Our Techniques


We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our judgment and years of experience.

The primary adjusting techniques we use include:

Cox Decompression Manipulation


Have you been told you have a bulging of herniated disc? How about stenosis or degenerated discs? Did you know that 95% of neck and back pain patients do not require surgery? Cox Decompression Manipulation is a safe, gentle, non-surgical, and hands-on approach to treating neck and back pain. The technique stops pain, realigns the spine, and restores spinal motion. It also dries up chemical irritants, drops the pressure inside the disc, and increases the nerve opening. It is well referenced with over 90+ articles in the medical and chiropractic journals. It is performed on special tables that Sumter Neck and Back Center is proud to say they have five! Dr. McGinnis has received postgraduate training in the procedure.




Diversified Technique


At Sumter Neck and Back Center, we use an adjusting style commonly referred to as “Diversified.”

First, an analysis of your spine is performed. This can initially involve a case history and X-ray pictures of your spine.

Subsequent visits may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend. Or, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the neck or lower spine.

With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.

The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment.

While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.




Activator Methods®


We use one of the most popular “low force” chiropractic techniques in the world.

First the Evaluation
We begin by analyzing how well your spine moves. We test how well you turn and bend. While you’re lying face down, we’ll evaluate the length of your legs. This simple procedure can reveal significant differences in leg lengths. Click here to try a simple leg-length home test. This time-tested protocol tells us if vertebral subluxation complexes exist and their location. It also helps us know when to adjust and when not to adjust.

The Adjusting Instrument
The Activator Methods® Adjusting Instrument is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust. Because it’s many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It’s also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees and other joints of the body.

The Follow Up
After your adjustment, we retest to make sure changes have been produced. Testing afterwards helps us deliver high-quality care and high levels of patient satisfaction.





About Active Release Technique®


Every session is a combination of an examination and an adjustment.

The Examination
I'll use my hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments. If scar tissue is present, I'll be able to feel it because it will be preventing soft tissues from moving properly. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength and even pain. If nerve tissue is trapped, there may be tingling, numbness and weakness as well.

The Adjustment
When problems are detected, I choose from over 500 specific protocols. I’ll apply precise amounts of pressure while you move or bend in specific ways that aid in the correction of your condition.

These manual maneuvers are normally applied at the site of your injury. Excellent results have been reported with the neuromuscular system:
  • Muscles
  • Tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Fascia
This work will often resolve a number of common health complaints:
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Knee problems
  • Tennis elbow
Most of these conditions share one important common denominator: overused muscles. We use this technique because it’s a proven, state-of-the-art soft tissue system that helps many muscle-related conditions resolved quickly and permanently.




Thompson


The Thompson Technique, developed by Dr. J. Clay Thompson, has evolved into a system of analysis and a way of adjusting the full spine. The combination produces precise adjustments and high levels of patient comfort.

A System of Analysis
Early chiropractors noticed that vertebral subluxation complexes would produce the appearance of a short, or contracted leg. Using a protocol of comparing leg lengths while the patient turned their head, helped determine whether the subluxation was in the upper, middle or lower back.

Terminal Point Table

What patients often notice first is our segmental “drop” table. After stepping onto the platform, the table gently lowers you into a horizontal position. This helps preserve any leg length inequality. Individual cushions or “drop pieces” located along our table surface, support each area of your spine until the thrust is delivered. Then, each drop-piece gently gives way, reducing the amount of energy needed to move a specific spinal segment.

Popular and Patented
So unique is this approach, Dr. Thompson was granted a patent in 1955. Since then, because of its precision and patient results, it is a technique used around the world.




Intersegmental Traction


When your posture and mobility are compromised, some muscles along your spine tighten while others become weak and fatigued. With time, affected muscles and ligaments make spinal correction more difficult. We use Intersegmental Traction to gently stretch and elongate the muscles supporting your spine to enhance the retraining of your spine. Lie down and allow the gentle massaging action of the table provide you with these helpful benefits:

  • Joint motion – As you lie relaxed, face up on our table, rollers beneath the surface slow travel up and down your spine. This adds motion to each spinal segment, the key to restoring improved spinal function.

  • Improved circulation – The gentle stretching of supporting muscles and soft tissues increases oxygen and blood flow, essential for healing.

  • Muscle relaxation – When muscles relax and spasms subside, healing and the recovery process from a spinal injury can be accelerated.

  • Reduces swelling – New injuries are often accompanied by edema and fluid build up. Motion to spinal joints reduces this protective mechanism and sets the stage for better healing.

  • Disc hydration – With blood supply to the discs almost nonexistent, disc nutrition and healing depend upon the circulation of fluids surrounding each joint. Traction helps circulate these fluids, supplying nutrition and removing cellular wastes.

  • Passive exercise – Like stretching before a workout, intersegmental traction helps restore elasticity to muscles supporting the spine. This helps break up adhesions and scar tissue, making your chiropractic adjustments more effective.

  • Feels great – You’ll love the relaxation! Traction feels good, is good for you and is an important adjunctive procedure that enhances the effects of your chiropractic care.
These 10-15 minute sessions, either before or after your chiropractic adjustments, help retrain your spine, establish better support, improved mobility and reduce the effects of scar tissue.




Laser Therapy


Imagine the surprise when researchers learned that certain light frequencies could actually reduce inflammation and enhance the healing process!

When patients learn that we use laser therapy in our practice, they have visions of a powerful, steel-cutting beam of light. The "cold” laser we use has only a tiny fraction of the power. Instead, its value comes from the frequency of the light it emits, not its intensity.

Specific Wavelengths
Instead of the full spectrum of light that comes from the sun, our low level laser produces light in a narrow frequency. Frequencies in the red portion of the rainbow are shown to assist the healing of soft tissues. Apparently, cells of our body have receptors that are sensitive to light.

How Does It Work?
How can certain frequencies of light speed up or slow down biological processes? Many theories have been suggested, but from practical application with real patients, we know it works for:
  • Wound healing
  • Inflammation reduction
  • Pain management
  • Cell regeneration
  • Scar tissue reduction
While scientists debate the mechanism by which low level laser works and publish their work in the scientific literature, our patients are just delighted that it works!




Ultrasound


Therapeutic ultrasound uses high-frequency, inaudible sound waves to treat a variety of soft tissue injuries.

Ultrasound is applied using a round-headed wand or probe that is placed in direct contact with your skin. At first, you’ll feel the coolness of the gel used to improve sound conduction. Then, you’re likely to feel a pleasant, warm feeling beneath your skin in the region being treated.

When these high frequency sound waves are directed to soft tissues and joints, the rise in temperature increases blood flow to the region, relaxes muscle spasms, increases metabolism and promotes your body’s healing response. Think of ultrasound as a form of deep tissue micro-massage, helping reduce swelling, increase blood flow, decrease pain, reduce joint stiffness and stimulate cell-repair.

A typical ultrasound treatment can take from 3-5 minutes. However, in cases where scar tissue is present, treatment time can be longer. During the treatment, the ultrasound probe is kept in constant motion.

Ultrasound can also be helpful at diagnosing minor fractures that may not be obvious on X-ray. Small, hairline fractures may produce pain as sound waves are trapped between the two parts of the break.

Naturally, we avoid using ultrasound where there are malignancies, metal implants below the area treated, acute infection, vascular abnormalities and on the abdomen of pregnant women.




Interferential Stimulation


Interferential Stimulation is a type of therapy which reduces pain, decreases swelling and speeds healing. Patients generally like the therapy and often fall asleep while under care. Patients describe it as a slight tingly sensation. A session generally lasts 10-20 minutes.

If you’ve been to a chiropractor before and prefer to be adjusted in a particular way, let your doctor know. We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your chiropractic care.