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. 

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Keep You Happy and Healthy During the Holiday Season

How Chiropractic Care Can Help Keep You Happy and Healthy During the Holiday Season

You hear enough about taking care of yourself during the holidays when it comes to eating well, handling an insane schedule, and avoiding stressful dinners with families. But what about pre-holiday prep? Have you thought about how a chiropractor could help you handle the holiday season with less stress while keeping you healthy and feeling restful? In this blog, you will learn why seeing a chiropractor can help you prepare for the busy holiday season and keep you healthy and happy into the New Year. 

Traveling and Chiropractic Care 

Thanksgiving and Christmas are the top travel holidays of the year, which means a lot of sitting and waiting and cramped seats and stressful driving or flying. Can you feel your shoulders tensing already? Keeping your appointments with your chiropractor is crucial to making sure you’re in the best shape possible when it comes time for travel. 

If your spine is properly aligned, all those stresses of travel will wreck a lot less havoc on your body than if your spine is not properly aligned or you’ve been skipping those chiropractic appointments. As soon as you’re able to get back into the office for your regular adjustments after travel, be sure to get back into your regular routine. 

And because Greenville Spine’s care is tailored exactly to your individual needs, we’ll be able to adjust your care accordingly to your lifestyle and unexpected events that may quite literally put a kink in your neck or back. 

Mental Health and Chiropractic Care 

When the spine is properly aligned, the brain has a clear pathway throughout the nervous system to send the signals necessary to regulate everything it needs to, including the signals necessary to respond to stress and anxiety. Many people don’t think of chiropractic care as having mental health benefits but it does. 

Research shows that there are many ways in which chiropractic care can help with anxiety relief. 

  • First, chiropractic helps relieve the pressure that misaligned bones cause on nerves in your body, creating an even flow between one’s brain and body to communicate freely. 
  • Second, chiropractic adjustments have been shown to help anxiety relief by releasing your body’s happy hormones like oxytocin and helps decrease cortisol levels which increase the stress in one’s body. Decreased cortisol levels also help one get a better night’s sleep. 
  • Chiropractic care has also been shown to lower blood pressure and relieve muscle tension.

We all need those happy hormones come the holiday season. A better night’s sleep, lower blood pressure, and relief from muscle tension are also high on most people’s wish lists. Chiropractic care can help with all of these issues. 

Digestion and Chiropractic Care

The holidays usually mean an overabundance of food. All that sitting and eating and sitting and digesting really take a toll on one’s body, even when you are trying to eat in moderation. Digestive issues can flare up during the holidays and really, who wants those kinds of problems in the midst of the Christmas spirit? No one. 

Chiropractic care can be a crucial component of getting digestive issues under control through proper alignment of the spine, which directly aids in open communication lines between the brain and nervous system. The alignment of the spine is of utmost importance in the body because of the communication lines that the brain demands to be open in order to work properly. 

For digestive issues like GERD, IBS, acid reflux, lactose intolerance, bloating, and constipation, chiropractic care can be a lifesaver. If nerves in the thoracic and lumbar regions of the back are pinched, that can cause significant digestive problems. One study done by the International Surgery Journal in 2012 showed that two-thirds of patients who had chronic abdominal pain also had a herniated disc. Two-thirds of those patients had been previously diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. While this is just one study, the circumstantial evidence I’ve seen in my own chiropractic care practice shows a definitive link between misalignment of the spine and digestive problems. Thankfully, many of my patients have obtained the relief they needed after a treatment plan was designed and executed. 

Ready to see if a chiropractor can help you?

Don’t miss out on the Christmas spirit because of pain or anxiety or digestive problems. There are solutions to these problems that are completely natural and pain-free. Here at Greenville Spine, we want to do everything possible to help you obtain relief and live 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.

How Do Chiropractors Help Migraines?

How Do Chiropractors Help Migraines?

If you missed the first blog post on migraines, what they are and what causes them, you may want to read that one first. If you are already a patient with a history of migraines and know enough about them and are searching for how chiropractic care can help you, then, by all means, read on. 

Can chiropractors successfully treat migraines?

That’s the real question, right? You’re reading this because either you suffer from migraines yourself and are looking for answers or you are trying to find help for a loved one. The short answer is yes, chiropractors are uniquely qualified to aid in migraine relief. 

Besides relief from migraines and recurring migraines, seeing an excellent chiropractor for migraine care removes any kind of side effect, which can be detrimental to some people who suffer from migraines and take drugs prescribed for that purpose. And those drugs aren’t treating the underlying tension, neck pain, and inflammation that many migraines stem from. 

Migraines and Chiropractors 

A 2011 study on chiropractic care for migraines through spinal manipulation showed that this type of care could be as effective as conventional medications such as  propranolol (Inderal) and topiramate (Topamax) – but without any negative side effects. 

A more recent survey from 2017 looked at 1,869 chiropractors to determine how many of them were caring for patients with migraines. More than half (53%) reported a caseload heavy with patients who suffered from migraines. 

Chiropractic care for migraines 

As mentioned in the previous blog post, the medical community believes changes in brain chemicals can trigger migraines:

They think many brain chemicals — such as serotonin, calcitonin gene-related peptide, and dopamine — play a role. According to the theory, a wave of nerve cell activity spreads across the brain and excites the trigeminal nerve. This causes the release of neurotransmitters that trigger a change in the size of blood vessels, releasing more neurotransmitters and finally causing an inflammatory process and pain.

Chiropractic care aims directly to reduce inflammation because of how much pain it can wreck in the body when not addressed. When there are subluxations (a point where joints are not aligned correctly and cause inflammation) in the spine, nerves cannot connect where they are supposed to and signals from the brain to different parts of the body are inhibited. Chiropractors aim to remove those subluxations, which can significantly help the body to do what it’s supposed to do without any obstacles to communication. 

The body is a complex system that needs to have those open avenues of communication throughout the spine – if the avenues are blocked by subluxations, the brain won’t be able to send those signals, and brain chemicals, where they need to go. How does this all relate to migraines? Inflammation is caused by subluxations, which could be related to an increase in migraines (among other issues). Therefore, when a chiropractor adjusts the body to decrease or remove those subluxations in order that the body can work as it should, migraines may lessen in the patient. 

Chiropractic care can also address the tightness in the shoulders and neck, which can lead to migraines, as well work to reduce stress in the body, which can also help reduce migraines. And by working only with all-natural remedies, chiropractors are often a wealth of knowledge on vitamins and minerals that work well to reduce migraines and will work with patients on their individual treatment plans to include these if needed. 

Ready to see if a chiropractor can help you?

If you’re reading this, you’ve likely been suffering from migraines or know someone close to you who has. They are a terrible ailment to have and here at Greenville Spine, we want to do everything possible to help you obtain relief and live a pain-free life. Give us a call to schedule your initial assessment. We’ll listen to you. We’ll talk about options. And hopefully we’ll get you on a path to living that life you want without migraines. Give us a call at (864) 631-1420.

Types of Migraines: What’s Happening in Your Head?

Types of Migraines: What’s Happening in Your Head?

Types of Migraines: What’s Happening in Your Head?

That aching, pounding headache that turns into a blinding migraine is something 47 million people in America suffer. This is about 15 percent of the population. Adult women However, in childhood, more boys experience migraines than girls. suffer the most though as 75 percent of those who experience migraines are female. There are different types of migraines and reasons why they happen, which we’ll focus this post on. Our next post on migraines will be how chiropractic care can ease the occurrences of them. 


What is a migraine?


Migraines are more than a headache. They are often accompanied by searing head pain, nausea, vomiting, brain fog, and sensitivity to light and sound. 


There are generally two different kinds of migraines: the classic migraine known as the migraine with aura and the common migraine known as the migraine without aura. Aura are the sensory issues that accompany a migraine. 


The migraine with aura happens in about a quarter of all migraine cases and includes a severe headache, sensitivity to light, dizziness, and maybe ringing in the ears or vision issues. The majority of migraines are those without aura which include many of the same painful symptoms as with aura but typically without the sensory sensitivities and vision problems. 


Other types of migraines


There are several other types of migraines that people can have, such as:


  • Silent migraine – this is when you don’t have a headache but have aura symptoms. 
  • Abdominal migraine – this one usually happens in children and includes stomach pains along with nausea and vomiting. Those symptoms can change into a classic migraine with time. 
  • Ocular or retinal migraine – this is a dangerous one and you should seek medical help immediately. Symptoms include either partial or total loss of vision in one eye and often a dull ache behind the eye, which can be short-lived. However, it can spread throughout your head. This could also be called a Ophthalmic migraine. 
  • Menstrual migraine – this happens when a headache is connected to a woman’s menstrual period. 
  • Vestibular migraine – if you have a history of motion sickness, you may be more prone to this type of migraine, which includes vertigo, nausea, balance issues, vomiting, and could have a headache or not. 
  • Hemiplegic migraine – symptoms of this kind of migraine can mimic a stroke – short paralysis or weakness on one side of the body, numbness, dizziness, and possible vision changes. Get medical assistance immediately. 
  • Status migrainosus – people with this type of migraine suffer pain so severe that sometimes they go to the hospital. Pain can last with this kind of migraine up to or more than 72 hours. Sometimes these are caused by medication or medication withdrawal.
  • Chronic migraines – this is when a patient suffers from migraines 15 or more days per month. 


Causes of Migraines


Even though migraines affect so many Americans, doctors still aren’t sure of the exact causes, which can be really frustrating for those who suffer from them. Doctors have figured out that often migraines pass through families and think that triggers like fatigue, super bright lights, or sensitivity to weather changes can cause them. 


The medical community also believes changes in brain chemicals can trigger migraines:


They think many brain chemicals — such as serotonin, calcitonin gene-related peptide, and dopamine — play a role. According to the theory, a wave of nerve cell activity spreads across the brain and excites the trigeminal nerve. This causes the release of neurotransmitters that trigger a change in the size of blood vessels, releasing more neurotransmitters and finally causing an inflammatory process and pain.


Even things like smells, stress, certain foods, and hormone levels can trigger migraines. 


Treating Migraines


Many people who suffer from migraines find that being in a dark, quiet room, using cold compresses on trigger points, taking over the counter pain relievers, or using prescription meds. 


It may be helpful to keep a diary of when your migraines happen and what was going on before it, what you ate, what kind of stress you were under, or any other possible trigger points. Some people find that limiting foods/drinks that may trigger migraines like: 


  • Red wine
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Chocolate (sorry)
  • Cheese
  • Foods with a lot of preservatives


There are several ways chiropractic care can help treat migraines, which is what we’ll discuss in the next post. If you’d like to come into our office for a consultation on how we can help treat your migraines, please call Greenville Spine at (864) 631-1420. We’d love to see how we can help you live a pain-free life.

3 Ways a Chiropractor Can Help Your Personal Injury Claim

3 Ways a Chiropractor Can Help Your Personal Injury Claim

3 Ways a Chiropractor Can Help Your Personal Injury Claim

According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, In 2020 there was one person injured due to an auto accident every 11 minutes.  The economic loss due to traffic collisions in the state was upwards of $4.42 billion in 2020, the latest data available. Workplace injuries are far more common, according to the National Safety Council, which states a worker is injured in some way in the United States every seven seconds. This equates to 540 work injuries per hour and more than 7 million per year

If you’ve been injured in a car accident or have suffered a workplace injury, you know how scary it can be and how uncertain the future of your health can be. Similar emotions are felt if the accident is work-related as well. It’s scary to face a future with injuries and not knowing how to best recover. At Greenville Spine Institute, personal injuries are a specific focus of Dr. Kevin P. Lewis and his staff. They understand how you feel and know how to help. 

Most common types of personal injuries 

The most common injuries due to traffic accidents are:

  • Soft tissue damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments, 
  • Upper or lower back strains, and 
  • Whiplash.

For workplace injuries, the most common ones are: 

  • Sprains, tears, and strains, and
  • Chronic back pain (especially for those who sit for long hours).

These types of injuries can almost always be treated with expert chiropractic care. In fact, it is these kinds of injuries that are treated most at Greenville Spine. It’s important to see a chiropractor soon after being injured however so you can be properly assessed and a treatment plan can be created for your specific injuries. 

Chiropractic Care & Personal Injury Claims

While expert chiropractic care from Greenville Spine Institute can certainly help you to feel better and recover from your injuries, chiropractic care can also help when it comes to personal injury claims. One of the primary problems following a personal injury is that it’s hard to find the right treatment options. Should you go to the hospital, primary care provider, specialty physician, or somewhere else? Because the majority of personal injuries in both car accidents and workplace injuries are ones to ligaments and tendons, an expert chiropractor is an excellent first option since it is these types of injuries that we treat the most. 

Here are three ways we can help with personal injury claims: 

  1. Through an extensive consultation, we are able to create a treatment plan specific to your injury(ies) that involves zero drugs or invasive surgeries. This type of treatment is much less expensive than using medication and surgical options to treat injuries that may very well be fixed through regular chiropractic care. 

  1. Initial (and sometimes longer) treatment may be covered by insurance if you see a chiropractor immediately following your personal injury. Our office staff can help you navigate the medical paperwork needed to file your claim and possibly have chiropractic care covered. 

  1. By taking proactive steps to assess injuries and start treatment, your chances of winning your personal injury claim typically are higher since you’ve established the injury with a medical professional and have documentation through your chiropractor’s records. 

If you’re an attorney and need to figure out the best course of action for your client, please contact us. We consistently work with personal injury attorneys to make sure their clients have the best possible care for injuries and treatment plan for the future. 

Personal Testimony 

This is from one of our patients who came to Greenville Spine following an accident:


My husband and I were referred to Dr. Lewis after an automobile accident by one of his patients. I am eternally grateful that we listened to my co-worker that urged us to go. We went through a full physical therapy treatment and my husband bounced back and is feeling better than ever before! I unfortunately got into another accident, and Dr.Lewis did not hesitate to get me in and get scans done. He is extremely informative and caring! I’m in the middle of my second physical therapy treatment, and I know that if it wasn’t for Dr. Lewis, his wonderful staff, and their masseuse Amanda, I probably wouldn’t be able to do anything that is required of me in daily life. Working behind a computer every day would be near impossible without these people in my life.

So really, if you are in need of a Chiropractor, look no further because you won’t find a better doctor out there.

Deanna R., Greer, SC 

Make Your Appointment

Ready to make your appointment with Greenville Spine? We’ll do a full consultation, including an exam, questionnaire, and x-rays. No two patients are alike and neither are our treatment plans. You deserve to live a life free of pain and we want to make that happen for you. Contact us to arrange an appointment

2020 Factbook
Workplace Injury Statistics
Most Common Vehicle Accident Injuries