Chiropractic Care in North Charleston

What Are Chiropractors and How Can They Help?

Chiropractors are often thought of as the medical field that specifically deals with issues surrounding your back, or more specifically, your spine. While they certainly focus on your spine, chiropractors are essentially joint and nerve specialists. And since all your nerves travel from your brain and through the spinal column, if there is a disruption in any part of the spine, it can significantly affect your ability to function normally.

With all the messages that your brain sends through the spinal cord, it should not be a surprise that chiropractic care can offer benefits to several aspects of your life. Below, we have compiled a list of just some of the benefits of chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Care Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Tharnish reviews many frequently asked questions regarding chiropractic care.

Blood Pressure

If you’re faced with high blood pressure, it can be overwhelming to think about adding a medication that has several serious side effects into your daily routine. These side effects include fatigue, nausea, dizziness, anxiety, and weight loss. Recently, a study has found that just one chiropractic adjustment could result in the same benefits as medications that are specifically designed to lower your blood pressure, and that the effects of that adjustment could last for as long as six months.

If an adjustment can offer the same results as the medications, but without the daunting side effects, it may be the right time to book an appointment with your chiropractor.

Neck And Lower Back Pain

It probably isn’t a surprise that chiropractic care helps with pain in the neck and back. However, some studies suggest that 80% of Americans experience some sort of lower back pain in their lives. With costly surgeries, addictive pain medications and mixed levels of relief, chiropractic is another option that many people just don’t consider.

Chiropractic care can help to correct many issues without invasive procedures or prescription medications and may be a viable alternative for your neck and back issues.​​​​​

Headaches – Even Migraines

Both tension and migraine headaches can often be traced to your back. Spinal issues or back misalignment can create a strain on your muscles as they attempt to compensate. This additional strain can trigger tension and migraine headaches. Chiropractic adjustments can help to align the back and in turn, the muscles can relax, and prevent future headaches from arriving. In fact, there are over 200 studies that confirm these results!


Scoliosis is a medical condition that causes the spine to abnormally curve. This change in posture can cause issues with pain, breathing, and an overall reduction in your range of motion. While the treatment options are limited for people who have been diagnosed with scoliosis, chiropractic care is generally a great alternative.

When chiropractic care is combined with physical therapy, it has been shown to slow the progression of the disease while improving a patient’s quality of life.


Sciatic pain is caused by an issue in the sciatic nerve that travels down to your legs. Any problems that impair the nerve’s ability to function can result in pain in one or both legs. This pain can be so debilitating that it sometimes leads to an over-prescription or addiction to certain pain medications.

Chiropractic care works to help reduce the pressure that is placed on the sciatic nerve. Studies have shown that when patients visit their chiropractor to receive care, there was a reduction in the number of days that they experienced pain as well as a reduction in their pain severity.

Improve Neurological Conditions

Neurological conditions can be caused by a wide variety of reasons. Chiropractic care for these conditions can help to increase both blood and cerebrospinal fluid which, in turn, delivers more oxygen to and removes waste from the skull, allowing the brain to have an increased ability to heal and function properly.

The Importance of Regular Chiropractic Visits

Visiting the chiropractor on a regular basis can not only treat painful conditions, but can also prevent symptoms from returning. Though a couple of treatment sessions will lead to considerable relief, regular visits will help keep the relief constant.

Spinal manipulations and other chiropractic treatments pose an array of health benefits on top of keeping the spine in alignment.

Let’s explore the importance of regular chiropractic visits.

A graphic of a person driving illustrating the stress sitting for too long puts on the spine

Improve Posture

Working in cramped conditions or staying in the same position for long periods of time puts strain on the muscles and joints, increasing your risk of injury or chronic pain. Visiting a chiropractor for regular treatment can help patients avoid the aches and pains brought on by their working environment. In addition, chiropractic care can help patients improve the way they sit, stand, and move.

Improve Range of Motion

Muscles and joints are kept loose and flexible with chiropractic treatment. Blood flow to the cartilage at the ends of the bones can be inhibited by lack of flexibility, which leads cartilage to break down prematurely. When the muscles in the legs, arms, neck, or back are tight, a patient’s range of motion is restricted, and the risk of muscle strains and other muscle or joint problems increases.

Help Your Body Function Normally

Bones or tissues can push on nerves and blood vessels when the spine is misaligned. These spinal misalignments can disrupt the proper functioning of the organs and immune system. Regular chiropractic adjustments can relieve pressure on an individual’s nerves and blood vessels, and in turn, improve bodily functions.

Increase Flexibility

When an individual participates in their favorite sport or activity, they’re more likely to become injured if the body is not in correct alignment. By participating in regular chiropractic visits, patients can keep their spines and joints healthy, thus lowering the risk of sport-related injuries. Long-term care can also reduce the amount of time it takes to recover from heavy exercise.

Treat Pain Naturally

Although pain medicine can help relieve discomfort, the effects are only temporary, and pain levels are likely to rise when the medication leaves the body. If an individual becomes injured, their symptoms might last for weeks, months, or even years if the underlying cause is not addressed. Chiropractic care determines the cause of pain rather than just the symptoms, then introduces long-term solutions for pain management.


Chiropractic visits can improve your health and well-being. We welcome you to call our office at 843-225-2550 or schedule an appointment online.

Back Pain Testimonial

Our patient discusses his work-related back pain and the treatment he received at our office that relieved his pain and improved his sleep.

Disc Degeneration Testimonial

Mel discusses her history of disc degeneration surgeries and the pain that resulted. She visited Dr. Tharnish and improved her range of motion as well as lessening her pain levels.

Low Back Pain, Radiating Leg Pain, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated & Bulging Discs

Dr. Tharnish provides non-surgical treatment options for North Charleston, SC patients with low back pain, radiating leg pain, degenerative disc disease, and herniated or bulging discs.