville Spine at (864) 631-1420.

All I Want for Christmas is a Great Chiropractor

All I Want for Christmas is a Great Chiropractor

When Mariah Carey sang, “All I Want for Christmas is You” at a chiropractors convention in Las Vegas way back in the 2000s, maybe she really meant it. Or maybe she just needed the work. Either way, wishing for a great chiropractor for Christmas isn’t a bad idea at all.

Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up Christmas morning without that kink in your neck or the pinch in your back or that pounding headache? Wouldn’t it be nice to know your kid, who is playing soccer, is healing quickly from his injury or that your child’s digestive issues are finally being resolved? All these things are possible with a well-trained and experienced chiropractor who listens to patients and creates and executes a personalized treatment plan for them. 

Wishing for a great chiropractor this Christmas should be at the top of your gift list for all of the reasons above and many more. 

Ailments Chiropractors Can Help With

While some people think that chiropractors just crack backs for a living, our main goal is to use natural methods to work with the body to achieve optimal living conditions and a virtually painless existence. We want our patients to be happy and healthy. 

There are a multitude of ailments that chiropractors can help a patient with, including: 

  • Migraines
  • Digestive issues
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Nursing problems with babies
  • Sleeping issues

Ready to put a chiropractor on your Christmas wish list yet?

Side Effects of Chiropractic Care 

Since chiropractic care is 100 percent natural, there are no side effects that you would normally see using medication. Sometimes you may be sore in the spot where you had the adjustment but there really aren’t side effects to be concerned about if you see a licensed and experienced chiropractor. Trusting just anyone to adjust your spine is not recommended. At Greenville Spine, we have extensive experience helping thousands of people to live their lives without pain. 

In fact, at Greenville Spine Institute, we have a 98% success rate in helping patients to achieve their desired results. It takes a lot of work and effort on both the part of the chiropractor and patient but through the use of diligent adjustments, exercises, and a personalized treatment plan, the success rate is very high.

While most gifts under your Christmas tree don’t come with side effects either (well, maybe that drone will if you get hit in the head with it), seeing an excellent chiropractor will pay dividends for your health in the long term versus a gift that won’t last a fraction of that time. 

Making the Time for Health

Working in time for your health is no easy task with the demands of everyday life but it can be done if given priority. Yet it’s not just your own health that a chiropractor can help. 

Chiropractors are excellent for: 

  • Nursing infants
  • Kids in sports
  • Kids who are in the midst of painful growth spurts
  • College-aged young adults who aren’t getting the rest they need
  • Busy moms and dads shuttling their kids all over the place
  • People sitting at a desk all day at work
  • Those who are doing heavy lifting as part of their jobs
  • Grandparents lifting their grandbabies.

The list is endless. Chiropractic care is vital to any number of people at any stage of life. Chiropractic care does not seek to mask symptoms but rather get to the root cause and develop a treatment plan to tackle the issue head on. 

For most patients, the first few months of treatment are the most time intensive. Each case is different but the time spent finding solutions, going to the adjustments, and doing the exercises are never wasted. All of that time is an investment into your own health or the health of your loved ones. 

Getting that Christmas Wish

If you’d like to come into our office for a consultation on how we can help you, please call Greenville Spine at (864) 631-1420. We’d love to see how we can help you live a pain-free life.

If you want to give the gift of a great chiropractor to a friend or family member, gift cards are available or you can send them for their first initial consultation. This is a gift that surely won’t go to waste at Christmastime.