Full Body Spinal & Extremity Adjustments

At North Myrtle Beach Chiropractic, our chiropractors use a variety of chiropractic adjustment techniques to correct misalignments in your spine and extremities to decrease pain, improve nerve function, improve mobility, and get you back to the activities that are important to you! We tailor our approach to your unique needs. Each and every patient will get an adjustment that is specific to them. You will receive personalized care and no cookie cutter approach here! Our chiropractors will use your X-rays, neurological checks, and feedback from patients to determine the adjustment they need that day. Our chiropractors are skilled in a variety of adjustment techniques and can tailor the adjustment to what is best for each patient. We prioritize your comfort and well-being, ensuring that each adjustment contributes to your journey toward optimal health. Some of the spinal and extremity adjustment techniques used in our office include: 

  • Diversified Technique: Diversified is a manual adjustment where a chiropractor uses their hands to deliver controlled thrusts to specific joints, restoring proper alignment and improving joint mobility. This often leads to cavitation or the popping noise commonly associated with a chiropractic adjustment. 
  • Activator Method: The Activator Method employs a handheld instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument. This tool delivers a low-force, high-speed impulse to specific joints, mimicking the natural motion of a manual adjustment but with a softer, gentler approach. We often use this approach more for young children, elderly, or those who need or prefer a softer adjustment. 
  • Gonstead Technique: Gonstead Technique is a chiropractic approach that differs from the Diversified technique by emphasizing primarily P-A (posterior to anterior) adjusting instead of rotary adjusting. It involves manual methods and typically leads to joint cavitation. Clinical decision-making may involve X-ray analysis, palpation, and other diagnostic tools to determine the segment(s) for manipulation/adjustment.
  • Thompson Drop Technique: Thompson uses a special chiropractic table with sections that can be raised up a fraction of an inch to distract/open the joint. During the thrust of the adjustment, this segment will drop slightly, which allows for a controlled adjustment without excessive force.
  • Webster Technique: Developed for pregnant individuals, the Webster Technique focuses on optimizing pelvic balance. Chiropractors use gentle adjustments to alleviate tension and promote proper alignment, potentially reducing discomfort during pregnancy.
  • Active Release Technique (ART): ART is a hands-on soft tissue manipulation technique that focuses on treating muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and nerves. Chiropractors use specific movements and pressure to release adhesions and improve tissue function.
  • Sacro Occipital Technique: This is a chiropractic method that involves placing triangular-shaped blocks under the pelvis of a prone patient to address issues in the low back. It employs low-force, slow-pressure manipulations/adjustments to target joint problems identified in the skull. 
  • Logan Basic: Logan is a chiropractic technique that involves applying light pressure to the ligaments of the sacrum. Simultaneously, gentle force is applied to different spinal levels to alleviate pain/symptoms and restore muscle balance. This technique is known for its gentleness and effectiveness, making it suitable for individuals of all ages.
  • Pierce Technique: Pierce is a chiropractic technique involving supine and prone pelvic adjusting using a drop table, along with prone or sitting instrument adjusting in the cervical region. Clinical decisions about which spinal level(s) to adjust are often made through X-ray analysis or motion assessment.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSSD) heals herniated, bulging, injured, and degenerative intervertebral spinal discs with an 86% success rate! When you compare that to a high rate of failure of spinal surgery (within 5 years), it is always worth trying NSSD before undergoing surgery. These amazing results are achieved by creating a vacuum effect within the injured disc. This heals disc injuries by sucking the jelly-like inner nucleus back inside the torn and injured tough outer layers of the disc. In layman's terms, it sucks the jelly back in the donut. This decompression force is achieved by a highly technical form of traction coupled with a computerized biofeedback feedback response system. NSSD is the best option to alleviate pain resulting from both acute and chronic spinal injuries. This non-invasive approach helps those suffering from conditions such as sciatica, disc herniations, disc bulges, “pinched nerves”, spinal stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, arthritis and more. 

We are proud to be one of the only clinics in the area to offer Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression! NSSD can prevent the need for spinal surgery by  utilizing a motorized system that allows for controlled and targeted stretching that goes beyond traction or inversion. This can heal conditions such as herniated discs, sciatica, and chronic neck or back pain. 

We often get asked if non-surgical spinal decompression is the same as traction or an inversion table because they’ve had it before and it didn’t produce enough changes. NSSD is very different from traction or inversion. Many providers will report that they are providing decompression when they are actually providing traction and it’s a disservice to patients because they are drastically different in their effectiveness. They both have a time and a place, but often patients are not educated on the difference. While traction and inversion tables also involve stretching the spine, spinal decompression utilizes a motorized system that allows for controlled and targeted stretching that goes beyond traction or inversion. The precision of NSSD in force and position adjustment sets it apart, as it can specifically target affected spinal discs, creating negative pressure within them. Unlike inversion tables, which rely on gravitational force, spinal decompression provides a more customizable and potentially gentler experience. While anyone can purchase a traction or inversion table for home or office use, only healthcare professionals can purchase a NSSD table due to the required education and precision required to utilize it. This allows the provider to tailor the treatment to individual needs, ensuring a safer and more effective therapeutic outcome.

Physio Rehabilitation

We offer a range of physio-rehabilitation services to complement your adjustment, decrease pain, and improve your mobility, and promote healing:
  • Therapeutic Exercises
  • Manual Therapy
  • Cold Laser Therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Intersegmental Traction

Integrative Dry needling

Integrative Dry Needling is an evidence-based therapy and specialized technique designed to address myofascial trigger points and musculoskeletal pain. This non-invasive procedure involves the insertion of fine needles into myofascial trigger points, releasing tension and stimulating the body's natural healing mechanisms. By promoting blood flow, reducing muscle tightness, and enhancing the release of endorphins, Integrative Dry Needling aids in restoring optimal function to affected areas. IDN often provides pain relief, improved range of motion, faster recovery, decreased inflammation, and improved healing. Unlike other needling techniques, Integrative Dry Needling focuses on precise anatomical points, targeting trigger points to alleviate pain and enhance mobility.

Graston Technique

Graston Technique is a specialized form of manual therapy that uses specialized instruments to detect and treat soft tissue dysfunction. Graston Technique instruments are precisely crafted and have unique shapes and edges. They are used to apply targeted pressure and glide over the skin to identify and treat problematic areas. Once problematic tissues are identified, Graston instruments are used to massage and manipulate the affected soft tissues. The goal is to break down scar tissue, fascial restrictions, and adhesions, facilitating better movement, reducing pain and inflammation, and promoting the healing of damaged tissues.

The Graston Technique is often employed to address a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including:
  • Muscle Strains and Sprains: It can help break down scar tissue and improve the healing of strained or sprained muscles.
  • Tendinopathies: The technique is effective in managing conditions such as tendinitis and other tendon-related issues.
  • Fascial Restrictions: It can address restrictions in the connective tissue (fascia) that may contribute to pain and limited range of motion.
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries: Individuals with overuse injuries, common in athletes and those with repetitive motions in their daily activities, can benefit from Graston Technique.

The Graston Technique is generally well-tolerated by patients. Some may experience mild discomfort during the procedure, but it is often followed by a sense of relief and improved mobility.